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  1. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    The James tailpiece is a wonderful design and a joy to use if you change strings much. The satin finish does attract dirt a bit IME. I put an Allen on an earlier build and, to me, the advantages...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    You can get what you want without a gun. As you discovered, you need a very high concentration of dye on the darkest part and may have to go back over it several times. I shoot the darkest parts...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Steve's advice is spot on (just look at his instruments!). I seal spruce tops with super blond shellac and then lightly sand with 320 just enough to get smooth. For the darkest margins at the edge, I...
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    For wood rasping, I mainly use vixon and plas-ti-cut files that have have quite large (and sharp) teeth, for them the standard file card makes quick work of it. For nuts, saddles, and fret ends I use...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    It's what he really wanted. He's a really gifted musician and has had me regraduate tops and backs on a few fiddles (MUCH easier) and experiment with unconventional bass bars in them. Always an...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    I found myself in a similar quandry when a friend/customer wanted a virizi tone inducer installed in a mando I sold him long ago. When the back went back on, there was no way to maintain the 0.080"...
  7. Re: 1957 Fender Mandocaster Fingerboard Cleanup?

    Yuk! It almost looks like it has been painted black at one time and then scraped. First try: grey Scotchbrite sideways across the grain and see how much of the black comes up. Actually, I'd pay a...
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuning Keys

    Istvan, I would try lubricating them. Bicycle derailleur lube makes a big difference. Tri-flow is the one I believe Frank Ford recommended. Being a cyclist, I have already Dumond Tech Lite on hand....
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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    I, too, was a pinky planter. To the point where it was affecting the finish on my prized mandolin I built. I also found myself hooking my 3rd finger under the E string when playing to orient myself....
  10. Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Tooling for making mandolin bridges gets specific. For one, a decent drill press with a vice that holds the saddle blank. Those holes for the screw studs must be dead on. If I was going to try to...
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    Yes. They are worth it. They don't slide around in my fingers and the tone is great for what I do. The speed bevel makes a big difference if you're trying to play fast. They do not wear out or break....
  12. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    I'm with Nevin, a compound radius is unnecessary. All five of my mandos have a straight 12" radius, I find it to be a comfortable compromise and several of my guitars have that radius too. I did...
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    Re: "tinny" A string?

    I think Walt nailed it on this one. On my 5 builds so far, the A string has been the hardest to get a good tone out of. One thing that seems to help some is raising the bridge some on the treble...
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    Re: Gibson Mandola Restoration

    I will echo what others say about refinishing, it not only impacts the value of vintage instruments, but also the tone. In terms of pulling the back, putting it back together and getting everything...
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    Re: Feedback: First fret pulling job

    A good luthier/tech will break the sharp corners of the fret slot with a 3 corner file, making a little easier to set the frets and, more importantly, reduce chipout the next time the instrument is...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    re: fret files? I started out with the Gurian fret file. I find it takes a good bit of finger strength and leaves a fairly rough surface. Because I'm a builder and occasionally do fretwork for...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Interesting bracing. Where did you get the idea for the lattice bracing? I assume there's a slight arch induced in the X-brace.
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    Re: Pickup Suggestions Please

    I have a JJB installed in a guitar and recently installed K&K in a friend's mandolin. The K&K sounded fine with just a standard DI into a Loudbox Mini when we soundchecked the installation. The...
  19. Re: At what point in your build should you avoid heat and humidit

    Will the finished instrument live in a climate controlled environment? If so, then wood shrinkage may affect some of your joints. Perhaps not enough to compromise structural integrity, but maybe...
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    Re: Fret bevel angle, pictures Help?

    +1 on Sunburst's point about the edges. I use one of those little safe edge files from Stew Mac made for that purpose, and get the ends closer to hemispherical so the fingers don't catch on them.
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    Re: How do you rip the wood for your ribs?

    I would think if you get that Laguna tuned up well and adjust your fence for blade drift, you should be able to get very consistent resaws off of it. Just run the stock over the joiner after each cut...
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    Re: fretboard support opinion?

    I always was leery of that joint, gluing end grain maple to piece of another material, which was in turn glued to the end grain of the neck. I've seen a picture somewhere of someone putting a steel...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    I think Charlie's observations sum it up pretty well. Is the mando finished with nitrocellulose lacquer? If so, then the sound definitely will change over time. Nitro consolidates and gradually...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    Sealing the inside of the instrument to slow down humidity change makes sense but it's never traditionally been done in the violin or archtop world, not sure why.

    Gauze reinforcement of the F...
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    Re: Fret Size Opinions

    I'm another convert to EVO Gold FW74 and put it into my last two builds. I've played both of those mandos for for 3-4 years now and neither shows any sign of wear. Tonewise, the notes are clear and...
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