Search:

Type: Posts; User: sunburst

Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.30 seconds.

  1. Replies
    18
    Views
    651

    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    From my own experience, not from anything I've read or been told, here is a 'hypothesis' that I have formed.
    First a little background;
    We know (as mentioned in this thread among others) that to...
  2. Replies
    12
    Views
    470

    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    There is an edge there; the finish stops at the corner of the fingerboard because there is no finish on the fingerboard surface. The finish is also applied very thickly. That combination; thick...
  3. Replies
    12
    Views
    470

    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    OK, it makes more sense now. I'd call that the top edge of the 'board.
    It not a real problem, other than aesthetically.
    As for being normal, well kind of. When a finish is applied that thick it...
  4. Replies
    12
    Views
    470

    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    We'll need pictures to have an idea of what's going on. It may indicate a structural problem, but it might be that the chipping is the only problem. Is it normal? Maybe...
  5. Replies
    18
    Views
    651

    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    David, I've bent sides without added water. There is always some moisture content in wood (unless it is freshly oven died), and it seems to me that some wood bends better with less water and some...
  6. Re: How to lower action - old Gibson A1. Top or bottom of bridge?

    Just make a new replica bridge. Those old one-piece bridges are a simple design and not difficult to make. The most complicated part is fitting to the top of the mandolin and cutting the steps in the...
  7. Replies
    15
    Views
    443

    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    +1, and if I could "+" more than that I would.
    We need to know where we are going before we start. Plastic wood is almost always a no-no in instrument work.
  8. Replies
    23
    Views
    701

    Re: proper fret dress

    181250
    Clearer notes, better intonation, easier playing, better appearance, more work by the luthier.


    181251
    Not very clear notes, difficult slides, difficult intonation, less work by the...
  9. Re: Does changing tuning on a tenor require different saddle?

    Ha!
    I have a pretty good ear, but once in a while I have customers who can hear pitch variations of seemingly about 1 cent or less! Those folks can never feel like they are actually in tune, and it...
  10. Re: Does changing tuning on a tenor require different saddle?

    First of all, 'compensation' is a compromise. Tuning can never be perfect at every fret and every string (with standard frets). So, with that as background, going from CGDA (I assume you meant that...
  11. Replies
    15
    Views
    443

    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    First tip:
    Wait until you have the mandolin in your hands to decide what needs to be done and how to go about it.
    You can get plenty of advice here so feel free to ask nearly any question, but it...
  12. Replies
    37
    Views
    2,262

    Re: Top and back graduations

    To me that all comes under "wood stiffness properties" as well as split resistance, stability and other things that were not specifically mentioned. If I have a piece of wood that is low density, low...
  13. Replies
    30
    Views
    1,426

    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    The gist of what Dave found and I applied to my mandocello is this:
    The top and back plates of the Gibson design do not couple as well as they could with the air resonance because they are too small...
  14. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    I don't know...
    but it looks like something from the metal of the tuner has infiltrated the wood under the finish. I base that on the color looking to be in the wood under the finish, and it looks...
  15. Replies
    37
    Views
    2,262

    Re: Top and back graduations

    Not really.



    A little bit. I feel that I have some control over sound, but once materials are chosen there are limits.



    Yes, but density figures into that with about as much importance.
  16. Replies
    29
    Views
    1,268

    Re: lacquer problem

    I have had that happen with catalyzed varnish over shellac, but never with lacquer. (It was the first time I had a finish not adhere well to shellac, previously considered to be compatible with...
  17. Replies
    29
    Views
    1,268

    Re: lacquer problem

    I've wondered if that is sometimes the problem people are having with shellac as a sealer, but I haven't mentioned it because it is just a guess and could easily be wrong. I spray only two light...
  18. Replies
    29
    Views
    1,268

    Re: lacquer problem

    Ive never had a problem with shellac as a sealer, but I have with vinyl sealer. Any small sand-through in the lacquer at any time in the finish process leaves an area of clearer looking wood. Not...
  19. Replies
    10
    Views
    607

    Re: Fingerstyle mandolin

    I linked to this video in another thread, but here it is again. Ken Holbrook playing fingerstyle (with finger picks) on a mandocello.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg8eSGaCHz4
  20. Replies
    29
    Views
    1,268

    Re: lacquer problem

    My money's on 'we never figure it out'.

    BTW, I amalgamated the lacquer on some of the instruments with checked lacquer and the checks dissipated, but reappeared later. Yes, I think stripping and...
  21. Replies
    29
    Views
    1,268

    Re: lacquer problem

    I think Mohawk and Behlen have been one and the same for a very long time. For what it's worth, I now use Mohawk lacquer with few problems (just the usual ones).
    Yeah, WoodCrafters could have had it...
  22. Replies
    29
    Views
    1,268

    Re: lacquer problem

    How old is the can of lacquer?
    I had checking problems using the last half of a 5 gallon pail of McFadden's lacquer. I quit buying 5 gallon buckets and only never buy larger than 1 gallon cans. I...
  23. Replies
    37
    Views
    1,831

    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    You don't have to pay that much for fret work.
    As a repairman, if they can charge that much and get people to pay, more power to them!
  24. Replies
    10
    Views
    515

    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    The neutral axis of a neck turns out to be very close to the fingerboard glue joint. That is partly because the fingerboard material is generally a stiffer, more dense material than the neck. The...
  25. Replies
    10
    Views
    515

    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    This has been discussed here quite a bit, and it can get pretty involved. This applies to "standard" tension truss rods. Two way rods, stiffeners such as CF rods and so forth, those are different....
Results 1 to 25 of 500
Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4