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  1. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    I cant post a sound file, but I can send you an attachment to your private email.
  2. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    Note that the inner top is free-floating beyond the false sides. It is spaced about 1/8” away from the sides and the tail block. A sound hole was cut before the inner top was glued in place.

    The...
  3. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    The inner top was then installed from the underside:196185
  4. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    Glue linings were installed next, along with some strips to support the inner top:196184
  5. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    “False Sides”
    After the neck and tail blocks were glued in, the false sides were bent so that they could be to the neck block and blend into the sides. They are taller than the sides so that they...
  6. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    The overall size I chose for this mandolin: 9 ½”x12” body, 2 1/4” deep, 13 7/8” scale. The shape is based on the medieval lute. The round bottom has a 4 ¼” radius and it flairs out with a 9 ½”...
  7. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    The Design: 196179196180
    The first hurdle is the lack of information to guide the builder. It is a process of trial and error spread over several instruments to arrive at a satisfactory balance....
  8. Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

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    What is a double top mandolin? Not to be confused with a construction method of laminating two tops together as an alternate to conventional top-bracing.
    Quite simply, it is a deep body...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Double top showing the braced soundboard and the "inner top" in place.

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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    Double top mandolin in rosewood/spruce/maple.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    What's the point? A "one point" mandola in maple and spruce with a 16" scale.
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    Re: Atlanta Mandolin Luthiers

    Hello,
    I am a flattop builder in LaGrange. Check out my website:
    https://www.cripplecreekmandolins.com
    Thanks,
    David
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    Re: "H" Bracing for a flat-top Octave Mandolin

    Braces are all 1/4 x 3/4 and tapered toward the top. I left the transverse brace full height to carry the load. The longitudinal braces were reduced by quite a bit, but are still very stiff. There is...
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    Re: "H" Bracing for a flat-top Octave Mandolin

    Thanks Earl. It is very encouraging to know it works well with the larger top of an OM. I will be building the braces today and hope to get them carved tomorrow.
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    Re: "H" Bracing for a flat-top Octave Mandolin

    Interesting idea; leaving a gap so that the braces don't touch at the intersection?
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    Re: "H" Bracing for a flat-top Octave Mandolin

    Graham,
    I thought I read somewhere that you would suggest placing the traverse brace slightly ahead of the bridge location rather than directly underneath it?
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    "H" Bracing for a flat-top Octave Mandolin

    I have used H bracing on some 10" mandolins, and recently used it on a 11 1/2" wide body (see pic).
    I am now building a 12" wide Octave Mandolin with a 19" scale. Any thoughts out there?
    In the...
  18. Re: Help with identifing the age of a J-45 Gibson Guitar

    Thanks for all the posts. I agree, this is a desirable guitar. I have studied Reverb off and on today. Its a great source for info (not as great as the café!). The sales prices may be a little...
  19. Re: Help with identifing the age of a J-45 Gibson Guitar

    Thanks for all the good info...I knew the Café could help me.
    It is a belly up bridge, truss rod, smaller pick guard, and the FON would put it at 1950.
    The neck is straight and level, although...
  20. Help with identifing the age of a J-45 Gibson Guitar

    I know this is a mandolin forum, but I don't know where to turn for help. My neighbor has an old J-45 that he is thinking of selling. I think it is between 1950 and 54. 19 fret, three piece edge...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    All finished. Nice clean tuners have been lubed, new frets on a freshly leveled board, all splits have been stabilized. The nut and bridge are from the Alrite that was recently restored. Sounds...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    100 years old (with 50 years spent in a damp basement) and they look like new. Oxyclean and a scrub brush on the buttons, and Naval Jelly on the metal:

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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    Thanks for the background info on the use of birch. Here is the catalog page:
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    Al least they got the fingerboard correct.
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    Pretty sure it is birch. I have never heard of birch as a tone wood, but I have read that birch was used on the Gibson Alrites and the A/N's. The Alrite I restored had a lot of volume, and this one...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    So what wood is the back?

    Peter Coombe - mandolins, mandolas and guitars
    http://www.petercoombe.com

    Update: Peter asked what wood was the back built with. I was at my local "Woodcraft" store...
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