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    Re: Marking for Accurate Tuner Hole Placement

    I do much like John, but since most tuners are metric 23mm post spacing I just mark the placement using standard ruler on front of headstock. I use awl to mark deeply the locations and drill with...
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    Re: Mandolin Build kit on stewmac.com

    I'm perhas missing something but I see the kit includes headstock veneer.
    The front veneer does add very little to strength as 99.9% of headstocks break from the rear side.
    The final thickness of...
  3. Thread: Fret setup.

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    Re: Fret setup.

    This made me spend some time surfing to refresh my memories.
    The true temperament boards are quite a trip. I noticed several things... they use simple straight nut and in some guitars also straight...
  4. Thread: Chinese mandolins

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    Re: Chinese mandolins

    They look exactly like "Richwood" mandolins I've seen here and those were all solid pressed tops. They vary wildly in tone. One can be good, other just so-so.
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    Re: New Fender 1.5mm pick

    As I posted before I used to laminate my own picks out of two or three layers because there were no thicker picks (1.5 -1.8 mm) available here (other than Golden Gate but that was too rounded and...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Totally agree. Any such patch should be tapered to zero so there are no weak points.
    Now I see why those LP's break badly at the nut. Notice the gigantic TR access pocket (especially compared to...
  7. Thread: Chinese mandolins

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    Re: Chinese mandolins

    They both appear to have pressed top. The very even staining of the top doesn't look like carved wood.
    What I see through f-holes on the mandolin 1 looks like plain maple - doesn't appear to be 3AAA...
  8. Thread: Fret setup.

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    Re: Fret setup.

    We live in time of equal temperament so that forces us to listen to intervals that are ALL (except octaves) out of tune, albeit very slightly. Annoying for folks with very fine ears but there's...
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    Re: Bobelock Case Humidistat

    They are usually glued in with hot melt glue. And they are generally useless.
    I've got couple cases with built in hygrometers (not hygrostats) and they all are junk. I once tested one against lab...
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    Re: New Fender 1.5mm pick

    They look just like standard three-layered celluloid. Should be good picks.
    I've been using simiar picks that I made laminating two or three large triangles together using either Duco, CA or...
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    Re: Sides "denting" under tension?

    We need pics to be able to guess what happened.
    But for repair on sides I would suggest the "guitar tuner and string" method of reinforcing and levelling crack at the same time. I can't remember...
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    Re: 2 way truss rod for a mandola

    Agree. That is my stanard procedure for mandolins and I often do it on refrets (or few times even on just levelling) when I feel the neck could use some extra forward curvature but is too stiff.
    ...
  13. Thread: Waverly reversal?

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    Re: Waverly reversal?

    Certainly tuners with ////// cut are supposed to be installed as worm over - the less common version on f mandolins (and therefore rare and sought after by some folks who need them for thair...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Just because you can do something does not mean you should!
    Just because you can do something does not mean you should!
    Just because you can do something does not mean you should!
    Just because you...
  15. Thread: Starter Tools

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    Re: Starter Tools

    So it appears you want to make archtop mandolin from scratch...
    I started with just few household hand tools and to this day I don't have more than I can store in one ordinary cabinet and if I...
  16. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    No, sorry. I remembered I saw that one on internet years ago and managed to find it...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    If you want to glue it as is I would go for strong epoxy, perhaps with some fiberglass filler for more structural strength in the gaps. I would hold the two parts in perfect alignment during gluing...
  18. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I don't know much about guitar market, but you need to know history of the instruments and it's production. If we look just at F-5 with it's "iconic design" it is just remake of the Orville Gibson's...
  19. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    The neck in the pic was subjected to the "airline treatment" but you can clearly see how the glue joint failed - the first two fingers are cleanly separated. Had this guitar solid headstock the break...
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Agree. I hate to see when things change from simple human logic to pure law & cash flow dictate. That's what is happening in many other areas - we probably don't know how many such issues and...
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    Re: about gluing in a fret

    First find out WHY didn't the wire want to get seated on new board. If you damaged the slots during fretting you may need to repair the slot before trying again. SOmetimes sharpening the leading edge...
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    Re: Do you think this is a loose neck joint

    Probably both, st low and slight rotation of neck. If there is V-joint and there was gap inside the joint at the end of neck then the neck can slightly rotate without the heel button separating. But...
  23. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    I guess this one will not be stronger than scarf. Scarf uses all of the surface for side grain joint (relatively - some angle 10-15 is present) this finger joint appears to heve quite a bit of...
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    Re: Refret Considerations

    I was buying some bridge parts and such as well so I ordered everything from one shop that had all I needed...
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    Re: Refret Considerations

    Yes, I am using the thinnest SS wire from Jescar for all my mandolins and I love it. #39040
    I believe I bought it from Axiom.
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