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    Re: Ready built electric mandolin necks?

    I think the market is probably too small to be interesting... As it is never cost effective to home build an instrument against getting a decent one secondhand home building must be about the journey...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Here in the UK anyway it seems to me that water based paints for ordinary domestic use have come in in leaps and bounds in recent years. Just no comparison. The paint chemists have really made...
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Well, I emailed the chap, and he's apologetic and is going to send me a new one, so problem should be solved. I guess we all have bad days.
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Well that's what's weird. The guy has produced some very nice instruments, I checked up on that. And frankly, now I've examined the job closely and done some measurements its hard to believe. The...
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Thank you folks for your well intentioned advice. The situation, though is that I am locked away from anything resembling a suitable fret saw, my decent planes, and even a stable workbench. If I were...
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Its not so much the actual slotting as thicknessing the board adequately flat that is the obstruction with the facilities and skill I have. My attempt was... unsatisfactory! My usual workplace and...
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    Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Anyone with recommendations for a pre slotted fretboard supplier in the UK? I don't have the tools or skills, so I sent off my piece of rosewood to a local mandolin luthier, but now I come to install...
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    Re: Ready built electric mandolin necks?

    Good luck: I didn't find one here in the UK so I gave up and made one.

    As of now I'd say it was easier than I expected, but I might change my mind about that when the instrument is finished and I...
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    Re: Rogue mandolin has no braces

    There doesn't seem to be any reason why a sufficiently thick moulded to shape plywood top shouldn't be able to sustain any reasonable load, but I have no idea whether sufficiently thick and...
  10. Re: Semi-accoustic Mandolin build + various questions

    This project makes progress slowly.
    I decided on an oval soundhole which may have been an error cosmetically as the carbon on the centreblock is a lot more obtrusive than I expected. I also had a...
  11. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    I shouldn't worry too much about the neck yet, see what it's like when in action. And I imagine at our level of sophistication you could do a certain amount of correction on the frets, even if they...
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    Re: Transfers and Tru oil

    Thanks folks. A laser printed transfer is so thin that a border hardly shows even under one generous coat of truoil, but drawing a border on with a wipeoff marker indicated that the result , although...
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    Transfers and Tru oil

    This is probably too left field, but you have to ask. Has anyone experimented with using large laser printed transfers under tru oil finishes, especially with overlapping sections?

    The story is...
  14. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Being just as inaccurate with a hand drill as you, I worked out a way to get my bushings accurately located. See this....
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    Re: Colouring spruce tops, esp sunburst.

    Thanks, must have been blinded by all that (wonderful) flamed or quilted maple.
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    Colouring spruce tops, esp sunburst.

    I've discovered I'm going to have to dye the back and sides of my current project because the colour of the wood I've used for the sides and back clashes horribly with the neck and headstock.
    That...
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    Re: Electric Mandolin Build Help?

    It does seem to me that a 4 string mandolin is veering towards ukulele turf... I suppose the contrary argument is that the extra strings can be simulated with electronics, but I spent the money on a...
  18. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    Something I worked out which might help others with similar lack of facilities. No jig and no drill press here, and my eyes aren't quite what they were, so my tuner holes were likely to be (and were)...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    May I, in my ignorance, ask why it would be so much bigger a task than fitting binding in the course of building a new instrument?
    Its a feature I have avoided anyway, considering cutting s...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    Completely agree about the deterioration, but the OP also mentioned discolouration of the frets close to a disintegrating pickguard. If as you imply, a degrading pickguard gives off nitric acid...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    That's going to be a big search, getting worse with time. All plastics deteriorate with time and usually sunlight makes it worse. But I understand museum creators have huge problems trying to...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    The thin stuff, seems to be plated? Thanks, I've been trying to figure out what might be a good budget option for making a strip, seeing as metal stockholders only want to sell sheets by the acre, or...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    Pretty much like yours, but with the hot air gun instead of blowtorch. I've tried both with a large diameter tube with the gun blowing through, and smaller with it blowing from the side. As the...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    You should be able to bend without scorching at all, so it sounds as if you want to dial back that torch a good bit.
    This beginner with minimal gear uses a hot air paint stripper gun, but even that...
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    That's a very smart idea, thank you. That will add a lot of strength. I'll just have to be careful not to overdo it and have problems getting the top to sit down cleanly.


    I very very nearly went...
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