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    Re: Jacobson Nautilus Nordic-themed mandolin

    I have to say I absolutely LOVE mine, bought #30 used from another cafe member. Sounds larger than life and looks amazing.160878

    Marty is an artist and craftsman of the highest order.
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    Vintage Handel Tuners

    Moderator's edit: please refrain from posting items for sale in the forum, as per Guidelines. These belong in the Classifieds.
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    Re: my mandocello build

    Just a few more questions. Do plans for the Gibson K1 exist? I understand it's possible to start with an A-5 set of plans and upscale the body? At what ratio?

    How did you determine scale for...
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    Re: my mandocello build

    Very inspiring. I will study these notes. Can I get some basic info on how you constructed plans. I understand folks start with Gibson A mandolin plans and scale up? Any info on how to...
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    Johnson MA 450 vs 550

    Hello friends

    I read some past threads on this and need to make a decision by Monday so I'd love some of your experience and input. I had an MA 450 but the top sunk after a year since new and...
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    Re: Little scratches?

    It's possible (assuming a lacquer finish) that most of those scratches could be buffed out. My luthier friend gave me some ideas that I'll gladly pass along. He recommended Meguiar's products to...
  7. Re: 1905 Gibson A4 Mandolin SN 3434 Restoration

    Awesome! thanks for the help. Jim, you confirm my suspicions. George, I would be most grateful if you could send pictures, and tracings would be even better. I know I could fabricate each if I...
  8. 1905 Gibson A4 Mandolin SN 3434 Restoration

    I have a 1905 A4 Mandolin SN 3434 that I am restoring.

    The project was missing the bridge and the tailpiece.

    Do you know how I could get a set of plans for this model mandolin? Detailed...
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    1905 Gibson A4 Restoration

    Hello friends

    I'm part way through a refurb on my 1905 Gibson A4 and need to purchase or build the vintage bridge. Also looking for a pineapple tailpiece replacement (most likely will fabricate...
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    Low Cost Octave

    I'm wanting a good beginner OM for myself and don't want to spend a lot of money, moving from mandolin into the world of octaves

    Does anyone know how the Celtic Stars sold on ebay compares to a...
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    Re: OM shopping ...

    can I add a further question to the discussion. anyone know how the Celtic Stars sold on ebay compares to a Johnson OM 450? quality of construction, sound, playability, etc.

    I see that they have...
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    Re: Behlen's Instrument Lacquer

    great thread!!!!

    and I've got a couple of instruments finished and like the result of all the great advice

    one more question

    Once you get the final coat polished (1500 grit wet sand, then...
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    1905 Gibson A4

    I have a 1905 Gibson A4 that needs a new fretboard. Does anyone know what the fret spacing on that would be, or where I can go to find this out. It's a pretty short neck. Thanks!

    Mike
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    1905 Gibson A4

    I have a 1905 Gibson A4 that needs a new fretboard. Does anyone know what the fret spacing on that would be, or where I can go to find this out. It's a pretty short neck. Thanks!

    Mike
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    Re: Behlen's Instrument Lacquer

    oh and one more---I know this varies and I know I will just need to pay attention to the flat and smooth as Jim described. But just curious about the total number of coats it usually takes.
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    Re: Behlen's Instrument Lacquer

    Great explanations Jim and John--exactly the information and detail I was looking for. I should have asked what grit of sandpaper for the sanding between coats. Assume pretty fine, and I know when...
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    Behlen's Instrument Lacquer

    Looking for some experience here. I'm wondering how many coats I can do before I need to scuff sand the Encore Brown lacquer I'm using. Is it helpful to sand lightly and then resume with additional...
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    Re: 1905 Gibson A4

    thanks Bill, now I'm sure there's a formula for calculating the fret spaciing; I will search on frets.com and may invest in a good mandolin repair manual

    open to suggestions, thanks!

    it's a...
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    1905 Gibson A4

    Does anyone know where I can find the scale length/fret spacing for a 1905 Gibson A4? It's got the shorter, narrower neck as you know.

    Mike
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    Re: Finding parts for Old Gibson A

    Thanks for the advice--it's served to reinforce the thought that I may be over my head on this one. I just completed some work on a vintage Gibson (partial back reattachment, dress fingerboard and...
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    Finding parts for Old Gibson A

    I have a 1905 Gibson A4 project I just acquired and it's missing bridge, tailpiece, and fretboard. Does anyone know of a source for replacement parts. The fretboard may be a challenge as I see...
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    Re: Flatiron OM/Bouzouki

    thanks for the comments so far....and thanks Allen for the price comparisons

    I just wanted to make sure I'd gotten a good price--paid $800 for mine and it is a 3MW bouzouki, but don't know the...
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    Flatiron OM/Bouzouki

    Can anyone give me what a good going price is for a Flatirion OM or bouzouki? The one I have is in like new condition. Has the price of these changed radically since Gibson bought them? Also...
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