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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    That's really good work. Most after-market refinishes are not so well done. For those who want to have an instrument refinished, it is definitely worthwhile to go to someone who has lots of...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Many kinds of materials have been used for guitar nuts. Martin has used ivory, ebony, and various plastics. I believe they currently offer bone on some models. Gibson has used ebony, bone, and...
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    Yeah, but if it's an old polyurethane finish, it might take a blow torch to get it off there . . .
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Judge an instrument by its tone, playability, and quality of construction, not by its maker, model, color, or country of origin.
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    Stripping old finish off an instrument without significantly thinning the plates is a problem. For a new finish to look right and adhere well, all vestiges of the original finish and any chemical...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I have only played one Northfield. It was one of their early F-5 models. It sounded good and appeared to be well made.
    The best modern F-5 mandolins for under $10,000 I have played were made by...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    Yes. But I think that most of us who have re-fretted many instruments will agree that good crown height improves playability.

    I'll also mention that I have, at customer request, installed wire...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    But lobster rolls are easy to find all over New England.

    Fresh whole fried clams can only be found within an hour or two of the coast, are only done right in a handful of places, and are much more...
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    Re: Refretting

    Allied Lutherie has good prices on bone.

    The sale of Stew-mac to Champlain Capital Partners II L.P. was announced September 22, 2019. They are an investment group with offices in Boston and San...
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    Re: Refretting

    If the bunglers would take time to study and practice instead of going off half-cocked, there would be far less rocket science involved.
    Excellent information on sound repair techniques is easily...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    It's certainly worth a try. The 56's may be a little bit floppy, but at least you'll get some idea of how the instrument will react to a lighter set. I hope it works out well.
  12. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Might be a good "keep you busy" project if your personal work situation is slow.

    I just pulled the back off a Goya 12-string guitar, pulled all of the excess lumber out of it, re-designed the...
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    Re: Refretting

    Yeah, I'm resisting buying a new set of nut files, even though my old ones are about worn out.
    I could probably study re-tempering metal and make a couple more good pullers, but the nice one from...
  14. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    I will assume a plain, old-fashioned warped neck unless I hear otherwise.
    They are a common problem on the old Gibsons, sometimes caused by neglect, or long time storage under tension, and sometimes...
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    Re: Refretting

    Good luck with them trying to reduce their debt by selling bone blanks for $8+ a piece. They won't get it from me. Even LMI sells them for half the price.

    My home ground fret pullers chipped...
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    Question: Is the neck problem due to a bowed neck or does it indeed need a neck reset? You will have to determine which is the case here.

    I have only seen a small handful of Gibsons from this...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    Your description should include the following information:

    Gibson A-4 mandolin made in 1910
    Original black top finish
    Includes the original bridge, pickguard, tailpiece, and Handel inlaid tuners...
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    Re: Refretting

    Fret wire can be bent into a radius by filing a couple of small notches into a cheap set of pliers. I use a triangular notch in one jaw to accept the tang, and a semi-circular notch in the other jaw...
  19. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Before you settle on removing the back, loosen the strings all the way and inspect the top brace. Sometimes, when the brace is loose on one side and you push it into position, most of the top...
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    Re: Refretting

    I will note that Stew-mac's prices on some items have gone through the roof over the past couple of years.

    One example is bone blanks for nuts and saddles. Even though they are currently on sale...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    Hello Lizabeth. If I recall correctly, you and I exchanged some correspondence through another forum about your instruments some time back.

    If I remember the mandolin correctly, it was in...
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    Re: Dampit tube humidifier

    Gibsons built over the last 30 years or so are notorious for having lacquer that is easily damaged by things that don't necessarily hurt nitro lacquered instruments built by other companies.
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    About 20 years ago, when I was still actively playing classical guitar, I walked into a shop in Atlanta and spied a guitar made by Sobrinos de Santos Hernandez [nephews of Santos Hernandez]. They...
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    Re: Refretting

    Save some of the money for something else. Their tools are of high quality, but most of what you will need can be bought at the hardware store. Only a handful of the Stew-mac tools are what I would...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    The tension of an .074" string tuned to C on a 24.75" scale instrument is about 28 lbs. An .070" string is 25 lbs., an .062" is 20.3 lbs, and an .060" is 18.6 lbs.

    Since the courses are doubled,...
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