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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    Bluegrass is played on a 5-string banjo, usually with a resonator.
    Irish/Celtic is generally played on a 4-string tenor banjo.

    Two completely different types of music.
    Two completely different...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    My predic-a-shuns:

    Within 10 years, we'll see signed Loars with asking prices under $100k.
    Within 20 years, those asking prices will drop to under $75k.
    Perhaps 'way under....
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    Triflow, if they need it.
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    Re: Reading suggestions

    Don't forget "Man of Constant Sorrow", the Ralph Stanley biography by Eddie Dean...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    allenhopkins asks:
    "does Gibson even make banjos any more, or put their name on instruments made for them by others?"

    No banjos since 2009. Production was essentially ended and banjo-area...
  6. Re: Want flat fretboard, at least 1 1/8" nut width. Suggestions?

    I believe the nut width on a Gibson Goldrush -- although not fully 1 1/8" -- is slightly wider than 1 1/16".

    Perhaps 1 3/32" ??
  7. Re: Article: The Mandolin Store Moving to Tennessee

    A good move for them, I think.

    I can remember when Mr. Vance moved from Ohio (I think?) to Arizona. At the time, I thought, "why move a bluegrass-oriented store to Arizona?" I realize the net has...
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    Re: dents in the neck

    I'd just leave 'em alone and learn to live with it.

    Try foolin' with them, and you could end up with things worse than when you started...
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    Re: Home Recording - best bang for buck

    I'd suggest this:
    https://www.amazon.com/UR22-MKII-RP-Headphones-Microphone/dp/B01MSN3RUP

    Will work with PC or Mac.
    Nice Steinberg USB interface.
    You'll want the closed-ear phones for...
  10. Thread: 75 Gibson F-5

    by J.Albert
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    I'd string that up and make it playable, and... just leave it at that.

    A remembrance of your friend.

    But I wouldn't put any money into it.
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    The problem:
    "Showed up to a gig with a local singer/songwriter only to find out he tunes down a half-step"

    The solution:
    Tune down right along with him!
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    Re: Gibson F5G nut width?

    Standard nut width on the F-5g is 1 1/16".

    There was a special run of them made in the pre-flood days with a wide fingerboard like the Sam Bush model (these are easily recognizable with the block...
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    Re: mandolin same tuning as a tenor banjo?

    OP:

    You didn't tell us what make of 5-string you have, but if it's a "Gibson Mastertone style" (either 1 piece flange or 2 piece flange), there are probably hundreds of tenor necks out there that...
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    Re: 2017 Boeh A5 sound clips

    That sounds both mature and well balanced for being only 2 years old.
    Very "traditional" tone.
    Playin's not bad, either...! ;)
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    If you want a James tailpiece, then be ready to accept the matte finish "for what it is".

    I sense that trying to "polish it up" might make a mess out of things...
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    Re: Confusing Gibson Flatiron

    "The serial number is 80107029"

    January 7, 1998, 2nd instrument completed that day.
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    With "non-Loar" Loar selling prices in the $150k+/- range lately, $250k seems like a pretty steep premium, even with the provenance involved.

    Will it really sound $100k better...? ;)
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    In the field of the study of human intelligence (quite controversial to even mention these days) there's something called the "g factor", more of which can be read about here:...
  19. Thread: Need advice

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    Re: Need advice

    OP:

    You didn't specify a price.

    That may be a "good-enough" sounding mandolin for, say, $300-400.

    Any more than that, and it had better sound pretty good.
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    Re: crossrock fiberglass mandolin cases

    Jonathan wrote:
    "There is no wiggle and the headstock with my little clip on micro-tuner is still a good distance from the bottom of the case."

    I'd take that tuner OFF whenever I wasn't playing...
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    Re: Hello. Experts needed

    How about some pics:
    - Front/back full
    - Peghead front/back
    - Body front/back
    - Case
  22. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    OP:

    You sound like you have money.
    Take a trip to Nashville, visit both Carter's and Gruhn's.
    If you can't find something you like between them, you ain't findin' it.
  23. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    OP:

    BEFORE you buy, have you had the opportunity to TRY both models?

    Have you played many (any?) Gibson F models previously?

    Will you be comfortable with the narrow neck (1 1/16" at the...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    My opinion only:

    Yes, try light gauge strings, and set your action "down" a bit, as you begin to learn. Your fingers need to develop strength and a fretting hand that hurts due to medium strings...
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    Re: High action - is this fixable?

    1. Check the neck relief. Fret the 4th pair of strings at fret 1 and fret 12, then note how much "free space" is at fret 7. Shouldn't be much more than you can slip a piece of paper through.

    2....
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