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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    New management, same old stuff.

    Gibson seems to have difficulty adapting to a changing market and manufacturing environment.
    Electric guitar sales are down world-wide. Electric guitar oriented...
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    Re: about gluing in a fret

    CA might hold it, or might not. Binding cement is a poor choice.

    A suggestion instead: ding the back of the tang with a cold chisel several times across its length. This is how we expanded the...
  3. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The last time I checked, new Collings mandolins were being advertised at prices 5% - 10% less than equivalent Gibson mandolins. That is, if you can find a new Gibson mandolin. As far as I know, new...
  4. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    One of their employees has told me that they are planning to build a new corporate office.

    That seems to be an unwise expenditure for a corporation that is emerging from bankruptcy, has closed...
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    Re: Substitutes for ebony?

    There are loads of alternatives to ebony. Lighter colored woods can be dyed. Most of today's ebony is not perfectly black anyway, and many factories dye it as a matter of course.

    There is...
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    Re: Refret Considerations

    Yes, it should only be necessary to replace the first five if the rest are in good shape and a good match for the wire can be found.

    We do it all the time. I've done 2 partial refrets in the last...
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    Re: Question about glue

    I can't think of any joint in new construction where there is any problem using HHG.

    For large gluings such as tops and backs, glue and clamp the blocks first. Then, apply the glue into the seam...
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    Re: Question about glue

    If tradition was the only reason for using hide glue, I would not use it. Titebond Original is simpler to use, and is more user-friendly.

    But instead, I use it for its properties, many of which...
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Whatever you use, I would follow it with at least one careful washing of denatured alcohol, maybe two.

    That's got work written all over it. At least it's easier to pull a bridge plate from the...
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    Re: TG 50 Gibson dating

    The round soundhole, flat back, and relatively small sunburst tend to indicate an early model; circa 1933 or '34.
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    Re: TG 50 Gibson dating

    If the number is unreadable, it might be possible to date it +/- 2 years by specs, but we will need clear pictures of the front, back, both sides of the neck, and both sides of the peghead.
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    Re: Question about glue

    I can tell you from personal experience that it's a lot easier to open an old Gibson assembled with hide glue than it is to open a recent Gibson assembled with Titebond. Sometimes a hot knife or a...
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    Re: Non-mandolin question (electric guitar)

    An existing solid body model is always the easiest. A bolt-on neck is easier than a set neck or neck-through-body design, because of the ease of altering the neck angle if necessary.

    But you can...
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    Re: Question about glue

    I have heard too many reports of post-assembly failure of joints glued with fish glue, sometimes months after assembly.

    It is usually recommended that to assemble plates with hide glue, the plate...
  15. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    This is an example of why scores are sometimes preferable to lead sheets.

    Your best choices are either a moderate 3/4 with a drummer's note calling for a triplet feel with a strong accent on the...
  16. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    The primary pulse is 3, and when the primary pulse is subdivided, it is also divided into 3.

    The technical term for this meter is "triple compound meter."

    The "technically correct" notation for...
  17. Thread: Vega Repair

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    Re: Vega Repair

    Use a toothpick in the hole. A round toothpick works better. It is probably not necessary to use a drill.

    Cut about 1/16" off the end of the toothpick, wet it with some wood glue, insert it in...
  18. Re: Cleaning up Superglue and metal corrosion on old Bowlback

    I wouldn't use any solvents on the finished portions of the instrument.

    I use a small cabinet scraper with all but the center portion of the cutting edge masked off to remove glue. Go to...
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    Re: Gibson H4 Mandola numbers

    The few H-4's I've played were great instruments. I guess I have heard of maybe 20 to 40 of them on the open market over the years; and know of a few others that have happy homes. There are 55...
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    Re: Need help Identifying

    The thing that bothers me when I see the origin of these 60's and 70's patterned block logo mandolins debated is that I cannot think of any Gibson copyist who made replicas in this style. The...
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    Re: Fretbars on a Tatterbug

    Driving the frets out sideways is a bad idea.
    I assume this mandolin has standard T-frets.

    If you are having difficulty, it may be better to cease and desist until you can watch an experienced...
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    Re: Need help Identifying

    Here's a link to a '61 F-5: www.guitarandbanjo.com/inventory/used-mandolins/f-5-0

    Note the similarities in the logo, peghead inlay, and peghead scroll cuts.
    The body scroll is quite different,...
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    Re: Need help Identifying

    They forgot how to do a lot of things, especially after WWII, and more especially during the '60's and '70's.

    In my experience, '60's Gibson mandolins and guitars look very different than earlier...
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    Re: Replacing Violin Fingerboard

    A pre-cut, pre-shaped fingerboard of moderate quality costs $15. Plain pegs start at $1 a piece. The unmarked European bridges are $5 a piece and are generally of good quality, considerably better...
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    Re: Replacing Violin Fingerboard

    To me, this looks like an opportunity for the OP to learn a little about the art of repairing and setting up violins. Remember, he has some mandolin building experience.

    Those grooves look like...
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