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  1. Thread: 3 models

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    3 models

    I have made 4 models to date, only the 3 newest ones here. These are not made in the conventional, they are hewn from a solid block.

    https://flic.kr/p/2iiPC2F
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    Comparing 2 mandolins

    Here is the comparison between my Broadway mandolin with leg cutaway and the one without. It's probably not a true test as I used slightly different woods. My rationale is that the leg cutaway steals...
  3. Thread: Fret markers

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    Re: Fret markers

    I'm not changing this (impossible), I don't think it is very serious?
  4. Thread: Fret markers

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    Fret markers

    Why is the 10th and not the 9th marked? Just happened to notice and after building many guitars, I automatically marked the 9th here.
    https://flic.kr/p/2hSnP1k
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    Broadway2 mandolin photoshoot

    https://flic.kr/p/2hSnNX4

    https://flic.kr/p/2hSnP1k

    https://flic.kr/p/2hSoPdo

    https://flic.kr/p/2hSoPg4
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    Broadway mandolin

    She is 99.5% complete. I have not yet brought her up to tune but so far, so good.
    https://flic.kr/p/2hREQo8
  7. Thread: Opus mandolin

    by murrayk
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    Re: Opus mandolin

    I'm about half and hour from Edenvale. I do not make many but I guess they would start at $2500- The original Broadway would be around $4000- and the Broadway I am working on now about $2500- ...
  8. Thread: String spacing

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    String spacing

    Thanks for answering my questions guys. This one is about string spacing on the new Broadway. I have made the nut 30mm - a bit wider than the old standard. Is 2mm clearance to the fingerboard...
  9. Thread: Opus mandolin

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    Re: Opus mandolin

    I'll have to youtube a scale :-) I play some guitar but not anything else. Just happen to love mandolin music
  10. Thread: Opus mandolin

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    Opus mandolin

    I designed and made this over a year ago and to date, I have not been able to find anyone to test it and my playing is terrible. I was advised to go with 4 strings because it is an electric (but has...
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    Re: New here, hello.

    Just found that post, thanks. I did answer there but here it is again. I do spend a lot of time on aesthetics but my first priority is ALWAYS sound quality (check out my guitars on youtube). There...
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    Re: Another Cool Looking A (?) Model

    There are 2 reasons for the brightness. First the leg cutaway steals a lot of real estate and the carved crease in the top makes it extra stiff. I'm not an acoustic engineer, no but although I spend...
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    Re: New here, hello.

    Thanks kindly.
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I've built a lot of guitars and found out along the way that angled long grain is better than quarter sawn (depending on wood type). I've used neck wood at around 45 degrees here, with an ebony...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I have decided here to go with an ebony strip (10 x 6mm). I can even stand on the neck :-)
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    Truss rod or not?

    With a neck that is short and stout and assuming we have stable wood, is it absolutely necessary to fit a truss rod? I do not know the answer, but I guess, if the neck has been well made, that it...
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    Re: Broadway mandolin

    Thanks.
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    Broadway mandolin

    I have started to shape the neck but I have a quick question if I may? Are there ideal neck thicknesses, 1st fret and say near the body. I am working from the old Siminoff book and have been...
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    Re: New here, hello.

    Just north west of Jozi.

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    I know one player whom I will ask but I do not want impose myself.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49077627732_625e292b28_c.jpgMurray Kuun #broadway mandolin by murray kuun, on Flickr
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    I use the tiniest drop of superglue (just enough to fill the slot) applied with a pin. Works perfectly, you may have to use a nut file to make the groove a bit deeper.
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    New here, hello.

    I do love mandolins and specifically mandolin music (baroque mostly). I'm a luthier and make guitars with the odd mandolin. This is one I am working on now (I only make my own design instruments),...
  23. Thread: Opus mandolin

    by murrayk
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    Opus mandolin

    Phase 1 of this new build, electric/acoustic is nearly complete, electronic innards still missing.
    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1770/28639526797_d94376242a_k.jpg_DSC0092 by murray kuun, on...
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    Broadway mandolin

    This is my previous mandolin, Broadway. And this is how it sounds .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha9aGJGdVbU

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1763/43370902792_7c9ca9cc9b_k.jpgcollage brdw...
  25. Thread: Opus

    by murrayk
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    Re: Opus

    It has a leg cutaway which is both functional and aesthetic. As you can see here …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha9aGJGdVbU
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