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    Re: Hand Lotion and Strings

    I work in infection control specifically fitting the machines that clean and sterilise surgical instruments. As a result I have been using hand sanitisers for years and some of the hospital soaps are...
  2. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    If you mean the gain switch in the buffer schematic. It’s a little din switch in some or those pegs with a little bridge you see in computers.
    I didn’t bother. You have two resistors at the start...
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    Re: Ready built electric mandolin necks?

    I have built mine with a two way truss rod, I haven’t had to make use of them once fitted. But the ability to straighten the neck should I have to is worth the time etc to fit one.
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    Re: Ready built electric mandolin necks?

    I can’t help with a supplier. I made my own as I didn’t find anything for sale here (UK) either.
    As far as paying for someone to to cut the fretboard I found this...
  5. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Sounds like you are having fun. The nut can be fettled with super glue and baking soda iirc a search of YouTube etc will show you how.
    As for the FETís I read about getting them matched and or...
  6. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    I have standard push pull pots bought from the bay of evil. Not sure on exact dimensions but an inch or so sounds about right. I had a little trouble with depth in that my cavity cover is carved...
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    Re: Electric Mandolin Build Help?

    My experience with electric mandolin started nearly 30 years ago. A band I was watching at a local pup used one on a couple of songs. I was hooked, but couldn’t find one to buy. I bought an acoustic...
  8. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    I have recently built this 186901
    It has magnetic and piezo pickups. The piezo is in the bridge and has a FET buffer built into the body. I run it off a 9v battery. But it can be made to run off...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Yes I am in the UK. You are correct it is Acer pseudoplatanus. Although most of what comes through our joiners shop is not that well figured. I claimed some table legs, mainly because my Father only...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    They’re the screw holes for individual tuners. As opposed to four on a plate one’s. This is going to be my own instrument, I am building an almost identical one with regard to shape and pickups etc...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    Sycamore neck for my solid body eight string mandolin.
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    Ash carved top chambered but no sound holes. Trying to limit feedback in a small gig type environment. A few local bands use...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Finally making some progress
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  13. Thread: Whatcha up to?

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    Re: Whatcha up to?

    You can try using an emulator. I have one that runs software that works on windows 95 or something like that. But not on Windows 10. It is like a computer within a computer. Maybe there’s something...
  14. Re: Replacement pickups for Vorson electric uke to mando conversi

    Have you checked if the Almuse pickups match size wise. They are a common replacement as well as used by many builders. Specifically designed to avoid the weak string problems.
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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    I am a not going to claim to be the most accomplished player. But I can get my fingers cleanly quite a few chord shapes easily enough. However my fingers didn’t want to bend that way. I have no doubt...
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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    Thereís no need for an apology. If you donít ask you wonít learn. I have just tried the fingering in the attached photo. I donít think I could get it at a reasonable speed. Not without a lot more...
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    Re: New to me JL Smith 5 string

    My 20” five string has iirc a 74w on the C string I bought an eighth string electric guitar set Ernie Ball slinky’s. It was the only way I could find a string that gauge. Tension is ok but I am not...
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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    Ok I am not exactly an expert myself but I have learned a few chord shapes that suit my ability.
    I play it with my first finger on the G second finger across both d and a strings. You can use your...
  19. Re: Beginner Seeking Advice - Guitar or Octave Mandolin?

    I have an Octave Mandolin it’s a five string electric with 20” scale. I also have a few guitars but only one of them is in standard tuning. Personally I thought I would struggle with Guitar as...
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    Re: Home Amp for 5 String

    I have a Gibson Valve Junior 5w tube amp at low volume it gives a reasonably clean tone. They are fairly rare over here but not impossible to find. I was really impressed with it.
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    Re: Amp Advice

    I have a Vox VT40+ which does most of what you want is seriously loud for its size. But you would need to get handy with the soldering iron to get your send and return option. It’s a fairly straight...
  22. Thread: Sacrilege?

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    Re: Sacrilege?

    I watched a YouTube video earlier. Of a spray on chrome plating system. Seemed easy enough to apply. Could be an option.
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    Re: Very cheap mandolas

    Might I suggest a very cheap way to get a shorter scale length. As a capo at second fret and re tune a change of strings if required but at least you can try the scale length. You can try third fret...
  24. Thread: Snowbound

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    Re: Snowbound

    I have to repeat the weather advice I read earlier.

    Down South please avoid travel. If you must drive to the local shops.
    You need warm clothes a flask shovel and sleeping bag in the car.
    Let...
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    Re: Trying something new!

    I have found from gun stock finishing (then used on my EOM neck). That truoil needs to be applied by hand not brush built up in very thin layers. The heat from your hands helps it harden. To rub down...
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