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  1. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Been a while.

    Summer took my whittling priorities elsewhere, and component delivery is slow these days. String trees was quick, and arrived several weeks ago, but the rest ...

    I just received...
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    Re: Help with case color

    So it seems that WAF is significant towards the deciding, not only for me. Consider that if it is relevant to your situation. It makes life a lot easier ...;)
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    Re: Help with case color

    My guitar cases are light grey (painted a worn black case with leftover floor paint, wife hates it, "should be black") and some dark terracotta hue (because that was the color they were made in). ...
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    Re: .017 A string....whoa!

    Wound strings means the stiff part (string core) is thinner, so you need less compensation. I imagine that there may be issues with intonation. Anyone having experience with this? Just wondering...
  5. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Keeping the nut I already made. New support would be required regardless of which material I use, so I play one of my remaining "lazy moment" cards.

    Oops! Cut down nut slot too far. Should I have...
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    Re: First build - sanity required!

    Sounds like a stellar plan(e) to me.

    Sanity is overrated.

    I had a similar situation, but went the easy route. Premade fretboard (made for a concert size uke, so a tad too long), body neck and...
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    Re: Strings for Nerve Damaged Hands

    Bought a set of strings today, Ernie Ball Light gauge was all they had. Didn't think much about it.

    When I came home I noticed that they are lighter than the GHS lights which are my usual choice....
  8. Thread: Music Stand Light

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    Re: Music Stand Light

    If it is dim while plugged in, the battery is not the culprit.

    LED lamps fade over time.

    https://youtu.be/N48_6d4goUc
  9. Thread: Shop Helpers

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    Re: Shop Helpers

    This is Molly. She rarely visits the work area. She doesn't like the dust.
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    The only help she provides is if I get some new timber, she will bark.
  10. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Fretboard masked off. 187277
    Ready for the file.

    Trimming the end. 187278
    Hacksaw on fretboard. Scary moment.
    Did I take too much?
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    And those nut blanks were not blanks (pardon the...
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    If you practice a lot, you should definitely keep your instrument vertical and with the neck fairly high so your wrist remains fairly straight. A constantly cocked wrist is bad. Finger muscles work...
  12. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Fixed bridge pieces and filed down the nut to reasonable action. Playable, and acoustically it sounds like expected.

    I'm happy. Now for the electronics. Never got around to digging out that...
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    Re: Possible Cracked neck?

    Don't worry too much about this. It is most likely a crack in the finish only.Wood will shrink and expand with variations in environment (ambient temperature and humidity). The finish does not easily...
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    Re: 1957 EM200 disintegration of tuner buttons

    A philosophical view:
    Your mandolin was made primarily as a tool to make music. When parts are worn, they are meant to be replaced. It is part of the design.

    The mandolin will also be a product...
  15. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Strung it up.
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    Tuned to mandolin pitch.

    Seems to hold fairly well. No signs of material failure yet.

    Bridge too low and nut too high, so it's not playable at the moment. Probably needs...
  16. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Just thinking...

    Would a string tree reduce the torque over the nut? As I see it, the accumulated torque may increase, but a significant part of it would be moved from nut slot to headstock.
    ...
  17. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Another thing which worries me. I tried to make a slight back bow when planing the neck for the fretboard. Now there is a slight forward bow (0.45 mm drop at 7th fret) with no load on the neck. With...
  18. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Nailed it: 187199 - Screwed it: 187200

    And it is beginning to look right:187201

    By no means perfect. note the leaning posts...
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    and also the frighteningly thin point at the nut slot.
  19. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    For alignment of the holes for tuning posts I tried JimCh's procedure with steel tubing, using posts as drill guide. Great idea, but it requires a bit more work to get it right in my case. My cherry...
  20. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Small update, starting on the bridge pieces.
    One guitar saddle blank and four individual bridge pieces.187104
    Jigs are for sissies. No router. A stop collar on the drill bit will do. 187105...
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    Re: Transfers and Tru oil

    I would not look at slide-on transfers. I have seen them on cheap instruments, but under a liberal coat of laquer which levels the surface. AFAIK, tru-oil does not easily build a noticeable film...
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    Re: Need help finding the music I crave...

    Ultimate guitar does focus on guitar resources, but there are some tabs also for mandolin, bass and ukulele. Some resources are available as "pro tab", which afaik is only accessible through paid...
  23. Thread: Hybrid electric

    by keme
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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Refinished with the cheap brand of tung oil. Left on a thin layer for 36 hours before gently wiping down. Still a bit oily/sticky, but left a fairly smooth and even finish.

    Rationale: "Oil paint...
  24. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Just wish I had done it sooner. With the friendly and helpful attitude commonly found here, I guess I could have avoided a few pitfalls if I did. The main instrument assembly was already done when I...
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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Good ideas, and useful knowledge. No, I didn't know that. Thanks a lot!
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