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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    Brings to mind the Monty Python movie segment in the armory, moving something like the rivet pan to a location more efficient for the worker and that sets off the catastrophic chain reaction.
  2. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    Before you pulled the strings and the frets how straight was the fingerboard?
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    Re: Bowlback repair of missing back strip

    Out of the closet and on to the bench - good deal.
    Those backs scare me.
    Does it hold up to string tension now?
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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    I commend you on your journey building with scrap. There is so much to learn. So after you have mastered your skills and are ready for your best deal you can belly up to the table with a clean plate.
  5. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I think I like it, too.

    Look forword to your report on the first build under way.
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    That seems like a do-able exercise. If you have plans you can go ahead and shape the head block and the neck heel to approximately the correct shape and size, too.
    After you are in command of the...
  7. Re: Transplanting a new tenon in a screwed up neck joint

    So the tenon was original neck heel wood and now that has been cut off flush where the neck/body join?
    If any of the first tenon wood remains you could build off of it, maybe?
    Lots of necks get...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The scroll on that Jacobs makes me think of the old Lucky Strike slogan: So round, so firm, so fully packed!
  9. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    No one has ever suggested I might be an amazing mandolin picker.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Is it possible your spruce is exceptionally stiff and you still have too much wood?
    Has your mentor had your plates in hand to feel, scratch and flex before you glued them up?
    Is it possible you...
  11. Thread: Harp guy?

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    Re: Harp guy?

    This is very good news.
    Now, before the harp guy sees your truck, make a card that says "harps" and tape it over the "pipes" so the bumper sticker reads "Loud harps saves lives."
    But really, I am...
  12. Thread: Harp guy?

    by Eric Oliver
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    Re: Harp guy?

    Shucks.
    This thread was fast becoming my favorite.
    Jonathan - you're my kind of people; lutherie, harp ideas, farm machinery.
    I had visions of you holding the smoke wrench, lighting it and saying...
  13. Re: Broken bearing block on tuning machine - can I glue/solder it

    Will the bearing blocks fit flush on the plate now?
    Was it a peening of the posts (tennons?) that held them on originally?
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    'Hot car event,' and/or rib-back glue creep...?
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    Can you tell if the tail block was glued to the back?
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    Re: Now what do I do?

    If you are happy with the neck-body joint and it is aligned 'pitch, roll and yaw,' as Sunburst would say, I see two possibe ways out. 1. Cheat the bridge location forward about 0.4 inch from the...
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    Re: Now what do I do?

    Tell us about the way you joined the neck to the body. Is it possible to remove the excess length from the heel- end?
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    Re: Did Elvis prefer the scroll?

    Prefer it?
    He was the scroll!
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    Re: Truss rod soda straw?

    C'mon. You know good and well that Mr. Loar used paper straws. However, they were all tap tuned and had a resonate chamber frequency a half-step down from the body's.


    Sorry. I tried to stay out...
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    Re: Question about glue

    To me, traditional instrument wood glue is hot hide glue.
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    Re: Pecan as tone wood?

    Don, and Belbein,
    I don't want you to think I'm some sort of tree expert. I'm not.
    I don't know what is in the water over there in the Ozarks, but the percentage of above-average fiddle players...
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    Re: Pecan as tone wood?

    I would question the availability of pecan in "Appalachia" in terms of actual board feet.
    I don't know, but it can't be much of the percent of hardwoods.
    In the Old Appalachia, I would be looking...
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    Re: Pecan as tone wood?

    Related taxonomically: both are in the Juglandaceae family.
  24. Re: Really, why not? (A rumination on necks and joints)

    Don't be scared.
    Anyway, this was your rabbit hole.
  25. Re: Really, why not? (A rumination on necks and joints)

    I don't see why you can't build one with the oval sound hole. It would be a great place to mount an upside-down Virzi sound board. Call it 'reVirzi.'
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