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    Re: crack in top, F model

    If it is a closed crack, brew up some hot hide glue and rub it in with your fingers while you are flexing the crack.

    If possible, clamp it level with 2 violin clamps designed to be used through...
  2. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    If you don't like tiny necks, and you already play guitar, I suggest you look at some of the old Gibson oval hole mandolins. The plainer models made in the 1910's have nice, ample necks, and can be...
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    Re: A request of builders

    My feeling is that if a builder charges $2000 + for a new instrument, it should not be shipped with a lousy fret job and a poor set-up. But I've seen both on instruments that cost a lot more, many...
  4. Re: Archtop guitar neck repair advice (no mando content, sorry)

    Good. I wouldn't worry about a small piece missing from the bottom of the dovetail as long as the fit is snug. I would clean the sliver out of the mortise as a matter of principle. If a lot of...
  5. Re: Archtop guitar neck repair advice (no mando content, sorry)

    If you want a good joint, your gluing surfaces must be clean.
    A piece of fairly coarse sandpaper glued to a beveled block of wood can be useful here.
    Use a tapered shim to insure that the joint is...
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    Re: But it said it was a Gibson!

    No Mike, it's definitely not one of those . . . :)

    Remember the thread on the 2 point flat back octave mandolin with the Gibson/Virzi label pasted in it, probably reproduced from an old trade...
  7. Re: A question on a Century of Progress Gibson LC Guitar.

    The 14 fret L-Century necks should all have truss rods.

    Most of the 12 fret HG-Century necks do not, but they only made a few dozen of them. All of the 12 fretters were built for Hawaiian play. ...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Every one I have worked on had T frets. I suppose a few dozen of the earliest ones might have been shipped with bar frets.
  9. Re: Does anyone know anything about this Mandolin?

    The label indicates that the instrument was made by guitarmaker F. Ruiz Segura, in the town of Mislata, which borders the city of Valencia, located near Spain's eastern coast. Sounds like a good...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Your fingerboard is likely original. Gently radiused boards are common on carved Lyon and Healy's.

    I don't know where the idea comes from that L & H used bar frets on their carved models. I have...
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    Solving unexpected problems

    An old Martin 00-17 came in today needing a neck re-set. I use a 2 x 5 heat blanket plugged into a Harbor Freight router control [thank you for the suggestion, Mr. Dudenbostel] to warm the...
  12. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    I tried that, but couldn't see anything for sure. You must have better video than I do. Oval hole 15's were probably better sounding than the f-hole models. Martin never quite figured out how to...
  13. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    The one on the right is either a Martin style 15 [oval hole] or style 2-15 [f hole].
    Hard to say for sure which one it is with that deep shadow on the face of the mandolin, but I think it's a 2-15....
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    The pins [they are really nails] on these 'teens Gibsons go right through the fingerboard at a significant downward angle [maybe 30 degrees] and penetrate the top.
    It can be difficult to get them to...
  15. Thread: Cracked Bridge

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    Re: Cracked Bridge

    With a little luck, the saddle from a new Golden Gate bridge will fit on your current bridge base, and you won't have to modify anything.
  16. Thread: Cracked Bridge

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    Re: Cracked Bridge

    I used to try to glue cracked saddles back together. I've tried four different kinds of glue with no long-term success. Some gave way immediately, while the one that held up the longest might have...
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    Re: a little help here

    Hot hide glue.
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    Re: Heads up! Nitrocellulose products dwindling

    Non polyurethane varnishes are getting scarce also.
    Water based varnishes are varnish in name only.
    Violin varnish and raw shellac are still available.
  19. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    You can mask the bindings while the rest of the instrument is being stripped.
    You might start out dry, and carefully try some coarse steel or plastic wool or even a coarsely sharpened cabinet...
  20. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A #1674 1925 - looking for info

    The Lyon and Healy Style A mandolins were introduced in 1917 at a list price of $150. The earliest examples of this model had a ~13 3/4" scale, and symmetrical body points. A mandola and mandocello...
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    Re: Crack~say it isn't so!

    I've been keeping my nose out of this one for reasons the OP understands. But . . .

    While I believe in servicing all cracks, some are of minor consequence, and some must be serviced as soon as...
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    Re: Advice needed for this seam separation

    I no longer heat and/or stretch plastic bindings. I cut them in the most innocuous place I can find and add a filler piece. There is an article on installing the filler piece at frets.com.

    I am...
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    Re: What Mandolin Did I Get From the Thriftstore?

    The Ernie Ball #2067 "Light" set that Carsten asked about actually is an extra light set: .009, .013, .022, .034. This info comes direct from the Ernie Ball website. They call their 10-14-24-36...
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    Re: What Mandolin Did I Get From the Thriftstore?

    $240??? For what?????
    I would be run out of town on a rail if I quoted a price like that.
    The mandolin appears to be in very good shape, and should need only minor adjustment.

    Find another...
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    Re: Question about a Flatiron A model oval hole

    This very same mandolin is also advertised at the Guitar Center Cedar Hill TX [Dallas area] store, as well as at Sam Ash, Dallas. Google "flatiron mandolin guitar center." Someone else will have to...
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