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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I have never found such measures to be necessary.
    A couple of years ago, I picked up a useful tip from Frank Ford's frets.com website: knock the square corners off the back of the tang with a file...
  2. Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    If you are the original owner of the mandolin, you should call Northfield before you do anything else. Attempting to repair the instrument yourself or having someone else work on it without...
  3. Thread: Stew-mac prices

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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    "Sorry for the rant, but I'm a small business guy myself."

    So am I. And I have always valued and appreciated Stew-mac's quality and excellent customer service.
    But the bottom line is that if a...
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    Re: 1917 Gibson A "Mint Condition"

    Yes, it appears to be in very fine and original condition. We do still occasionally seem them in that condition, but less often than we used to.

    I hope the seller is not too disappointed if he...
  5. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    I saw the listing for Chris's Doyle Lawson before it sold.
    While Gibson has, at many times over the years, produced the best sunbursts [imo], the one he sold was not one of them.
    If an instrument...
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    All A-4's had a pearl logo and a fleur-de-lis in the peghead.

    This mandolin has characteristics of A-1's and A-50's built right around 1933-34. It does not completely match the catalog specs for...
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    Re: Best strings for 1929 Martin Style 20

    You're probably better off with 10 - 14 -24 - 38.
  8. Thread: Stew-mac prices

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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    Actually, I almost never buy bone from Stew-mac. I have other sources who sell at much lower prices.
    My point was that Stew-mac's prices on many items have gone sky high.
    It makes me wonder how...
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    Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    I've never been able to get one to hold long no matter what glue I used.
    If you haven't ordered yet, it would be a good idea to order a spare.
    In the meantime, if you're handy with tools, you can...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Shen makes good basses, good enough to make a living on. They are seeing quite a bit of use in orchestras now, and some orchestra players who have been using old Kays have been retiring them for...
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    Re: Estate sale find in Ohio -- maybe

    Well, this guitar person thinks the picture isn't clear enough to say anything for sure. The long saddle bridge, if original, indicates '65 or earlier. The bridge color [again, if original] is a...
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    Re: Estate sale find in Ohio -- maybe

    .. unintentional double post
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    Re: Sticky Handel Tuners on a 1915 Gibson F4

    Call Gryphon in Palo Alto. They are highly qualified to work on antique instruments.
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    9 bucks + for an unbleached saddle blank [$8 if you buy a dozen], $7 and change for a bleached one. LMI sells either one for $4.37, and they used to be the most expensive game in town.
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    Re: Sticky Handel Tuners on a 1915 Gibson F4

    Often, a drop of 3 in 1 oil on each of the bearings and one under the star shaped gear will work. It can also help to loosen the screw that holds the gear and run it back in so it is just snug, not...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    Just about any African variety should be fine. I haven't handled Indian, so I can't say either way about that.
    If you are able to talk to a human being on the phone, you can request a heavy piece. ...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    There's probably no need to pay the extra bucks for Gaboon unless you just absolutely want to have the top of the line. Any nice dense chunk of one of the other species should be good enough to meet...
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    Stew-mac prices

    I see that Stew-mac's prices on several common items such as bone and wood have gone through the roof.

    Although they were never the cheapest place around, their prices for things such as bone and...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    I was going to suggest buying a flat top bridge blank from Stew-mac, but I see they have raised their price to nearly $10, which is absolutely ludicrous. You can certainly find them cheaper from...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Yes, times have changed. And that Chinese gigging guitar that I mentioned is indeed a high-end Recording King made in 2009.

    I paid $800, not much above dealer cost, and almost sold it a couple of...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    I also have a sample board, though it does not include this particular wire. I also let him play a flat top that had .046" high wire. He still wanted the .050" wire, so that's what he'll get. It...
  22. Thread: String Geometry

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    Re: String Geometry

    That does look like a rather low bridge. But buzzing can be caused by a number of factors, such as uneven frets, a mis-adjusted truss rod, bridge height relative to the gauge of strings in use, an...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I think that Northfield is certainly the most talked-about mandolin right now.
    The most talked-about mandolin brand changes from year to year.
    I've seen an awful lot of brands and builders fade in...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    There's nothing wrong with a full contact bridge base.

    If you want to go a step further and carve your own bridge, pm me and I'll send you a piece of ebony big enough for the job. It can be done...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    It's generally good business to give a customer what he asks for.

    I'm about to install .100" x .050" wire on a short scale electric. I think it's too high for that sort of instrument, and gave my...
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