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    Re: Using ebony for a mandolin nut?

    I always use wood nuts - usually the same wood as the fretboard - because i like the look. I also always use a zero fret. Ebony does chip easily so file the fret slots gently. My favorite nut...
  2. Re: ANOTHER Stradivari claim: The secret's in the sauce (or not)

    Makes me feel pretty silly for spending hours staring at pictures of le messie trying to absorb all the details of what a "real" strad looks like.
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    Re: New Labraid

    Wow
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    Re: Soundboard Questions

    That's pretty wild Magnus, can't wait to see it finished.

    ""I think I remember seeing an old Gibson with wide grain on one side and narrow on the other." Exactly and as I remember it was a...
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    Re: Soundboard Questions

    Short answer: yes it's been done.

    "I assume the seam between the segments of wood act as a stiffener of sorts changing the flexing qualities in both negative and or positive ways depending on...
  6. Re: Original Prices on Early Gibson F mandolins

    My understanding is that mandolins had gone out of style by the early 1920s. By 1929, they probably couldn't give them away. Also, the F5 had replaced the F4 as the top of the line. Just like...
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    I like the "Gibson look-alike" label on the Regal. I wonder which Gibson model they thought it looked like.
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    Re: Hand staining instruments

    Walt:
    You might as well start a new thread with your specific question. No one's going to notice it buried in this old thread.
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    Re: How to get started

    I made a few instruments in college and found the Art Dept wood shop to be a great resource. Lots of tools, clamps, workspace, scrap wood for jigs available. When I told the guy in charge of the...
  10. Re: To add Tone Bars ... Or not to add them?

    Does this Epiphone even have a solid top? Are you sure it doesn;t have tone bars? You usually cant see them just by looking in the f-holes, you either need a mirror or to feel around with your...
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    Re: Novice Builder - advice requested

    "I have an old tear drop shaped mando with flat back and top, the body is deeper than usual, and the sound is great - bright with agood sustain and a full bass register - better than a modern...
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    Re: carbon fiber instead of truss rod

    "I think it could cost a lot more than a hundred bucks if your non truss rod neck needed an adjustment. "

    Maybe, but not much. While the instrument is in for a routine refret, the board is...
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    Re: carbon fiber instead of truss rod

    "Usually after the adjustment you will not need to touch it for several years. And if you need to it will only be a very tiny tweek. I want to make the tweek for $ 3000 to $10,000 bucks!"

    I don't...
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    Re: carbon fiber instead of truss rod

    I wonder: if CF had been discovered before the adjustable truss rod was invented, would we be having this conversation?
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    Re: carbon fiber instead of truss rod

    "Is there something about this approach that obviates the need to someday make adjustments?"

    The short answer is yes. The fiber rod is so stiff the neck should never require adjustment. Nothing...
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    Re: NOT a Gibson

    "Oh, also, a different seller name."

    I think it's actually a different seller. Down in the Q&A the new seller writes:
    "I know a store down the street 2 blocks (US Pawn). Pulled a add for the...
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    Re: Finding Different Woods

    "I'd like to avoid ordering over-priced wood off the internet from a instrument wood specialist. "

    Expensive is not the same as overpriced. And unless you're getting top-of-the-line spruce, it's...
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    Re: Is this a Gibson Headstock?

    Yikes! It would be worth more re-topped.
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    Re: NOT a Gibson

    If you use a gibson strap is it 101% authentic?

    This seller is the sort of clown who gives pawnbrokers a bad name.
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    Re: 1916 Gibson A - "trick of lighting"?

    That would be a pretty funny lighting trick. I wonder why it didn't effect the color of the corsspiece? More likely the seller realized at the last minute he didn't have a good body shot and...
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    Re: Jointing without a jointer?

    "You could use sandpaper adhered to a flat surface, like a piece of plate glass or granite, but this is laborious and leaves a less than desirable surface, especially if you plan on using hide glue."...
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    Re: My FrankenMando! :)

    Was it once owned by Al Franken?
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    Re: IV kit problems

    This is a very common issue people run into with this kit, although usually the sides warp "out". You may be able to find more solutions by searching thru the archives. If IV did send you a new...
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    Re: Stewmac Kit Project

    Nice work! If you just want a solid color you might try adding some Trans-Tint or similar dye to regular blond shellac. That way you can adjust the color to your preference. Plus with shellac you...
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    Re: Aged woods

    You might want to try this question in the Builder/Repair section.

    The wood used in instrument soundboards is usually a few hundred years old before the tree is even cut down. Some builders let...
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