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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I started building in 2007. The first mandolin took over a year. After that, I set a goal of one to two instruments a year - part time work. During the 13 years, I have designed one new mandolin and...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    What method did you use to install the frets? Did you bend each one before installing it?
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    Re: Epiphone black finish

    I doubt anybody other than the Chinese factory workers at that time know "for certain". What's your goal?
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    I am in the middle of doing basically half of what was asked for here. It is a $200 mandolin that the neck block came unglued from the sides. The back had to be removed. It has binding on the back,...
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    Re: Gibson A50 reftret -any advice ?

    I meant to say that most all the advice is coming from repairers and builders, and it is good advice based on experience. What matters most in making a decision is the instrument itself and the...
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    Re: Gibson A50 reftret -any advice ?

    I'm sure you know by now that if you ask for advice on the Cafe, you'll get plenty and it will be all over the place. My 2 cents is: if you can afford a full re-fret, do it. I understand a partial...
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    Re: Stringwinder's for mando

    I've been using this one for about 12 years. I don't see a name and I don't recognize the logo. The long side fits guitar tuners and some mandolins; the short side with a piece of cork inserted on...
  8. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    As Graham indicated, when you do the math for fret distances from the nut, carried out to four decimal places, you'll see a lot of roughly 1/3 of a mm, 1/4 of a mm, etc. measurements. Using...
  9. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    Using your own wood for mandolin fret boards, I think you have to have a way to get a rectangle that has straight sides, 90 corners, even thickness, and flat planed bottom and top, before you begin...
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    Re: Sprayed Glue?

    Mystery solved, I think. This appears to be some kind of hide glue. Rubbing with warm water removed all the glue residue, which wasn't much. A little sanding some of the residue brought out the smell...
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    Re: Strings Catching on Higher Fret

    It looks like a nice mandolin. Folks should learn to do basic setups on their own mandolins, but some issues are beyond the ability of someone just getting started. I think this is one of those. A...
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    Re: Jimmy Capps

    Sad news.
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    Re: Sprayed Glue?

    John, I hadn't thought about blotting. That makes more sense and explains what I'm looking at. Thank you.

    Marty, the residue does look a bit like thinned PVA, but it looks more like a thick clear...
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    Re: Sprayed Glue?

    Here is the best photo I can get showing the glue residue, the lack of glue, and the failure at the rib/neck block. This is a popular brand, so this could show up again. This mandolin is about 5...
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    Sprayed Glue?

    I'm looking at the inside of a cheaper Pac Rim mandolin that appears to be put together with sprayed on glue. The dried glue is extremely thin, full of air bubbles, and is non-existent in many...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Pete, I appreciate this thread and your opinion, as well as the other opinions. Two or three years ago, I posted in an EVO thread that surely there must be a downside to using these frets and I want...
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    Re: Flat top Arch back mandolin

    Beautiful mandolin. Fantastic sound!
  18. Re: PLEASE HELP! ABS Binding Bending Problems First Time Builder

    I've not had much trouble at all bending laminated ABS binding strips from Stew Mac. I've not had any cracking and breaking like yours. I laminate with acetone rubbed between the pieces with a small...
  19. Re: No mandolin content. Taylor Guitars story about sourcing wood

    What is Taylor building with Ash? That's typically used for solid body instruments. I read recently that Fender is getting away from Swamp Ash because it is becoming scarce. So this strikes me as...
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    What we casually call "the mandolin dovetail neck joint" or the "Gibson mandolin dovetail neck joint", is actually, in my opinion, the ultimate type of dovetail joint in carpentry. It is a...
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    Re: Mandolin Setup Walkthrough Videos

    Great work, Marty!
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    Re: Some instruments take time to sell

    I said in a post a while back that when I build a new mandolin, I don't care if it sells. I build them to be fully saleable and fully competitive with anything on the market. And I advertise some of...
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    Re: Tuning question

    On the mandolin, when I tune the strings down to pitch, I usually have to go back through and tune everything up again slightly. I think tuning down to pitch releases tension on the neck causing it...
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    Re: Tuning failure

    Looks like you already did what I would recommend, but it bears saying anyway. If there is any question about the note or the octave to tune to, google how to tune the specific instrument. There are...
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    Re: Binding problem, any help?

    A photo or two might help.
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