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    Re: First builds finished at last.

    Not so much a talented woodworker, but an enthusiastic amateur instrument builder. Although these are my first mandolin builds they are not my first instruments, as I said in my earlier posts. Over...
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    Re: First builds finished at last.

    Firstly, thanks to everyone for the kind comments and to Denny, I have no experience with mandolins and nothing to compare but they do sound like mandolins. They do sound very different also, due to...
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    First builds finished at last.

    Just like to thank all who helped me along the way, with my many questions, all of which you've heard many times before. Far from perfect but overall I'm pleased and glad to say they sound like...
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    Re: Rocklite Ebano fingerboards

    I tried it a couple of years ago. It worked well, looked well, sanded well, all those things. However, I messed up the glue up slightly and it had to come off. This is where there is a problem, I...
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Obviously not a competent luthier Jim.
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Jim, I hope CV doesn't hold you back for too long, but if you do want to buy a pre-slotted board, have you checked out Ebay? I've seen a few on there but not sure about smaller scale lengths required...
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Jim, you don't need very much skill to slot a fretboard, and I would urge you to consider it. You can go to the Fretfind2 website, enter your parameters then print out a template, which you can use...
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    Re: Tru-Oil Vs. Crimson Guitar Penetrating oil

    I have a friend who has, and doesn't like it over Tru-Oil. I can't remember why he doesn't, I just remember him saying it was a waste of money.
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    Re: Airbrush question.

    Richard, I take your point about understanding the airbrush and practising etc. and everything else you pointed out, but with regard to your last sentence, the shellac coat is only to prevent the...
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    Airbrush question.

    Well my airbrush arrived but unfortunately without it's compressor, so I'll have to wait another few days before I can use it.
    I've no experience at all with one, but I bought it to touch up the...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Just an update for anyone else who might be interested in learning this technique. I took Steve Sorensen's advice and sealed a top with shellac, and this worked far better. I was surprised that the...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Thanks Walt, I've seen a couple of those but I'll check out the others. Cheers Mike
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Thanks RR, what do you use in the touch up gun? dye or tinted laquer or paint? I don't have spray equipment but I've read about the use of airbrushes to touch the darker areas, would that be the way...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Thanks Mark, i'll will be interesting to see your final burst and how you achieved it. Mike
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Thanks Steve, I intend to try the shellac seal coat next , do you apply it then sand it back?
    I can only find a short video of James Condino doing a sunburst with spray equipment, not hand rubbing....
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    Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Well now my A5 and F5 builds are constructed and sanded to 320, I decided it was time to practice sunbursting.
    I started with the leftover pieces from the 2 builds. One mahogany A5 back and European...
  17. Thread: top deflection

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    Re: top deflection

    Thanks John, that's encouraging. I'll continue and keep my fingers crossed. I like to think I've done a reasonable job so far and dimensioned the plates close to the figures advised by you and others...
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    Re: top deflection

    Thanks for the replies. Like I said, I don't want to get into deflection jigs and technicalities, at the moment. I guess what I'm asking is whether it is possible to have no discernible deflection...
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    top deflection

    Hi everyone, I now have my 2 first mandolin builds constructed in the white. One is an F5 with an Engleman top and the other an A5 with a European spruce top.
    I don't want to get too much into the...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure the radius of the saddle should be the same as the fretboard radius. I've made guitars and I learnt from somewhere that it should be...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Coincidentally, only today did I start to make a couple of bridges after sorting through my ebony scraps.I bought the thumbwheels a few weeks ago from China, so today I cut out 2 bridge blanks and 2...
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuning Keys

    I installed a set of 3+3 Schaller GTs on a guitar build, about 3 weeks ago. I must say that I was very disappointed because they were so tight under tension, especially coming up to full pitch. I...
  23. Thread: Scalelength?

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    Re: Scalelength?

    Thanks to you both. I realise that whatever option I take won't really make any difference in terms of tone or playability and all I'm trying to do is aim for it to look right in terms of bridge...
  24. Thread: Scalelength?

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    Scalelength?

    I'm progressing with my A5 and F5 builds and they are both at the stage of having necks and bodies glued up, and now need fretboards and bridges.
    I left the building of fretboards until this time to...
  25. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    I went through all this banjo searching about 5-6 years ago, and came up with the same names and after listening to countless Youtube videos I narrowed it down slightly to Enoch, Barter and another I...
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