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    Re: Fitting neck on Stewmac F5 kit

    There are hundreds of thousands of old Martin guitars with shimmed dovetail joints. Those joints are very strong as long as the fit is snug.
  2. Thread: Bubinga

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    Re: Bubinga

    I don't know, but before you go any further, how vertical is the grain??
    The more perpendicular the grain is to the face of the board, the better.
    If it is parallel to the face, it may not be very...
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    Generally, a minute's rub with #0000 steel wool perpendicular to the frets will take care of it. It doesn't hurt to protect the face of the instrument with a piece of cardboard in case you slip. If...
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    That is an early symptom of your pickguard starting to deteriorate. A lot of the old Gibson pickguards start to emit a gas, then crack, and finally turn to powder. The gas is corrosive to metal. ...
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    Re: H 1 mandola on SGW

    I can see vestiges of the serial number on my monitor. I've seen other Gibsons that were faded just as badly. A shot from a different angle with different light might show up the remains of the...
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    Re: H 1 mandola on SGW

    www.shopgoodwill.com/item/137400521

    It appears to have been made circa 1920 [+/- 2] and seems to be all there. Note that the pickguard arm has decomposed, and that the pickguard might or might...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Well, actually it says he's an "acustic" [sic] engineer. Which seems fitting, somehow . . . ;)
    He also says he's a GAL member [Guild of American Luthiers], which seems rather unsettling. ...
  8. Thread: Bubinga

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    Re: Bubinga

    Independent guitar makers have been making instruments from bubinga for years. I haven't heard of a bubinga mandolin yet, but there's no reason not to give it a try.

    A quick google search of the...
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    You've gotten some good advice. And both John and Adrian have been further down this road than I have. My experience with a wash coat followed by stain is limited to mahogany that was to be stained...
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    Re: Cracked neck block

    If the screws pulled it together, you might try backing them off and see if you can get some glue into the crack, then tighten them back up.

    But I had forgotten about that shoulder. It might be...
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    Water and alcohol?? Doesn't sound right. Use alcohol stain without water. Water stains will not bond with shellac.

    It is also possible that you are using too much shellac for your sealer. I...
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    Re: Gibson H2 mandola at Guitar Center

    To me, the finish does not appear to be original.
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    Re: Cracked neck block

    I've stared at the picture a dozen times. Definitive way?? Open the back and replace the block. Difficult and invasive.

    I don't think there is room to cut the block out of there in pieces and...
  14. Re: On Shopgoodwill: tape over the logo and serial number. Why?

    What's there to think about?

    1 to 10 in the state of Georgia. I've heard that the food in the county lockups is awful.
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    Re: 2 Dudes in Santa Cruz!

    Also, an F-5 in the classifieds for $19.5.
    NFI
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    Re: Paypal

    I will add that all US banks automatically report all deposits above a certain amount to both the IRS and Homeland Security.

    I know people who have avoided or played games with their taxes. Most...
  17. Thread: Paypal

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    Re: Paypal

    Heed these words. If you sell an instrument for more than what you paid for it, it is taxable income. Failure to declare such income will result in expensive consequences if you are audited. I...
  18. Re: My new The Loar lm110 -- straps endpin and other such stuff

    If you've got a local music store that keeps a parts bin, they might have some type of endpin that will fit.
    If not, a violin or viola endpin will work, but it will probably have to be trimmed to...
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    Re: A tale of two [Lyon and Healy] C's

    Maybe a special order, or maybe, like most American factories of the era, they just installed whatever parts that were at the top of the bin. Those of you who have worked in factories will...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson A4

    You can rest easy and enjoy your mandolin. $600 was a reasonable price for a nicely re-finished A-1. And yes, these are good mandolins for playing tunes.

    The original bridge would have been...
  21. Re: Looking for a Mandola and I need some advice.

    I can't give any insights into the Eastman mandolas- I haven't played one. I would imagine that they are reasonably well made. Gruhn Guitars has a used 815 for $1600, and Gryphon has one for $1650....
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    Re: A Loar on Craigslist? Yes sir!

    Well, J4, that re-topped D-28 has been at Elderly for a very long time. I think this is the second price drop. We'll see whether it sells or not. An original '36 might bring somewhere around 90 to...
  23. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    So how do you classify a 1910 through 1930 Gibson mandolin that just doesn't sound very good?
    And yes, I have run into quite a few of them, and some were F-4's and -5's.

    And yes, these days it's...
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    Re: Where are all the (new) mandolins?

    Well, a good set up may improve the ability of a $100 mandolin to sound good, but only because it might make it easier to play and/or eliminate unwanted buzzes or rattles. It will not improve the...
  25. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    English is one of only a very few languages in Europe or the Americas in which nouns are not normally either masculine or feminine . . . and even in English, we still have the exception of certain...
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