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    Re: Gibson A50 reftret -any advice ?

    I can give two good reasons for not re-fretting an early A-50 past the 15th fret.

    1] The fingerboard is not supported from underneath beyond the 15th fret, and the tops on these mandolins can be...
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    Re: Merry Christmas

    No instruments from Sandy Clause under my tree this year but the wife and myself just buy for our little kiddos so that's what its all about for us but the wife sure doesn't mind if I buy any...
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    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to all the truly nice people on MC and especially to Scott who makes this possible.:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Gibson A50, odd neck

    So, I couldn't keep quiet. I have to come back to that comment that this mandolin has clearly been tarted up to within an inch of its life. I really do consider that a slur on my workmanship....
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    Re: Free online mandolin lessons

    Good morning everyone,

    Thank you to those of you who gave me feedback on my previous post. I'm pleased to say my latest free "mini-lesson" is now up - this one's for the old-timey tune Hamilton...
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    Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    There was somebody selling a Regal tailpiece parlour guitar in the USA as a "lost" third party Gibson flat top. He said it was a Tonk Bros Fascinator. No known example exists but a catalogue photo is...
  7. Re: 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin- Carved Top- Two Point- Oval Hole

    Bob Carlin's Regal book did a whole lot to show what the Regal shop was capable of. Over the years a whole lot of Regal stuff was credited to other people when in fact it was built by Regal. It's...
  8. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    eBay is notorious for not taking these down. They make their money when it sells and the customer that buys it is the least of their concerns.
  9. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    For anyone that would like to see a real A5-G here is one that was sold at The Mandolin Store a while back.

    Here is another sold by The Mandolin Store. The previous one was a 1995, this is a 1996....
  10. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    That looks like it might be a stripped down, refinished Asian import which has then been 'faked up' with the rather audacious label and poorly-done headstock. Shocking, actually.
  11. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    There is a whole lot strange there but I'm trying to figure out why anybody would fake Charlie's signature.
  12. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    Just no. Please no.
    Everything is weird about that mandolin.
  13. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    Yes, it is not a a Gibson. Everything about it is wrong.
  14. Re: oddball (pseudo?-) resonator w. amusing "professional" setup

    Slingerland did not build resonator instruments, nor did they build any guitars or mandolins. Their standard guitar and mandolin models all came from Regal except possibly some of the earliest...
  15. Thread: Torrified wood

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    Re: Torrified wood

    I do not understand a reason for "torrifying" [spelling???] wood that has been air-dried for 15+ years. It is already very dry now.

    Torrefication is an anaerobic kiln drying process that requires...
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    Re: What can I expect in quality from upgrade?

    You guys are all awesome. Thank you very much for the responses and the feedback. I am definitely going to bring my current mandolin with me and try them side-by-side just so I can really compare the...
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    Re: Tuners again

    Take a look at the late Paul Hostetter's tuner maintenance page. It is here. Most of the time simply servicing these tuners brings them back to life. Also, make sure the strings aren't binding in the...
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    Re: Good news, bad news.

    In my early 40s with a low-paying blue collar job and a daughter just entering college, my instrument acquisition journey is more about learning to be happy with what I've got. I've been fortunate...
  19. Thread: Ten Years In

    by Caleb
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    Re: Ten Years In

    One of the best posts I’ve ever seen on the MC.
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin setup

    I'm with Marty, I used regular gauge on mine when I had it, it sounded great and had no problem with the strings.
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin setup

    Why are you thinking that heavier strings would strangle it? Dobros are designed for heavy strings, relative to their wood counterparts. Look at the size of strings Dobro players put on their...
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin setup

    I have a 1930's regal spider bridge. I use Newtone .008's on it. The intonation was WAY off when I got it. I ended up machining some metal off the lower three spider legs, re-drilling the hole for...
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin setup

    You can turn the biscuit so it angles the saddle. Try angling the saddle so the bass is further back and see if intonation gets better. Also pull it back in the body as far as it will go.
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin setup

    Not familiar with all the brands you're considering, but I'd stick to lighter gauges. I have them on my '30's Dobro mandolin.

    You could get a custom-built cover plate with a lower profile, at...
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin setup

    I had tried a Spider cone Rigel.. bridge piece too thin, needs to be thicker to allow for intonation offsets..
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