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  1. Re: Carbon Fiber for an adjustable bridge saddle

    I’ve made bridge saddles out of black Tusq material and have been very happy with them, especially for livening up overbuilt and heavily lacquered import mandolins. Drawback is that the only place to...
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    Re: A medieval citole

    Very nice sounding, and I love the checkerboard fretboard!
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    Re: A child's size oud

    I agree, a lucky kid for sure! Sounds great, and looks awesome!
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    Re: Gluing in frets?

    It can be very frustrating trying to satisfy players who insist on playing that hard. Some guys can get fret buzz and other distortion no matter how high the action is.
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    Re: Gluing in frets?

    This sounds like a situation where the thicker tanged EVO fret wire can really help. It’s mandolin sized wire (.053”) with a tang thickness of .230”. It allows you to do a compression refret on a...
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    Re: Newell mandolin

    I’m really sorry to hear about this. I was in touch with Keith years ago about a mandolin of his that came through my shop for minor repair. He was helpful and very excited about building mandolins....
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    Re: Very strange intonation

    If I understand you correctly, the harmonic on the “e” strings occurs at the 13th fret instead of at the 12th fret like the other strings. To me, that indicates that the “e” strings are probably...
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    Re: Philphool, Phil Goodson, passes :(

    Very sad to hear of Phil’s passing. He would come to my shop for adjustments and fretwork on his mandolins and he would tell me about his family while I worked. He was one of the kindest and gentlest...
  9. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    I hope that will work for you now, but if it still bows too much, one other option would be to do a compression fret job with EVO # 37053-230
    It’s got a thicker tang and would stiffen the neck...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil,
    I’m so sad to hear this news. I know you’ve been dealing with a lot of pain for a long time. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers and I want you to know that I always enjoyed our visits when...
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    Re: Another CF reinforcement question

    I have been very pleased with a truss rod combined with a small piece ( 1/8” wide by 1/4” tall) of carbon fiber on each side. But, the first time I tried it, I used a “hot rod” style truss rod and...
  12. Re: Glue for lose binding on finished instrument

    I appreciate you telling us about this. Although I've gotten pretty good at using thin superglue on loose binding there's always real potential for problems, so I'm gonna try the melamine glue on the...
  13. Re: How do you clean dried CA glue out of fret slots?

    I would guess that if you found that much glue in the slots the previous repair person may have used medium thickness or even gel superglue and put it in the slot before putting the fret in. If you...
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    Re: Roanoke, VA jams, pickers, etc.

    Yes, the jam that used to be at Mill Mt. Coffee in Daleville is now at DesChutes downtown, still on wed. nights.
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    Re: truss rods

    Yes, a single action truss rod has to be below the neutral axis of the neck or it just won't work. It might help stiffen the neck some, but it just won't bend it backward. I think the deeper the rod...
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    Re: truss rods

    Of all the mandolins that I have worked on over the years I can only remember 2 that had a back bow in the neck, and they were both carbon fiber mandolins. I can't remember if the fretboards were...
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    Re: Elliott Mandolins

    Hi John,
    Thanks for clearing that up for me! I was afraid that you'd forgotten that you once owned one of my mandolins! Good luck to your friend who is selling #50 and I hope he gets a ton of money...
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    Re: Elliott Mandolins

    JAK-- I'm a little bit confused! I made a mandolin for you back in about 2000, but you asked about my mandolins as though you'd never seen one? What's the story?
  19. Re: Anyone have contact info for Ward Elliott?

    Hi Ken,
    I've sent you a PM. Thanks. Ward Elliott
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    Re: Help with D'Angelico plane

    My experience with that same plane is the same as Charles E. I wound up reshaping the entire sole of the plane and it is now a pretty good tool. The way it was shaped originally forced me to arch my...
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    Re: .053 stainless fret wire

    Yeah, what David described is the same thing I've seen a couple times. The wear is between the strings, not under them. It's weird looking and I think it may be the "acid sweat" issue, just may work...
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    Re: .053 stainless fret wire

    Yeah, we probably ought to talk about that thing next year, make a plan! I still want to get up to see you and maybe bring my friend Mike K. who has been doing some building here in Floyd lately....
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    Re: .053 stainless fret wire

    That was supposed to be a smiley face at the end!
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    Re: .053 stainless fret wire

    Hi David,
    I have never seen any available either. I wish Jescar did make it, I would use it quite often. I've gone to the EVO for customers who really want that size, but you're right, there are...
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    Re: Lessons in SW Virginia?

    If you're willing to drive to Roanoke, you might be able to take lessons from Herschel Sizemore. He's particular about who he teaches, but he's helped to create some very good players over the...
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