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  1. Re: Rio Grande Mock 4 Pickup for Gibson EM200

    Email Pete at Almuse. He'll set you up with a humbucker that will drop right in. He has come up with a design that eliminates the weak E string issue. Keep the original in the event that you sell...
  2. Re: Recently Built J.L. Smith (4-string): Still going strong!

    As always, an excellent instrument. You can't go wrong with one of John's builds.
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    Re: NEMD Eastman Mandostang

    You can easily replace those saddle screws at any guitar store and if you put a little heavier gauge string on it then you can move the saddles forward some. I'd also look at shortening the saddle...
  4. Re: Newbie Builder - Getting started - which books/tutorials

    How and why someone builds anything is a personal thing. I learn more from my mistakes than from anything else, so I've built a lot of crappy instruments, but I've also built some fine ones too. I'm...
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    Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    True, but I have seen people use the search resources you mention, comment on a thread from a couple years back only to get the response, "David, do you not realize that this thread is over four...
  6. Re: Why the price jump/scarcity on Blueridge tenors?

    I'd be curious to hear if Adrian thinks there was 1. much government subsidizing to Chinese instrument manufacturers resulting in establishing a better foothold with lower prices and 2. if the loss...
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    Long vs short scale setup question

    For those that build and/or setup longer scale instruments, do you set the same height at the nut regardless of the scale length? I've been building some octaves and tenors and it seems like I can't...
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    Re: 10 string solid body Octave Mandolin?

    Basically a five string guitar with 1 3/8 inch nut.
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    Re: 10 string solid body Octave Mandolin?

    I'm wrapping up a baritone 5 string for Emando.com. It should be ready to go this weekend. I know that he is going to sell it. I am also working on a five string mandocello and have a four string...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    If you put the pre-amp after the blending pot then I could see it working. Otherwise, I think the active signal would overshadow the passive signal and/or could send a signal to the magnetic pickup...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    [QUOTE=Dave Greenspoon;1697703]Are you saying have a blend/stereo-out available of the active and piezo pickups? That seems like a huge no-brainer, given the relatively cheap cost and the exponential...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Yes, its a 22 minute process on my CNC. I see a lot, and I do mean a lot, of people be surprised when they get an 8 string emando and discover that it doesn't sound like an acoustic instrument. ...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    It is a chambered body. It has a block running down the center. I've used this style of construction for years. Reduces weight but still gives you some support. Notice they don't have a control...
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    Re: Almuse humbucker wiring options?

    Here is what I use. 3 way on/on/on switch gives you singlecoil/humbucker/out of phase.174215
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    Re: Mandobird bridge saddle set screws

    File them down.
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    Re: Advice on Shellac?

    I have used Zinnsser Amber Shellac on 80+ instruments. I really like the color it gives the wood especially koa and other figured woods. I have had two problems with the lacquer cracking and both...
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    Re: Electric mandolin build.

    The one thing I would say about building a Tiger is that a lot, and I mean a lot, of thought needs to go in to the woods because the original was such a piece of art that to just throw something...
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    Re: Pickup modification for a mandocaster

    Is Jeff not building electrics any longer?
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    Re: Help with finish issue

    That makes sense because I had reduced it with retarder, because of the amount of rain we've been having, but was still spraying on the same schedule as if I hadn't added retarder. So, recoat time...
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    Re: Help with finish issue

    Thanks. Here is the problem. I am assuming that thicker deposits at the edges should be resolved by more thorough sanding between coats in that area to reduce buildup?
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    Help with finish issue

    I spent a couple days wet sanding an emando and went to buff it today and there were finish fractures throughout the top and sides. I'm assuming its from moisture getting under the finish from holes...
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    Jerman Mandolins

    I haven't posted in a bit. Couple people emailed me wondering if I was still building. Not as much as in the past but picking up since my son went off to college. I have these in the spray booth...
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    Re: creating a tailpiece.

    Try any college with an Engineering Technology or Polytechnic program. When we toured MET programs with my son, all of them were taking on projects to give students "real work" experiences. My son...
  24. Re: StewMac Spray Lacquer over Rustoleum Spray Lacquer Problems

    I had that issue once and put a coat of shellac on it to seal it before going with lacquer. I ended up stripping it, as I didn't like how the color came out, and ended up using reranch product as...
  25. Re: Turning an 8 string mandocaster into a 5 string?

    The nut will be too narrow. The nut on those are about 1" wide and five strings typically have 1.25" nut widths. I think you'll also find that the fretboard will be too narrow overall to...
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