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  1. Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Everyone keeps saying pros won't work on them....
    I've been a pro for over 40 years, and I worked on them.
    I know other pros who will work on them - because they can make a buck.
    I'm in the...
  2. Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    You could mess it up so badly the professional will charge you twice what it would have cost in the first place.
    (speaking as a pro with over 40 years at the bench)
  3. Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Some of us have the brains and the wherewithal to fix lowly instruments without charging an arm and a leg.




    Whatev, dude.
  4. Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    This is what makers of cheap Asian guitarmakers and hack repair guys do.
    Don't be one of THOSE GUYS.

    Suggest you restring with silk'n'steel strings (low tension) until you can have an experienced...
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    Re: Kentucky case covering repair

    Do you have a luggage repair shop in town? Many of them can fix your case easily for a reasonable price.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Glad you liked it, John. The guitar had other problems, but it's all smoothed out and playing fine now...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Fabbed up a new bone nut on a 7 string electric.
    That injection molded chunk of chewing gum was grabbing the strings and made tuning a real problem.
    No more! Looks better and sure works better!
    ...
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    Re: A-style finished

    It's four aces from where I'm sitting! Well done.
  9. Re: The String Instrument Craftsman magazine (no mando content)

    Just a reminder.... All the books are sold. Still sending out SIC Files via email, and lately - via CD and thumbdrives.
  10. Thread: chisels

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    Re: chisels

    My Marples set is from the early 80's and have never let me down.
    I made the mistake of loaning one out once, and the guy chipped a corner off trying to chisel a hole in 1/4" Masonite.
    Never again.
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    Re: Lost bit of binding, 1915 F-4

    Frank Ford can do no wrong.
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    Re: Lost bit of binding, 1915 F-4

    A dab or two of yellow glue will be fine. Use a piece of tape to hold it until it's dry.
    Even white glue will work. You want it to stay on, but be repairable down the road.
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    Another new glue to learn

    https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-invent-new-glue-thats-activated-by-magnetic-field-saves-on-energy-time-and-space/
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    Re: Ozark pancake mandolin bridge

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    Re: Ozark pancake mandolin bridge

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    Re: Ozark pancake mandolin bridge

    If the saddle is removable you can sand the bottom of it before reinstallation.
    Otherwise, you can sand the foot of the bridge a bit.
    Keep in mind, lowering the action at the bridge will reduce...
  17. Re: What's your preferred staining or dying method?

    I prefer using dyes over stains, and I have never even heard of the brand of varnish you suggest. I've been using Keda aniline dyes for a long time. They can be mixed with alcohol or water before...
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    Re: Atypical top wood?

    There is a reason cottonwood works well as firewood... It burns hot. And even then, be careful - it tends to spit out a lot of sparks.

    It's a splintery wood that seldom dries without checking or...
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    Re: Moon Wood

    With this thread approaching 4 pages long, I finally thought I'd actually read all of it considering that in over 40 years at the bench I'd never heard of "moon wood".
    I won't say I wasted my time,...
  20. Re: The String Instrument Craftsman magazine (no mando content)

    I am down to one book, and I've added burning CD's to my repertoire. So.... you can request that I send you all 14 PDF files via email, buy the last book, send me a thumbdrive to fill and return by...
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    Re: Removing Lignin

    Face it, people. Epoxy is NOT tone.
  22. Re: The String Instrument Craftsman magazine (no mando content)

    It gets even better, John!
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    Re: Neck angle question

    Didn't the OP ask this question over on the OLF?
  24. Re: The String Instrument Craftsman magazine (no mando content)

    Bump is case anyone else is interested in these files. I can email them to you, or you can send me a thumbdrive and I'll be happy to copy them for you and return the drive. If you like hard copies...
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    Re: finish touch up

    That is just not true. A great many repairmen here in America have been using TruOil for years because it works with anything - because of the great compatibility with other finishes. Heck - even...
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