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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    It's certainly worth a try. The 56's may be a little bit floppy, but at least you'll get some idea of how the instrument will react to a lighter set. I hope it works out well.
  2. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Might be a good "keep you busy" project if your personal work situation is slow.

    I just pulled the back off a Goya 12-string guitar, pulled all of the excess lumber out of it, re-designed the...
  3. Thread: Refretting

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    Re: Refretting

    Yeah, I'm resisting buying a new set of nut files, even though my old ones are about worn out.
    I could probably study re-tempering metal and make a couple more good pullers, but the nice one from...
  4. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    I will assume a plain, old-fashioned warped neck unless I hear otherwise.
    They are a common problem on the old Gibsons, sometimes caused by neglect, or long time storage under tension, and sometimes...
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    Re: Refretting

    Good luck with them trying to reduce their debt by selling bone blanks for $8+ a piece. They won't get it from me. Even LMI sells them for half the price.

    My home ground fret pullers chipped...
  6. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Question: Is the neck problem due to a bowed neck or does it indeed need a neck reset? You will have to determine which is the case here.

    I have only seen a small handful of Gibsons from this...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    Your description should include the following information:

    Gibson A-4 mandolin made in 1910
    Original black top finish
    Includes the original bridge, pickguard, tailpiece, and Handel inlaid tuners...
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    Re: Refretting

    Fret wire can be bent into a radius by filing a couple of small notches into a cheap set of pliers. I use a triangular notch in one jaw to accept the tang, and a semi-circular notch in the other jaw...
  9. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Before you settle on removing the back, loosen the strings all the way and inspect the top brace. Sometimes, when the brace is loose on one side and you push it into position, most of the top...
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    Re: Refretting

    I will note that Stew-mac's prices on some items have gone through the roof over the past couple of years.

    One example is bone blanks for nuts and saddles. Even though they are currently on sale...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    Hello Lizabeth. If I recall correctly, you and I exchanged some correspondence through another forum about your instruments some time back.

    If I remember the mandolin correctly, it was in...
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    Re: Dampit tube humidifier

    Gibsons built over the last 30 years or so are notorious for having lacquer that is easily damaged by things that don't necessarily hurt nitro lacquered instruments built by other companies.
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    About 20 years ago, when I was still actively playing classical guitar, I walked into a shop in Atlanta and spied a guitar made by Sobrinos de Santos Hernandez [nephews of Santos Hernandez]. They...
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    Re: Refretting

    Save some of the money for something else. Their tools are of high quality, but most of what you will need can be bought at the hardware store. Only a handful of the Stew-mac tools are what I would...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    The tension of an .074" string tuned to C on a 24.75" scale instrument is about 28 lbs. An .070" string is 25 lbs., an .062" is 20.3 lbs, and an .060" is 18.6 lbs.

    Since the courses are doubled,...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    Check the brace again and check all of your seams.
    If you've got D'Addario off the shelf 'cello strings with .074" C strings and .048" G strings on there, get rid of them right now and lighten up...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    The year before Gibson bankrupted and Henry J. was given his walking papers, Gibson's special editions included not one, but two J-45 acoustic guitar models in green. One was a rather generic lime...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Some builders who finished instruments without spray equipment:
    Antonio Stradivari, Antonio de Torres, Manuel Ramirez, Santos Hernandez, the C.F. Martin Co., the Lyon & Healy Co., many thousands of...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    I've been using Stew-mac #147 [crown height .040", width .080"] for 20 years or more for most mandolin fret jobs.
    In short, the additional crown height makes it easier for a player to fret a note...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    I just looked at my trap door. It has a tailpiece similar to Steve's, and it is a friction fit that hooks between the bottom of the flesh hoop and the top of the tension hoop.

    The mounting hoop...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    I'll trust Bob Smakula's judgement about the choice of head. He knows old banjos awfully well, and stocks probably the biggest selection of banjo heads of any store.

    If he's saying an...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    I have a nearly identical tenor, 11802. It's a lot of fun. I tune it GDAE.
    I do get dirty looks when I bring it to a jam session, but I can't help it if they don't have a sense of humor.

    Of...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    Well Lucy, the cleats are a good thickness, and the soundhole was reinforced. So far as I can tell, you haven't done anything wrong. I think that if this was on my bench and I had gotten to this...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    The top thickness sounds like it is within reason.
    I am not familiar with that bracing pattern. I took a quick look at the Crystal Forest site, and noted some differences.

    My biggest concern is...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    It sounds like you have done your homework and that you know quite a bit about woodworking. The problems may not have been caused by you.

    Something you might do is measure the thickness of the...
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