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    Re: Fiebing's Leather Dye

    I use the Leather Dye, not the Suede Dye. I spray my bursts. Typically, I rub a straight coat of yellow on followed by a coat of shellac then I mix dye and lacquer to spray the burst. If I mess up...
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    Re: Whatcha up to?

    I've been in the shop building a batch of instruments. Here are the ones presently at the forefront of my efforts.
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    Re: DePaule Nouveau inlay advice

    I turn photos in to black and white jpegs, import in to inkscape, trace it using the bitmap trace feature, save it as svg then import it in to a CAD program. I can print right out of inkscape for a...
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    Re: Tweaks for weak sounding E strings

    I'm curious to hear what the resistance is on the pickup. I can't believe that Lollar would under wrap a pickup. I've known several people to install them with great results.
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    Re: Some Questions on New Purchase

    I've seen that scale length described as a baritone mandolin. I don't know if that helps but I believe that some stores will sell a set of strings under that moniker.
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    Re: Tweaks for weak sounding E strings

    This must be your first electric. I've never known an electric player not make changes to their instrument. They always seem to be chasing some new sound. :)

    I use the MG-4HB from Almuse on all...
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    Re: Tweaks for weak sounding E strings

    The pickup is adjustable but the pole pieces aren't. Put an Almuse pickup on it and wire in a coil tap and you'll be good to go.
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    Re: Electric solid body OM

    I'd start with deciding on a scale. I've built primarily 21.5" scale OM's although there have been a few 23" scale instruments along the way too. Most of my customers want single course not double....
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    That bridge is made by slotting a solid saddle perpendicular with a fret saw and pressing in short frets.
  10. Re: Building a tune-o-matic bridge for acoustic mandolins?

    I build them from brass and wood and getting ready to build a batch for some tenor guitars that I'm currently building. Four or five string can fit on a bridge base or on a set of studs. However,...
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    Re: Electric Octave Mandolin. 4 vs 8

    It depends on what you consider better sound. Different players use different tools for different applications. You will also see different scales advertised for OM's. The most common are 21.5" and...
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    A friend of mine sells Martin and Bourgeois their torrified tops among many others. I echoed the same doubts about it that I've heard from others. He told me about how he did a lot of R&D to get it...
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    Re: Mandobird pickup upgrade success, mostly.

    One of the reason the bass pickups aren't so good, other then them not being voiced for a mandolin, is that the rails inside of them are offset because they are designed to be used in pairs and to...
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    Fret board slotting

    If I were to cut an already slotted fretboard at the first fret location to shorten the scale, I would assume I would need to shim the nut half the width of the slot since I cut it flush with the...
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    Nickel plating is nickel plating. The satin comes from the clear coat and not the plating. Clean it, buff it then clear coat it with a rattle can lacquer of your desirable finish. I plate a lot of...
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    Re: curly maple wood description

    I'd suggest looking at Orcas Island Tonewood. Bruce, aka Spruce, is a regular on the cafe. He has outstanding prices and service.
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    Re: Fender 5 string electric mando

    Order a red celluloid pen blank and fabricate your own.
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    Re: Fender 5 string electric mando

    How about a picture of what you are looking for?
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    Re: Mandolins in the works

    That is a 23" scale tenor guitar which will host dual P-90s from Pete at Almuse. It will also have a tunematic bridge on it but haven't quite decided on a tailpiece yet. That will be going in to the...
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    Re: Good idea / Bad idea ?? Suede back

    It could work against you meaning that it might put the instrument in a position, and or keep it in a position, that you don't want. As a builder, I don't add "accessories" that are typically...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I've had that cracking and contributed it to the shellac. I use an off the shelf shellac and I think it was too old. A new can resolved the issue. I was unable to fix it with anything less than...
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    Re: Mandolins in the works

    That is the prototype for my E series. It will be going to Martin at Emando.com. If you want one then you will need to order through him. It will have the E from his webpage on the pickguard. I'm...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    My bench at present time.
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    Re: High action - is this fixable?

    If you dont own it yet then I wouldnt be making an adjustment to the truss rod. I would express my concerns to the seller, ask to either take it to a luthier for an inspection or ask for an approval...
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    Re: Mandolins in the works

    I build a batch of necks then I build a batch of bodies and put them together as people order them.
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