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    Re: vintage mandolin made in USA ?

    This morning, I took out the metal plate behind the head stock, lubricate tuner gears.

    Also sand the back plate with 220 then 500 to remove a thin layer of epoxy, then wax it and buff it.
    And...
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    Re: vintage mandolin made in USA ?

    Thanks Mike for all these details. The label in my madolin is all worn out, but still readable. Now I know what kind it is. I am making an old bridge taller so the action is not too low.
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    Re: vintage mandolin made in USA ?

    Here are the two photos that form the label. Too bad, there is a long piece of wood (a long cleat !!!) cover part of the label.
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    How come I cannot post photos...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I felt in love with the sound of a Gibson, it caught my soul. Of course the Epiphone is for folks who can't affort a more expensive Gibson. I tested 3 Gibson models at my friend's home, and only like...
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    vintage mandolin made in USA ?

    I just bought a mandolin from local free market !!!
    Trying to tune G and D and play, the tone is quite warm and pleasant so I bought it for 30$.
    Here are some pictures:...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Someone brought me another electric guitar, Epiphone Les Paul with a similar broken head stock. I told the owner NOT to do anything with it except detune all the strings.
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    The break is...
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    Re: my complete guitar restoration (July-2019)

    I learned many things so far: removing the neck (first time) , remove bridge fairly quickly (done this numerous time before but slowly), install bindings (quite time consuming task), scraping off...
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    Re: my complete guitar restoration (July-2019)

    I think this is correct. The guitar came to me with nylon strings.
    Anyway, I remove the tuners, drill holes larger to fit classical guitar tuners, remove the bridge, glue on a classical guitar...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Watching the video, I learned a lot. The outcome looks perfect cosmetically.
    I really admire the pros.
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    Re: my complete guitar restoration (July-2019)

    Now that everything is clear. I hope experts can help me in the next steps

    1) sand the top only the red and back part to remove bad cosmetic, the center part looks good.
    Then redo the...
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    Re: my complete guitar restoration (July-2019)

    1. sand the back to barewood, removing all dings and scratches
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    2. remove the neck extension from the body. Not to hard, within 10 mins, it's done
    3. detach the neck joint, I used a thin...
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    my complete guitar restoration (July-2019)

    In order to practice my guitar restoration skills, I bought a "junk" guitar for 10$, completely not playable with numerous problems, and spend hours & hours to restore it.
    My goal: excellent...
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    Re: Marking for Accurate Tuner Hole Placement

    Thanks for the template
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    Re: German 12 string guitar info needed

    "mine has an aluminium nut, a zero fret and a genuine plastic adjustable bridge"
    Could you post picture of the adjustable bridge ? I have one in my "accessories box" but it is a two pieces thing....
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    Re: German 12 string guitar info needed

    I have removed those 4 long screws then tuned strings up to pitch. The neck joint holds really well. If it is not glued to the headblock, it would have been pulled of the body easily.
    At least it...
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    Re: German 12 string guitar info needed

    Unglue the neck is certainly possible. Done that before and have the tools for this type of work, but this time I avoid it because the owner only want to pay for a simple setup (i.e cheap). Since the...
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    Re: German 12 string guitar info needed

    Here are more photos:

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    Although there is no neck angle problem, action at fret #12 is kind of high, almost 4mm for the low E string.
    After hard examination, I...
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    German 12 string guitar info needed

    I was given a German 12 string guitar to setup, put on new strings.
    The label inside is gone so no brand nor model is known.

    It indeed look different than any other acoustic guitars I have seen...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    BTW, I visited my friend yesterday, he indeed has 3 Gibsons (including the one I repaired), one Fender, 3 more acoustic guitars (brand named). I love the sound of two Gibsons (one I repaired) , they...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I looked at the Gibson guitar very carefully. If you lay this guitar flat on the ground, strings up, you will find the tip of the head stock will touch the ground and so does the tail of the body....
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I finally tune it to pitch today, only to find out that the bridge lifted up when string tension rises and strings go out of tune. Took me a while to find that there is a little latch to hold the...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I like to clarify my situation: I am not in the instrument repair business. Over many years I looked for "broken instruments" and repaired them so they get back in good or excellent playing...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Well, he is trying to fix this broken head stock himself, using wrong glue and lack of tools (clamps in this case).
    When that failed, he cleaned up the mess by sanding off the glue !!! That is my...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    The new neck does not really fit this Gibson guitar. I will keep it to build a travel electric guitar with a small body.
    The owner, who is a friend, asks me to go ahead glueing the two parts...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I have clearly informed the owner that glueing work will not hold well and certainly look bad with my skill for re finishing ("lack of this skill" is more accurate). So replacing the neck would be...
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