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    Re: Amplified playing and effects

    I'm more of an acoustic player who uses a pickup and some effects to fit into a band better.

    EQ + compression is my game. Some low cut to remove thumps, add some sparkle to the high end if...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    When I was shopping archtop ovals, I tried the new hybrids and the old traditional tubby sounding ones and went with the traditional sound. Tubby is the common phrase, but I would also use the terms...
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    Re: Best use of bulk time?

    Half is the difference between eighths and sixteenths. I was pretty amazed if you were playing four notes to a beat at 120 one year out of the gate.

    I can't do that and I've been doing it for 5+...
  4. Re: Anybody fixed this kind of left thumb aggravation?

    softnek stick-on neck pad.

    https://softnek.com/

    The problem can happen because you are gripping a v-neck like a guitar instead of the mando neck-pinch.

    I personally prefer the guitar grip...
  5. Re: Differences between Eastwood Mandostag and Godin A8

    I have both. And they are very different instruments.

    The big one is the Eastwood (Warren Ellis) mandostang is a 4 string. It will sound like a high-pitched electric guitar, and you can do...
  6. Thread: Down Up help

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    Re: Down Up help

    It's something you have to learn to play well at speed, the exceptions come later IMHO.

    In BG there aren't that many exceptions anyway, when I started dabbling in classical there were more. :-)
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    F-hole vs oval hole is the usual sound contrast among archtops. There are variations amongst both, the the party line goes something like this:
    - f holes have more bark, meaning more aggressive...
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    I second Banjo Ben, tons of bluegrass guitar tabs with video walkthroughs, pretty decent strumming pattern intros too. Not free, but not expensive either.
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    I don't mind the speed, but I still have trouble keeping up in a jam.

    My very first BG jam was kinda funny, I couldn't play 16ths at a sustained 90bpm back then, which was the defacto tempo at...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    Not a lot of difference from a 1.3 to a 1.5 if all other factors remain the same.

    To me the size and shape make more difference, that said, I am a fan of primetones. I think I mostly own the...
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    Re: Intonation on Blueridge BR-60T

    Pressing too hard will bend sharp, but typically is more pronounced near the nut where the frets are farther apart.

    Try fretting just behind the fret and see if that helps, heavier strings and...
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    Re: String spacing?

    String spacing at the nut and at the saddle are both important. And they are customizable to a point. Saddle is easier to make your own spacing. Nut width is constrained by the neck.

    I find I...
  13. Re: FedEx ó wow ó canít follow directions; fakes receipt signatur

    Report it, simple as that, fedex is not in the business of paying fraudulent drivers, and if you don't complain, they will never know.
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    Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    I got a solid body electric mandolin pretty early on, 8-string. It did nothing for me, as it did not have the range of expression or nuance I could get out of an acoustic. I was hoping it would...
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    Source for Jules Cottin melodic studies?

    Anybody have a line on it?

    I can find his mandolin method, but not the other works.

    thanks.
  16. Re: Thinking about learning fingerstyle on a tenor

    Thanks guys. I am watching tons of fingerpicking videos. I had no idea how much you could do with that kind of playing style. It is gradually sinking in that I just discovered a whole new world of...
  17. Thinking about learning fingerstyle on a tenor

    Never learned it before, now that I have a tenor, it seems like a thing to do. I feel like I should have a Martin though. :-)

    This latest craze is inspired by my niece singing along to "Dust in...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    They will most likely carry them with them, unless everything they take out is heat-sterilized, which is one typical way to deal with bedbugs. Might want to warn them about that.

    There are...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    I'm so sorry, I've dealt with bedbugs too, in retrospect, I would have preferred the tent method too and would pay for it myself.
    All other methods kinda-sorta work, and you can struggle with those...
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    Re: Avoid marking the top of your mandolin

    I prefer wrist-rest (on strings behind the bridge) to pinky-plant on mandolin. On guitars pinky-plant is my only option, so pick-guard pretty much required. My wrist comes up and down as needed,...
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    I ordered one of those inkbirds, I like the idea, my place drops below 40% RH in the winter, if it can keep it somewhere near 48-50 that would be great.
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    Re: Setup, Setup, Setup!

    Sorry, more followup here.

    There are some tradeoffs to be aware of IMHO.

    - lower string heights can slightly reduce volume. You don't hear about this much in the mandolin world, but in the...
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    Re: Setup, Setup, Setup!

    Why did I change string spacing?

    Eastman nuts are narrow, and the wide OEM courses made it hard to not mute adjacent strings when playing.

    I play a lot of music where multiple courses ring, and...
  24. Thread: Tenor guitars

    by kurth83
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    Re: Tenor guitars

    All the way from New Zealand:

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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    I tripped over these years ago, they come calibrated to within 1-2% from the factory, and the calibration kit can get it to +/- 1%.

    The kit is just a bag with some special salts, you leave them in...
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