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    Re: fretboard support opinion?

    I always was leery of that joint, gluing end grain maple to piece of another material, which was in turn glued to the end grain of the neck. I've seen a picture somewhere of someone putting a steel...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    I think Charlie's observations sum it up pretty well. Is the mando finished with nitrocellulose lacquer? If so, then the sound definitely will change over time. Nitro consolidates and gradually...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    Sealing the inside of the instrument to slow down humidity change makes sense but it's never traditionally been done in the violin or archtop world, not sure why.

    Gauze reinforcement of the F...
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    Re: Fret Size Opinions

    I'm another convert to EVO Gold FW74 and put it into my last two builds. I've played both of those mandos for for 3-4 years now and neither shows any sign of wear. Tonewise, the notes are clear and...
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    Re: DePaule Nouveau inlay advice

    In my estimation the pearl would have to be inside of standard (black?) binding. There's no way pearl is going to hold up to the bumps those areas get over time. You be asking for chips and loose...
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    Re: Sorry for this string height question

    Been there with Andrew and Marty more than once. I generally wimp out when I get to 0.005-0.006". With my old eyes, I hate cutting mando nuts (and that's with a good set of nut files)
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    Re: Transtint Dye for finishing HELP?

    You have all the colors you need to do your burst. I've only done a few but here's my latest attempt
    If you want to pop the grain on the maple back, dye it very dark (or at least amber) and sand...
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    Re: The real glue strength

    Sunburst's comment was in reference to the neck joint which has relatively little effect on tone. For that joint it's all about strength and reversibility. The area where vibration transference...
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    Re: Pickup or microphone?

    Pickups tend to have a strong attack (which mandolins do in general anyway), require a good preamp to sound good, and are harder to regulate your volume on. I prefer a decent microphone that I can...
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    Re: NMC, a great experience today

    From a student model to a German made violin is a big step. You're a good daddy Soliver, and daughters are indeed precious (I have two). Sticks are an important part of the game at her level, good...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    To echo what the experts have already said:
    • That veneer felt smooth but wasn't sanded enough in the areas that came up dark. If you wet the wood with water or naptha, you'll see those areas...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    Laguna makes nice stuff for sure. I think the real advantage of that fancy fence would be if you wanted to do multiple passes producing veneer slices of uniform thickness. You didn't mention species...
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    Re: dents in the neck

    If you end up refinishing, I would consider a satin finish. Fender does this on their production electrics now and the neck feels much slicker than gloss, which can get sticky. The satin finish does...
  14. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    Yes, many people do this to get even color tones on spruce. You can scuff sand it back to smooth with say 400 or 600 grit before applying color. If sunbursting, it allows you to move the color around...
  15. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    I have a violin peg reamer that I use for this. I go slowly until I get to the point that that bushing goes in to about a mm or so proud of face of the peghead with moderate pressure. I mark that...
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    Re: Lacquer to varnish?

    Don't touch the lacquer! If it's valued at $8k, it must be by a good luthier. Lacquer cracks and crazes, shrinks and color shifts as it ages. But because if its composition, it becomes integrated...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Build five and and tweek the graduations, how do they sound compared to a $3500 mandolin? Learn finishing (do you already have a 60 gallon compressor and a good gun?) Dyes, sunbursts, and immaculate...
  18. Thread: Which bridge?

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    Re: Which bridge?

    My experience with Cumberland bridges is that, compared to cheaper brands, the Cumberland produces stronger notes in the trebles and better note definition all across the board. That may or may not...
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    Re: Re fret prices?

    Bound fretboard, $350 would be my minimum. Someone who charges less is likely not carefully dressing the fret ends. If you're playing bluegrass, I would defintiely go with EVO gold- 4x the lifespan...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Wow! Some incredible As in this thread. Raising two kids on a public schoolteacher's salary, I couldn't afford a 3k instrument, so I learned to build. This is #5. I mostly play celtic/contradance...
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    Re: Losing My Religion

    Collings mando? You have an amazing guitar collection, I think I've seen a couple in posts on AGF.
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    Re: Reducing chrome Grover F tuner shine.

    Joey's idea, used judiciously, sounds the safest to me. Bear in mind that when you abrade a chrome plating, you're inviting corrosion down the road- and those tuners are likely to work very smoothly...
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    Re: Upgrading a tailpiece

    I put a James on my #1 and absolutely love it. But putting $160 of hardware on an entry level mando is going to be a limited improvement in tone, due to the construction of the instrument. If you are...
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    Re: Again with the picks

    A third vote here for the TAD40-1R. It has become my go-to guitar pick for playing rhythm guitar in contra music, LOTS of control and just the right amount of give string noise in the chop. It'll do...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    TC Unitune- fast, nails the pitch instantly. Bright, easily seen in any lighting (including bright sunlight). Accurate, when you tune both strings in a pair, they're in tune with each other. Pricey...
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