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  1. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    Is this where we tell all the Eastman lovers that they have tiny frets and they will play a lot easier if you refret them? Eastman OEM size is 53x31, a medieval torture device for unsuspecting...
  2. Thread: Fret Size

    by kurth83
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    Re: Fret Size

    I like big and tall frets also, they take mandolins requiring more pressure than my aging hands can provide and get them into the comfort zone.
    I learned about jumbo frets in the guitar world, and...
  3. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I own a flat-top mandolin and it is very loud and bright, I prefer a darker sound, and prefer oval-hole arch-tops for that reason. Carbon tends to be dark by it's nature though, which might be...
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    Re: Eastman 805 Review

    I have a 604 (oval hole version), love that thing, it's still my main player. After I got it the 305 sits on the shelf. It's had some work done too, refretting to taller frets and a custom nut...
  5. Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    Starting this as a companion thread to the "why mandolin" thread.

    I started mando as an easier guitar with a unique voice, but over the years have had many unexpected and pleasant surprises about...
  6. Thread: Why Mandolin?

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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I wanted something guitar-like but easier to play than a guitar and hopefully would contribute something unique and a bit different. Looking back I have no regrets, I am a better mandolin player now...
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    Re: pointy vs round picks.

    It was a long journey for me, but I ended up loving smaller thicker triangles with pointy tips, and found that choice of bevel greatly affects tone, enough I don't need a rounded tip when a non bevel...
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    Davy Stuart custom getting closer

    Over a year ago I commissioned a custom Davy Stuart build, it's larger bodied version of his 18" scale flat-top mandola, intended to be strung as a 4-stringer. Basically a super-short-scale tenor...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    I commissioned a custom Davey Stuart build a year ago, no way I'm giving up my spot in line to a virus. :-)
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    Re: Conference Call Jam Session !!

    For jam sessions there is software that delays things by a fixed number of measures. The assumption is the measures repeat, like a blues progression, so you jam over what everybody else played 8 (or...
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    Re: counter-intuitive use of octave pedal

    I find when playing in a mix I like to thin out the sound of my emando too, adding some highs (or cutting some lows) is similar to blending in a bit of an octave up I guess.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    I bought an oval a few years back to dabble in classical music (the dabbling continues). Had a 605, bought a 604 and fell in love, never went back to the F hole as a main player after that.

    IMHO...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    I found recutting nuts for wider course spacing (by making the courses narrower) can make most necks (even narrow neck Eastmans) work pretty well. I found I prefer that to an actual wider neck after...
  14. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    The pick journey is personal, cheaper picks you can buy your own, I did, still have the complete collection. Once in a while I revisit it and find that my preferences have not changed after my...
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    Re: octave mandolins

    Eastman is bright, TC is darker, both play reasonably well, bridge on the TC is compensated for lighter strings (PS on top two courses), I got mine to sound pretty good.

    For me OM's were a gateway...
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    Re: Fender Tenor Tele - First Impressions

    Curious about it in CGDA.
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    Re: Mandolin vs. Mandola?

    I play both, I started on mandolin though.

    Mandola fits certain needs I guess, it gets down near guitar range, fun and useful to have around for certain things, I would never want just one or the...
  18. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    I think others already covered it, but congrats on doing that. I remember my first time, playing with a tuner and getting my intonation up the neck right, I own more accurate tuners now, but the...
  19. My adventures in tenor guitar, transposing finally works

    Been a while since I did a substantive post, so I though I would post my adventures playing mandola/tenor guitar over the last six months.

    I got into this whole mandolin thing 5 years ago so I...
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    Re: Eastwood Airline solid electric mandola

    I've been down this road, here is what I do, I only use four strings, and like to bend and use vibrato, basically they are electric guitar-like things.

    I have two of them, one strung as a tenor...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    WRT to tensions, you can design a custom string set (using string tension pro) for any tuning you would like.

    To me it isn't the tuning, it's the tension that matters for feel. I can design say a...
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    Re: Setup/bridge adjustment

    Yeah, good setup, lower action, lighter strings, those are the first steps, and enough for most.
    I also put on taller frets, since I started on a low-fret instrument, and my hands are old and weak....
  23. Re: Getting started with tenor, looking at an electric tenor

    If you want shorter scale, and CGDA, the Eastwood mandola converted to a four stringer is a sweet instrument. For longer scale, a real tenor guitar is the sweet spot.
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    Re: Six to eight string conversion

    That's a lot of work, very nice, projects like that are fun.
  25. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    For me, mandola was a gateway to tenor guitar.
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