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  1. Re: Kalamazoo Mandolin Mystery--zippier sound hole binding

    Ha! Love it. Nothing else sounds or plays like the Kalamazoo. I even bought a Cromwell tenor guitar (another 30s Gibson budget brand) and it has the same magic.

    -M
  2. Re: Kalamazoo Mandolin Mystery--zippier sound hole binding

    On the guitars I've always read the checkered rosette were the earliest models. Looks cool on the mandolin!

    And Tom, I think you might only have 3 KM-11s, since I have one of them now (my favorite...
  3. Re: Semi-accoustic Mandolin build + various questions

    Looking good! I have both an oval hole mandolin with a carved top (Gibson A) and a round hole flat top (Kalamaoo KM-11). I have had a few flat tops, and they have all had round holes, I think? Maybe...
  4. Re: Tenor Guitar Question: Convert an old guitar or pull the pick

    Slimming down the existing neck is going to give you scale issues: you're looking at a scale a good 2" + longer than a normal tenor. Of course, you could tune down, or use Irish tuning, or do...
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    Re: Bigsby/ TK Smith 5 String info......please

    This is an interesting thread - I've been a fan of the Bigsby mandolins for a while, but never considered the pickup and bridge locations and the comparatively shorter necks. I have an electric...
  6. Re: A not inexpensive way to try the tenor guitar

    The photos are terrible, particularly for such an item. But here are a few for posterity:

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  7. A not inexpensive way to try the tenor guitar

    Anyone else see this incredible electric Rickenbacker tenor with matching amp from 1934 on eBay for the low low price of half a million smackeroos?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/323778612936

    What a...
  8. Thread: New tenor

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    Re: New tenor

    I just reached out this morning, too. Late summer seems to be the target:

    Hi Matthew, thanks for reaching out. Our release schedules have been a little jammed by current events, but we’re...
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    Re: Stew-mac mini guitar kits on sale

    No source on 5 piece bridge/saddle combos, but CB Gitty had a blowout sale on bottom loading 4-piece adjustable bridge/saddles a few weeks back for $5 a pop. Not sure if the sale is still on, but...
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    1912 Gibson A-1 that needs some love

    If I hadn't already picked up a Gibson A, I would probably jump on this for the BIN price - looks to be a decent price for someone who doesn't care if the instrument is original - needs to finished...
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    Re: Favourite effects for electrics.

    Verne,

    That is SUPER helpful! And your rig is intense and amazing. Looks like a lot of fun! I'll keep at it, and will look at the links that John shared above, too. Reverb I get. That's where I...
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    Re: Favourite effects for electrics.

    I'm enjoying reading about everyone's setups, and appreciate the notes about why you've chosen certain effects over others. I'm still fairly new to electric mandolin (or electric any instrument, for...
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    Re: Tiny Moore electric 5-string lesson

    Would love to see some photos of that! I've been thinking that would be a fun build.
  14. Re: A quick and inexpensive way to try the tenor guitar

    The 1920's Regal is about 31.5" long, so I don't think I'll take a chance, especially for a gig bag. The price (plus a "free" baritone uke/tenor guitar beats the Martin Size 5 case, though!)
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  15. Re: A quick and inexpensive way to try the tenor guitar

    I’m glad to see someone has tried this. I considered buying one just to get the gig bag, which I think would fit my Regal tenor. (Can anyone confirm that it would fit? Anyone with a Kmise and a 20s...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Nice Trader Todd! I like those slides in the B part!
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    Re: My last build : a tribute to the Telecaster

    Oh man, I love it. Very nicely done!
  18. Thread: New tenor

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    Re: New tenor

    I wonder how long it will be delayed due to the pandemic?
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    Re: Conversion from cheap 6 string

    Well, I got a hell of a deal on this one. It was a bit too good to pass up, although I had to thin the herd of mandolins a bit to swing it. It's pretty nice.

    The conversion holds its own, though!...
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    Re: Conversion from cheap 6 string

    Steve, your post was one I read over a few times when I was planning my conversion!

    I did buy a "real" tenor guitar, and I've had 24 hours with it, a 1935 Gibson-made Cromwell (basically a...
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    Re: 1940s/50s United of NJ Mandolin?

    Every United guitar I've worked on had the tuners *nailed* to the headstock, so maybe the phillips screws were a later addition to keep the tuners in place? </speculation>

    -Matthew
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    Re: Conversion from cheap 6 string

    After a few weeks, I'm making a few modifications to the tenor conversion. Here is a before and after (I don't have any photos pre-tenor conversion. Whoops!)

    Here it is right after conversion:...
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    Re: My email got hacked

    At first I thought, oh, wow, he follows up 18 months later to see how the armrests are working out! I hadn't had enough coffee. Thankfully, I'd had enough not to click. :)

    (The armrest is still...
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    Tiny Moore electric 5-string lesson

    This just popped up in my recommendations: fellow Grand Rapidian Hayes Griffin is posting some "Tiny Moore Tuesday" lesson videos of Tiny Moore songs. Here's today's:...
  25. Re: Which of these two Mandolins would be better?

    I second the Army/Navy style. The mahogany will give a warm tone that will sounds great with Irish tunes, plus the fretboard and neck should be a bit thinner and more comfortable. (I prefer my...
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