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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    I guess I have to accept it that way. Have tried to make repaired cracks disappear for years but look like it is not possible. Just hoping someone came out with a novel technique. I have practice the...
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    How to make the crack disappear ?

    I got an acoustic guitar that fell on the carpet floor and the headstock got a crack.
    I fixed the crack by fill in HHG then clamp it (standard procedure). The joint feels smooth to the touch....
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    Re: Inexpensive starter mandolin advice needed

    To make it clear, here are what I bought
    1) a mandolin on a trip to Vietnam for 50$, look very nice. Knew nothing about setup so I could not play it in tune.
    2) a friend gave me her cheap mandolin...
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    Re: Home Recording - best bang for buck

    I have been doing home recordings for about 10 years. My equipment is pretty simple:
    1) HARDWARE: any method below will work:
    1a) an USB audio interface (I use Lambda box which I own long long...
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    Re: Inexpensive starter mandolin advice needed

    Starting out with a poor quality, poor sounding instrument does no good to newbees. I went thru that pain. After 3 or 4 cheap mandolins, I finally pay for a good quality one to play with, properly...
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    Re: Rogue A Style Tuner Upgrade

    If the new tuner are tight, you need to make sure that when inserting the tuner thru the 4 holes, it should go in smoothly. If you have to force it, this mean the alignment is a bit off causing the...
  7. Thread: Saddle Fail

    by kkmm
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    Re: Saddle Fail

    Weird solution: once the action is set, I stick a small piece of wood in the center, between the saddle and the bridge to provide extra support in the center.
    This certainly prevent the saddle to...
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    Re: Screws for tuner buttons

    I ran into this situation before. although I collect used tuning hardware a lot, no screw in my collection matches the tuner that lost the screw !!!
    I ended up replacing the entire tuning hardware...
  9. Re: My only Mandolin's nut got damaged, what is my best option?

    Making a new nut requires some skills but not a PhD degree.
    If you have the tools you can buy a blank mandolin nut, and carve it to match with the existing one.
    Filing the nut slots (8 slots)...
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    Re: Pickup options for an F hole octive mandolin

    Where can I get the MISI endpin jack ? Looking up eBay but found none.
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    create TAB from standard music notation ?

    I have the need to create guitar TAB (or ukulele TAB) quickly from standard music sheet which I retype using MuseScore.
    Can someone give me advise about the exact steps to follow to achieve this...
  12. Thread: Tacoma mandolins

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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    How can one tell a Tacoma mandolin is pre-Fender or post ?
    Is the serial number good for this purpose ? Serial number of mine is E2325190
    180647
  13. Thread: Tacoma mandolins

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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    I also bought 4 or 5 bowlbacks so far and sold all of them because their sound are not thick enough for me, and very hard to hold straight for playing. Make no sense to me to waste effort to learn...
  14. Thread: Tacoma mandolins

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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    I owned a aTacoma M1 mandolin and have recorded a short song (melody only) with it, and also with a Kentucky pancake and A Kentucky KM-150 for comparison. All sounds good to my ears, hard to tell...
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    Re: Swapping Taylor guitars pickup

    Thanks for the suggestions. I won't swap just for peace of mind and less work. "If it is not broken, don't touch" hold true in this case
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    Swapping Taylor guitars pickup

    I have two Taylor guitars, 416CE and K14ce.
    From outside, both have 3 knobs for volume/bass/treble control.
    I am very familiar with the system with: under saddle transducer with preamp installed on...
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    Re: Bass guitar stays quiet !!!

    Next question: if the circuitry turns out to be defective, where can I look for replacement ?
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    Re: Bass guitar stays quiet !!!

    Thanks for the suggestion. Each pickup has two wires, am I correct that these two wires should be connected (soldered) to an output jack ? I do have spare output jack for this test.
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    Bass guitar stays quiet !!!

    I have an Ibanez 5 string electric bass guitar that went quiet. No sound when plugged in an amplifier. I checked battery, wiring connection for short & open, everything appear to be fine. There is a...
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    Sustain pedal for 200$ !!!

    I am looking on Amazon to buy a good keyboard sustain pedal to replace one that is dead after more than 10 years of usage.
    A good one is about 30$. Cheaper ones range from 12$ to 20$. There are a...
  21. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    OK, no more hot water. How about clamping then wrap the neck with a heating blanket set to warm temperature ? I don't want to put in a car trunk exposed to sun light as this could melt all the glue...
  22. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    My carpenter level is too long. I just use the straight edge of my metal bench. BTW, I also put towels on the neck and pour hot water on it, 3 times, about 2 hours apart to heat the neck. The...
  23. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    Thanks. I just did as suggested using the edge of the table for now. I will get a straight metal edge before putting in car trunk. I am no rush.
  24. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    I did shim the saddle up. It is very playable now. But I intend to straighten the bowed neck to improve my repair skills. A friend gave me this ukulele as he knows I love repairing instruments.
  25. Re: Soundboard transducer and internal cable noise

    I had same problem with a piezo on top sound board of my violin. Solved by securing cable with electrical tape (ala tacky putty).
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