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    Re: electric hum

    Could be just the cable's internal connections. Try massaging it while powered up, you might hear intermittant static.

    (I once avoided mega-repairs on a '70 Pontiac, w/ over 100k miles, by...
  2. Thread: Compressor?

    by EdHanrahan
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    Re: Compressor?

    FWIW, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds (hits w/ mostly Dylan tunes like "Mr. Tambourine Man") used compression on his Rickenbacker 12-string guitar (lots of treble), to the extent that his Ric signature...
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    Re: Used Gibsons

    Sorry to sidetrack, but ...


    ... in my case, a $40,000 D'Angelico, from guessing the late '40s. That was in the early '90s.



    When they did a not-so-minor repair in '92 (stupidly dropped my...
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    Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    FWIW, the Pono website doesn't seem to give an address, but it does say About:
    "Kilin Reese . . . . before settling in the beautiful beach town of Kailua, Hawaii."
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    Re: Pinky independence

    Are you a converting guitar player, like many/most of us here?

    - If so, a basic error is positioning your fretting fingers like a guitarist's, to extend & retract across the fretboard, each finger...
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    Re: Help with identifying mandolin

    Just to back up Mike's comment, the close-up of the headstock clearly shows a super-thick & super-glossy (polyester?) finish, a hallmark of such instruments.
  7. Re: Looking to identify a Kentucky Mandolin

    My guess? It was probably caused by:

    1- Drilled holes.
    2- Screws into those drilled holes.
    3- Stuff held on by those screws.
    4- Such stuff falling off while pulling the screws along for a...
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    To expand on Allen's comment:
    Simply raising the air's temperature causes lowered relative humidity, because warmer air is capable of absorbing more moisture than colder air. That is, taking...
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    Re: Pls critique this nut work

    I think Mr. Imaginary worked at Fender 20 or so years ago. Something about nut friction upsetting tuning when locking-tremolo bridges went into "dive-bomb" mode, maybe?
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    FWIW, "bookmatched" (split, spread, & edge-glued) wood tends to provide a more symmetrical & attractive pattern than a single piece of wood does. Guessing there might also be sonic benefits to...
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

    Not a problem! While not readily obvious, the Big Softys are reversable: short end at the tailpiece for an A, long end for an F.

    That said, I also really like my Lakota, plus a Sully's on guitar.
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    Re: Happened to you?

    ... being, obviously, that the music "spoke to you"!
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    Re: Mystery Solved

    Hmmm... Is it possible that you worked up a decent-but-not-obvious sweat while playing? On rare occasion, I've found that the local temperture & humidity combination can bring on a surprising...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Oh man, sorry to hear that, Dan. Do feel better soon. So here's a question in the interim: Most of us bright folks can figure the "picker" part of your screen name, but the "iflng" ... huh??
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    If the problem was at the nut and w/ the open pair in tune, I'd expect the worst intonation at the first fret, evening out as you go up the neck (as the % of difference in string length / pitch...
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    Re: Help Identifying Mandolin

    ... ya mean, other than that they look like poor imitations of Grover's economy tuners that you can get for $20 on ebay? Or that they're installed poorly with re-drilled holes, some shafts at hokey...
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    Re: Custom compensated bridge?

    Just for clarification, most of us would assume that the G & C are wound, while E & A are plain. And steel rather than ukulele nylon. And that "low-G" ukulele implies not re-entrant tuning, so that...
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I've had a McClung, plus a replacement McClung (Thank you, Doug! That was 10 years ago, maybe.), with similar issues. So ...

    Check that the ends of the (violin chin rest) clamp, where it screws...
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    Re: Gifted mandolin

    Considering that the neck's heel extends down the side of the "resonator", seeming to be permanently attached, I'm thinking that maybe the resonator section can't be removed ... ??
  20. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    Sound like appreciated compliments all around!
  21. Thread: Saddle Fail

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    Re: Saddle Fail

    A hard-core engineer would tell you that it's a flaw in, yep, the original design! That 90-degree angle concentrates that 200-lb stress of the strings pulling down right at the corner, which is,...
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    Re: Quick Gibson A set up question

    Have you checked that string height at the nut, over the first fret, is the same as -or just a tad higher than- the string height over the fret just past any other fretted note? Think of the nut as...
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Plus, it's easier to get "round-holeish" tone out of f-holes, by playing more toward the center of the string, than it is to get a cutting, percussive tone out of round-holes, where playing closer to...
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    What they said!

    Yes it's fun, but learning can also be fatiguing. Just as muscle fibers repair & strengthen themselves after exercise, neural pathways need down time to restore and "finalize"...
  25. Re: Couple of strings going out of tune regularly. Machine heads?

    HA! So rare that we tend to forget it. The ONLY time it happened to me, it was both E-strings at once ... go figure!

    To Don's list, I'd add checking the screws for tuning cog and end knob. ...
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