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  1. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    I also use a Godin A8 but in a semi loud band and kinda thought the same thing the A8 doesn't look the part than realized I don't either so what the hell & I usually hide behind the singer anyway....
  2. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    @Sevelos, You're most welcome, and good going! Any successful repair that requires no effort on my part is a victory :grin:.

    So many of these problems come back to quality control during assembly.
  3. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Paint a couple of scrolls on it, and pour some tea over it as a stain.
  4. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Guitar skins,a sheet of vinyl printed with an image that you attach to your guitar or mandolin. (AN interenet search for guitar skins will show up more companies and more designs.)

    You'll have to...
  5. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    I had a very similar problem with a Fishman Rare Earth guitar pickup where the battery went flat in a matter of days (not months) with nothing connected to it. I suspected the socket and this turned...
  6. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Two options come to mind. One is using inlay decals, either stock or getting a custom decal, to act as a faux rosette. I've used them pretty successfully on a couple of instruments, and they've...
  7. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Or give it a few cigarette burns and pour a frappe over it? Maybe laminate a very thin layer of olive wood over the top?
  8. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    A Star of David or a Celtic Cross tailpiece.Never gonna look like a bouzouki.
  9. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    In the past couple of years, I've noticed a lot of variability in quality and life of batteries. There are people selling "old" batteries (that is, approaching their expiration date) as new. My...
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    Re: Hardwood tops

    I make ukuleles, so most of them have had hardwood tops.

    If you're asking specifically about mandolins, I doubt there are many around with hardwood tops. Hardwoods tend to dampen out the higher...
  11. Re: Godin always used Richlite for A8 fretboards?

    I have a Martin guitar with a Richlite fretboard, and I think it’s quite nice. It is a very stable and nice material for fretboards. But, I have read that when exposed to high temperatures, it...
  12. Re: Radiused fretboard with straight bridge on a Kentucky

    My 272, purchased this spring, came with a radiused fret board and a flat ( or even slightly concave) bridge. I'm lucky to have access to a fantastic luthier who made short work of that problem. He...
  13. Re: Radiused fretboard with straight bridge on a Kentucky

    If you're out of USA your best bet will be to replace the bridge and fit it yourself. Not a bad idea anyhow since the bridge on the Kentucky is Santos Rosewood. You could replace it with a radiused...
  14. Re: Radiused fretboard with straight bridge on a Kentucky

    As Ivan said, even with a radiused board, the top of the nut is often straight or near enough - as long as the nut slots are correctly cut it makes no difference.
    As for bridge - if the board has a...
  15. Re: Radiused fretboard with straight bridge on a Kentucky

    If the nut slots are of varying depths,then it will behave as a 'radiused' nut,so will the bridge slots. However - going back 10 years or so,i fitted a new CA bridge to my first good mandolin. The...
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    Re: Magnetic mandolin pickups by Tap

    I had a 4-string (single course) mandola with a humbucker pickup for a while -- the Breedlove "Zenkl" model designed for fingerstyle playing. The pickup was glued flush to the end of the squared-off...
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    Re: Magnetic mandolin pickups by Tap

    The pickup I have from Marshall is very small, I think he makes them thinner too. You could easily mount it with something of your own design and run the wires thru the sound hole to an end pin jack,...
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    Re: Mandolin changing its color with time

    Violin makers routinely use UV cabinets (cabinets with mirrors and UV lights in the inside walls) to get color into violins in the white. It looks better under varnish.
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    Re: Mandolin changing its color with time

    This is good news for me.
    I recently bought a Hora mandola and I would love to see the top get all funky like that.
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    Re: Mandolin changing its color with time

    The way I phrase it is:
    All wood wants to be the same color.
    If you walk into an antique store and see a 100-year-old table on the other side of the room there's a pretty good chance that you...
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    Re: Mandolin changing its color with time

    My first mandolin was that exact Romanian one you have - same flower logo. I played it from age 8 to 14, when I was lucky enough to get my hands on an A1 Gibson. But it was that mandolin which...
  22. Re: Needing advice about oval-hole mandolins and bandolims

    The sounds of online recordings tell me nothing. I really have to play an instrument myself to know whether I'll like the sound - and, of course, the feel.

    For instance, my humble Mid-Missouri...
  23. Re: Needing advice about oval-hole mandolins and bandolims

    Perhaps someone from the Cafe could be near to the seller/dealer of a mandolin in consideration. I am sure there are many Mandolin Cafe folks in the Berkeley and San Francisco area who could possibly...
  24. Re: Needing advice about oval-hole mandolins and bandolims

    Kerman is retired from instrument making.

    Giannini bandolims can be affordable versions of what you are looking for.

    Also you could check out Ashbury mandolins, the ones with the “onion shaped”...
  25. Re: Italian mandolin with guitar-like bridge?

    Yes, Venzana was making Gelas-like instruments for Paul Beuscher in Paris. I am not sure the bridge on the one in question is original, though, likely an improvised replacement.
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