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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    I think you're right about the height of an adjustable bridge. Usually for these older, cheaper ones, you need a non adjustable one. Something like mreidsma suggested above could be a good...
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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    For the most part, I agree with the info so far shared. Here's my 2 cents worth of advice:

    1. What do I clean up the mando with? From what I read online just use a wet rag. Do not use furniture...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    As suggested, I cleaned out the routed slot (not much to do since the steel bar just sat in there) and it was already a good fit.

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    I mixed up a batch of stu mac slow cure epoxy and...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    I assume I should glue in the steel bar. Is that right? Is hide glue acceptable? I'll do that and put in the cap strip, then and sand level before putting on the fingerboard.
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    Amen! Do it once, do it right!

    Thanks. That's sound advice all around (no pun intended ...)
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    The saga continues! After going back to my old tried and true way of heating the fingerboard with a clothes iron and giving it time to get down to the glue, I was able to very carefully remove the...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    Well it's been quite a journey so far. I used the neck heater to heat the finger board and was making slow, but steady progress when things went downhill around the 7th fret. The glue would not...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    rcc56, Thanks for the excellent, detailed advice! Very much appreciated. Yes, I'm convinced that the neck angle is correct. I unstrung it and checked and, as I expected, when unstrung, it was...
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    Bowed neck issue

    Hi Folks, I'm restoring a vintage Harmony HG-165 mahogany guitar and I've run into an issue I wanted to run by the forum before I tackle it. I just did a neck set which looked perfect before and...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Darryl Wolfe, I checked and, no these are the only nail holes on the fingerboard and this is clearly the original installation.

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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    By God, he did! And I agree within on that.

    I'll check and see if there are multiple nail holes. I don't recall seeing any but then, I wasn't looking.
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Success! After another slow heating with the soldering iron on the frets, I was able to get the pickguard to come lose. A slow process to be sure, but gentle use of the wedges, heat and an antique...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    OK, Lots of good info here.

    So far I've done the following:

    I did use a thin lemon oil to lubricate the area on the theory that the rust would be loosened a bit and the nails might come out a...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Thanks very much. I'm not a beginner and I do have great patience so I'll approach this very slowly and carefully. I'll try a modified version of all of these ideas. A bit of lemon oil to try to...
  15. Re: Finally did it! 1895 C.A.Kisslinger BowlBack Mandolin restore

    Great Job!
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    1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    I recently bought a very nice 1915 Gibson A mandolin with several face cracks, but otherwise in very good condition with the original pickguard and tailpiece cover in excellent condition. The face...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Yes, there is a definite sense of accomplishment when you can save an "unstable" instrument. I feel like I have passed a major milestone in my repair career!
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    Re: Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Well, I got it done and am happy to say it all worked out well. As suggested, I did another dry run to make sure the screw fit it tightened down and the neck angle worked out. I masked off the area...
  19. Re: Need Help to identify this very very old Mandolin with case.

    I've got one largely re-built but am waiting on a couple pearl inlaid in pearl pieces that have been on order for about a year.... Once I get that, I'll put it all back together and try to sell it. ...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Again, an excellent conversation and I appreciate everyone's opinions. A great help!

    Don, the screw looks bigger than it is. it's a #8 (the smallest diameter available locally, about 1/8"...
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    I actually went on a buying spree with these last year and ended up with about 6 Brazilian bowl backs. I agree with the American Conservatory/Washburn/Regal assessment (they were all interconnected...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Here's an update and couple thoughts. I've begun Adrian's repair by drilling the hole in the heel and relieving the hole as suggested. I took a standard metal strap button and ground the bottom to...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Thanks! This all makes a lot of sense, particularly the idea of concealing the screw by putting strap button on it. That's an elegant solution!

    Regarding this: "then relieve the hole through...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Hmm. Good point about the glue not sticking. Whenever I've worked on cheap import instruments it's been some "mystery glue" and the workmanship on the glue job can be very poor. Back to the drawing...
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    Re: Mystery guitar

    I just consulted Bob Carlin's book and while he says Regal used this Double X pattern on their Jumbo guitars, he also mentions that "other companies such as Harmony also utilized this simple bracing...
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