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    Re: 105 year old neck joints

    James,
    I am curious, The first set of photos shw the back with the binding going across the dovetail, and the last set seem to have the traditional neck cap on the heel. Was that glued sepertely? I...
  2. Re: Graham Caldersmith on guitar and violin acoustics

    Looks interesting; thanks for the heads up.
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    Thanks Graham, hopefully the next one will go better.
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    Those are great fret markers. I have already ruined one fretboard trying to copy them.
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    Re: Finish Issues

    Thanks for the help. Your suggestions worked.201246
    Three coats of shellac to seal it and I thought I was home free until I looked closer and I apparently sprayed a bit too heavy around the neck...
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    Re: Changes to the Original Brekke Bridge

    THanks for the update Vern. I look forward to trying the new design.
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    Re: Finish Issues

    I see what you are talking about. I will take a closer look. It may be glue or the tape I used to cover the white binding may have overlapped a bit. I found a couple of spots like that on the back.
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    Re: Grover 409 Tuners OK on Loar 600?

    I am not an expert on the subject but my understanding is that the post spacing on modern tuners is standard. The issues would be the location of the worm gear (over or under) and the post diameter...
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    Re: Finish Issues

    Boy trial by fire is an understatement although I am guessing it is the only way to get better at it.

    Thanks for the help, I will attempt to repair it before I sand back and start over.

    John,...
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    Re: Finish Issues

    Thanks Adrian.
    The back and sides were bare wood, but I did put 2 coats of 1lb cut shellac on the top. I have been perhaps too cautious with spraying too heavy since it seems the alcohol moves the...
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    Finish Issues

    I am doing a spray on sunburst and have encountered a couple of issues.

    I was ready to call the back and sides finished when I noticed a blotch on the back. I suspect the air brush spit a heave...
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    Re: Time to finish again

    OK thanks, I do have spray equipment. I guess light coats from a touch up gun is best?
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    Time to finish again

    I am about to finish the A5 I built and would like to do a french polish on it. If I use alcohol based stains on it to do the sunburst, what is the best way to seal it so the hand rubbing don't pull...
  14. Re: Recommendation for Adjustable Floating Bridge for Irish Bouzo

    I had a TC bouzouki That I got tired of having to change the height every season so I had one made for me by Verne Brekke "bridgerproducts@hotmail.com". It is a different design from the traditinal...
  15. Thread: "The Tree"

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    Re: "The Tree"

    Interesting; I knew what it was but never heard the history.
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    Re: Scrap Yard Challenge

    Adrian,
    Thanks for posting this. It looks like I have to upgrade my bending setup. I am currently using a 2" copper pipe and a propane torch and the heat is not nearly as controlable. It would...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    It looks like you have a lot of carving ahead of you!
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    Re: Getting ready to tune my A5

    Thanks Eric,
    The bridge is fitted and the nut is set for correct string height, frets are leveled so it is set up pretty much the way it will be when I finish it.
    I know the A2 is bassy and mine...
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    Re: Getting ready to tune my A5

    I traced the nominal (dotted line) outline of the F holes and penciled them on the top as a guide.I have opened them up to the point where there is up to around .030" left on parts of the tracing...
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    Getting ready to tune my A5

    After reading some threads on the forum, some articles by Peter Coombe, and especially the article by James Condino in GAL on tuning the mandolin strung up in the white I decided to give it a try.
    I...
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    Re: Practice wood?

    I have taken the opposite approach. With the number of hours that you willput into it, the cost for good tonewood is not that bad, and you will have a decent sounding instrument when you are...
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    Re: Gibson J45 top repair

    Thanks for all of the great comments. It is interesting to find out this is a J50.
    Comparing it to trigger is room for encouragement, and not to take anything away from the sound or the way Willy...
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    Re: Gibson J45 top repair

    It did not have a sunburst when I got it. Here are more pictures.200345200346200347
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    Re: Gibson J45 top repair

    Thanks for the history. I never would have thought a company like gibson would use bolts on their bridges. So it sounds like what i had was half factory and half repair.
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    Re: Gibson J45 top repair

    Allen, I have always wondered about that. When I got the guitar it did have bolts and a steel bar of some sort along wit a small bridge plate. I had assumed it was an attempt to repair the bridge,...
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