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    Re: Building the carved top Army Navy AN

    Lovely work! Looking forward to seeing & hearing this beauty!
  2. Re: Replacement pickups for 8 string Chinocaster?

    For clarity: Pickups made by the man Bill Lawrence (and his family) are available at https://www.wildepickups.com/. The other site is a company who owns the rights to the name & makes pickups. This...
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    Re: Givson Urbashi mandolin on Ebay

    Wow! That name is a blast from the past! I happened upon a Givson acoustic guitar at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in the mid-80s. Horrible sunburst finish, no center interior backstrip; just cleats,...
  4. Re: Replacement pickups for 8 string Chinocaster?

    They're Strat-sized, but you might need to "finesse" the scratchplate due to slight differences amongst the many brands. I just purchased a couple of cheap 4-pole single coil tenor guitar pickups to...
  5. Re: Best strings for magnetic pickup mandolin?

    Mine came with generic steel strings, but I swapped them out for D'Addario Chrome Flatwounds and never looked back. :)
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    Re: Marty Stuart solo mando Tom Petty cover

    Can't get this tune out of my head! + Thanks for posting.
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    Re: Tinny e string on my octave mandolin

    What gauge are you using? With a 20-ish scale length, you should be using around a .013 for the E course.
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    Re: Maker of Cittern Played by Aaron Jones

    Looks like one of P.W. Crump's instruments. www.pwcrumpco.com
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    Re: A Place In The Heart

    A favorite of mine, and nicely done!
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    Re: Mandola strings

    The terminology used in describing mandolin-family instruments is historically confusing. There's a good read here: http://banjolin.co.uk/mandola/index.htm which gives an explanation I can live with....
  11. Re: Replacement humbucker pickup for Eastman El Rey Lollar

    I don't know if he's still working, but you could contact Steve Ryder: https://www.sjryder.com
  12. Thread: Grover tuners

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    Re: Grover tuners

    Echoing: "How about a picture?"
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Bill McCall said: “The seating position for guitar v Mando is quite different. For me, a straight backed chair would be awful.”

    Guitar or mandolin family, I generally sit “up & forward”. A chair...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    I'm a bit late to the dance, but this one has always struck me as simple & functional. https://originalguitarchair.com/
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    Re: High Action Help!

    Scroll down to the thread titled “Mandolin Set-up E-Book by Rob Meldrum”
  16. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    That tan line at bridge is due to it being offset. It’s way off-center toward the treble side, and the slots (if cut?!) appear to be accommodating the offset. Eric’s likely correct; it was used...
  17. Thread: Nut width..

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    Re: Nut width..

    The “normal” width isn’t really an industry standard, as you’ve noticed. I measure outside edge to outside edge of the fingerboard at the very end. The nut itself can vary within a narrow range as...
  18. Thread: Punch brothers

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    Re: Punch brothers

    Even hearing CT count off “1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-5”, finding the timing within the tune was … challenging?! But it made me recall Danny Carnahan’s take on “The Otter’s Holt” which is in 10/4. If you’re...
  19. Re: String Gauges For Cittern, changing Unisons to Octaves

    The general rule of thumb is one-half the diameter of the fundamental string. The two instruments I have strung this way are both *slightly* under half the diameter.
  20. Re: Need you to rebuild a special 50's Gibson mandolin-just a nec

    Might’ve been simpler to post the link: https://reverb.com/item/37817259-gibson-custom-randy-wood-a-5-mandolin?show_sold=true and say “Are any of you willing to fix my mandolin?” ;)
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    I did some digging and found this story. Although it’s sad, it paints a nice picture of who Ken Donnell is. I think this merits mention to the Cafe’ family....
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    Re: Nylon String Mandolin?

    I’m using a concert uke tuned GDAE with LaBella 900 Series Gold Nylon Polished Classical guitar strings. For this tuning, I use strings 6,4,2, & 1, which are .042w, .032w, .031p, & .028p. Bends and...
  23. Re: Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator vs Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator

    There’s a short thread from 2010 here: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/boss-ac-2-vs-ac-3.686188/
    The final poster says the model 3 is far superior in modeling.
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    Wondering if the internal mentioned was one of Ken Donell’s MiniFlex mics? Still available … https://www.miniflexmic.com/
  25. Re: GDAE tuning for an established six string guitar player?

    Your question made me realize that I don’t really approach OM/tenor and guitar in the same way. My guitar playing has typically been classic rock & singer-songwriter music, with solos & the...
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