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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    Chord Calculus on IPhone, I don’t know if they do an android version too.
    It is fairly simple to use, but can give out a few unplayable chords. At least not without Stretch Armstrong’s hands.
  2. Thread: 8 string Uke

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    Re: 8 string Uke

    That’s a new one on me. I am not sure if I would buy it unless I could try it out first. Definitely interesting though
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    Re: Electric Mandolin Buzzing

    Aluminium, steel or any other metal for that matter. As long as it forms a Faraday cage.
    Altoids tins etc are common for guitar amps or effects for that reason.
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    While I would be hesitant to do this if the instrument has any historical value.
    How about drilling across the break and inserting a couple of dowels or carbon fibre rods. If you then plug the...
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    Re: Hand Lotion and Strings

    Paranoia about germs is second nature due to the work. My colleague and I have not had much of a change as far as hand washing etc. If you took apart what we did where we do you’d be paranoid too. ...
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    Re: Hand Lotion and Strings

    I work in infection control specifically fitting the machines that clean and sterilise surgical instruments. As a result I have been using hand sanitisers for years and some of the hospital soaps are...
  7. Re: 4 String Electric Mandolin recommended strings?

    A little bit more information might help. Is there something about the current set you don’t like?
    What style of music are you going to use it for?
    Personally I tend to choose light strings but it...
  8. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    If you mean the gain switch in the buffer schematic. It’s a little din switch in some or those pegs with a little bridge you see in computers.
    I didn’t bother. You have two resistors at the start...
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    Re: Ready built electric mandolin necks?

    I have built mine with a two way truss rod, I haven’t had to make use of them once fitted. But the ability to straighten the neck should I have to is worth the time etc to fit one.
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    Re: Ready built electric mandolin necks?

    It really depends on where you are too. The OP is in the UK that adds to the cost if you do go to Stewmac or potentially any overseas seller.
    My latest neck was made with fiddleback sycamore not a...
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    Re: Ready built electric mandolin necks?

    I can’t help with a supplier. I made my own as I didn’t find anything for sale here (UK) either.
    As far as paying for someone to to cut the fretboard I found this...
  12. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Sounds like you are having fun. The nut can be fettled with super glue and baking soda iirc a search of YouTube etc will show you how.
    As for the FET’s I read about getting them matched and or...
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    Re: First build - sanity required!

    I have an electric five string octave. I made it from a mahogany fire place and some ash for the neck. I fitted one hum bucket in the neck switched for series parallel and single.
    If (when) I make...
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    Re: Recognize this one?

    That’s walnut, I have enough of it both in instruments I have made and gun stocks too. The seller might be ignorant of the difference if you want to give benefit of the doubt. However pulling one...
  15. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    I have standard push pull pots bought from the bay of evil. Not sure on exact dimensions but an inch or so sounds about right. I had a little trouble with depth in that my cavity cover is carved...
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    Re: Hybrid electric

    I have a push pull pot setup, which puts the two outputs to a stereo jack. In the down position they are parallel, however I have found that if you roll either volume off too much you lose the other...
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    Re: Electric Mandolin Build Help?

    My experience with electric mandolin started nearly 30 years ago. A band I was watching at a local pup used one on a couple of songs. I was hooked, but couldn’t find one to buy. I bought an acoustic...
  18. Thread: Hybrid electric

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    Re: Hybrid electric

    I have recently built this 186901
    It has magnetic and piezo pickups. The piezo is in the bridge and has a FET buffer built into the body. I run it off a 9v battery. But it can be made to run off...
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    Re: Bigsby/ TK Smith 5 String info......please

    I went for 19 frets on mine. I do prefer the tone to my previous electric. I think that has 22 frets. My daughter claimed it, it’s tuned as a Ukulele :disbelief: But at least it gets played.
    I did...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Yes I am in the UK. You are correct it is Acer pseudoplatanus. Although most of what comes through our joiners shop is not that well figured. I claimed some table legs, mainly because my Father only...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Nice piece of timber, bet it will look stunning with some finish on.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    They’re the screw holes for individual tuners. As opposed to four on a plate one’s. This is going to be my own instrument, I am building an almost identical one with regard to shape and pickups etc...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    Sycamore neck for my solid body eight string mandolin.
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    Ash carved top chambered but no sound holes. Trying to limit feedback in a small gig type environment. A few local bands use...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Finally making some progress
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  25. Thread: Whatcha up to?

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    Re: Whatcha up to?

    You can try using an emulator. I have one that runs software that works on windows 95 or something like that. But not on Windows 10. It is like a computer within a computer. Maybe there’s something...
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