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    Re: Electric Mandolin Build Help?

    IMO, I'd go with a 5 string mandolin (not octave).

    As for woods, have him build it out of what you'd have an electric guitar built of. Ash body, maple neck. Cap it with some gorgeous maple and do...
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    I'm a long time lurker, not a regular poster. I think I'm pretty typical of a lot of people right now though. Wife and I are both working from home for the forseeable future. Thankfully both jobs are...
  3. Thread: Waiting for UPS

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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    Kevin nailed it. My grandmother always would say "A watched pot never boils.."
  4. Thread: Saddle Fail

    by Chinn
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    Re: Saddle Fail

    I built a kit this past summer. My saddle failed 2 days after first string up.

    I replaced it with a Cumberland Acoustic.
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    Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    Thanks for that Mike. Interesting counterintuitive result!
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    Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    I've only built my first mandolin, however the bass and treble bars are carved differently as I remember. IE, converting a right hand mandolin just with the nut and bridge will not sound right.
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    Re: Completed First Build

    Thanks much all! I'm really enjoying playing it.
  8. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    About a year ago, I spent time in Nashville test driving a large number of instruments in the higher dollar range (your price range for reference). As always, they had a wide variety of tones and...
  9. Re: Five String Electric Octave Mandolin Project

    Impressive build!
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    Completed First Build

    Finished my first mandolin build a little less than a week ago. Have been playing my fingers off since.

    This started as an IV A-style kit. I ended up re-working almost every aspect of the kit. I...
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    One word.... Bends

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    Re: Has Anyone Built a Cigar Box Mandolin?

    I've built some Cigar box instruments, but not a CG Mandolin.

    Some things that I've found make a much better instrument are to source the largest volume box possible as mentioned above, and then...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    I enjoy making tools and jigs in my shop for my processes and this project was no exception.

    The thickness gauge was made of heavy 3/4 multi ply hardwood ply. I used a digital gauge from Harbor...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    Finally, this brings me to where I am now.

    I currently have 10 coats of Mohawk Nitrocellulose on the instrument. I'm pretty happy with where the finish is going. I do wish I had grain filled...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    After several days of playing the instrument in the white, the factory provided bridge broke. I've read of a few that did that, so it did not surprise me. I took this as an opportunity to order a...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    The back caused me a lot of questions at first. I was going from the Siminoff book and graduations. My back was significantly thinner than suggested by his graduations. I talked to people on this...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    With these tasks completed, I was ready to glue the neck into the rim/top. I did this as you might expect with many clamps.

    One significant deviation however was that the originally provided...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    Next up, I wanted to complete some work on the neck.

    I started by removing the white binding on the neck and re-doing the job with the torteloid binding that I finished the instrument in. That...
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    My International Violin A-Style Build

    I was not originally going to document this, but decided to put up some photos and describe a bit of what I've done to build my kit.

    Just a little detail on the front - I'm a fairly experienced...
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    Re: Help with IV mandolin kit

    I graduated my top pretty closely to the Siminoff plans. I found the book pretty useful.
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    Re: Help with IV mandolin kit

    Dan, did your kit come with instructions? If not, or if they're lost, reach out to International Violin and get a set. Admittedly, the instructions are pretty minimal, but they will answer a lot of...
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    Re: IV kit description question

    I'm in the finishing stages of a kit from IV's latest batch. Per Mike's comment, they won't match exactly.

    The top I found was near dead on in the center (no room to remove any more) and toward...
  23. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    Thanks again for the feedback everyone. I ended up using a combination of techniques to get the job done.

    I started off using scrapers to remove the majority of the finish. This worked in most...
  24. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I may do a test piece with some shellac to make sure I have an idea what I'm doing.

    The confirmation it would not cure came directly from the manufacturer of...
  25. Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    I mentioned briefly in another thread a build I'm currently working on, an IV kit, which is my first mandolin build. I'm not a first time instrument builder, but this build has had tons of firsts for...
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