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    Re: Best strings for 1929 Martin Style 20

    You're probably better off with 10 - 14 -24 - 38.
  2. Thread: Stew-mac prices

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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    Actually, I almost never buy bone from Stew-mac. I have other sources who sell at much lower prices.
    My point was that Stew-mac's prices on many items have gone sky high.
    It makes me wonder how...
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    Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    I've never been able to get one to hold long no matter what glue I used.
    If you haven't ordered yet, it would be a good idea to order a spare.
    In the meantime, if you're handy with tools, you can...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Shen makes good basses, good enough to make a living on. They are seeing quite a bit of use in orchestras now, and some orchestra players who have been using old Kays have been retiring them for...
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    Re: Estate sale find in Ohio -- maybe

    Well, this guitar person thinks the picture isn't clear enough to say anything for sure. The long saddle bridge, if original, indicates '65 or earlier. The bridge color [again, if original] is a...
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    Re: Estate sale find in Ohio -- maybe

    .. unintentional double post
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    Re: Sticky Handel Tuners on a 1915 Gibson F4

    Call Gryphon in Palo Alto. They are highly qualified to work on antique instruments.
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    9 bucks + for an unbleached saddle blank [$8 if you buy a dozen], $7 and change for a bleached one. LMI sells either one for $4.37, and they used to be the most expensive game in town.
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    Re: Sticky Handel Tuners on a 1915 Gibson F4

    Often, a drop of 3 in 1 oil on each of the bearings and one under the star shaped gear will work. It can also help to loosen the screw that holds the gear and run it back in so it is just snug, not...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    Just about any African variety should be fine. I haven't handled Indian, so I can't say either way about that.
    If you are able to talk to a human being on the phone, you can request a heavy piece. ...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    There's probably no need to pay the extra bucks for Gaboon unless you just absolutely want to have the top of the line. Any nice dense chunk of one of the other species should be good enough to meet...
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    Stew-mac prices

    I see that Stew-mac's prices on several common items such as bone and wood have gone through the roof.

    Although they were never the cheapest place around, their prices for things such as bone and...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    I was going to suggest buying a flat top bridge blank from Stew-mac, but I see they have raised their price to nearly $10, which is absolutely ludicrous. You can certainly find them cheaper from...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Yes, times have changed. And that Chinese gigging guitar that I mentioned is indeed a high-end Recording King made in 2009.

    I paid $800, not much above dealer cost, and almost sold it a couple of...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    I also have a sample board, though it does not include this particular wire. I also let him play a flat top that had .046" high wire. He still wanted the .050" wire, so that's what he'll get. It...
  16. Thread: String Geometry

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    Re: String Geometry

    That does look like a rather low bridge. But buzzing can be caused by a number of factors, such as uneven frets, a mis-adjusted truss rod, bridge height relative to the gauge of strings in use, an...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I think that Northfield is certainly the most talked-about mandolin right now.
    The most talked-about mandolin brand changes from year to year.
    I've seen an awful lot of brands and builders fade in...
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    Re: Martin Style 15 repair

    There's nothing wrong with a full contact bridge base.

    If you want to go a step further and carve your own bridge, pm me and I'll send you a piece of ebony big enough for the job. It can be done...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    It's generally good business to give a customer what he asks for.

    I'm about to install .100" x .050" wire on a short scale electric. I think it's too high for that sort of instrument, and gave my...
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    That's really good work. Most after-market refinishes are not so well done. For those who want to have an instrument refinished, it is definitely worthwhile to go to someone who has lots of...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Many kinds of materials have been used for guitar nuts. Martin has used ivory, ebony, and various plastics. I believe they currently offer bone on some models. Gibson has used ebony, bone, and...
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    Yeah, but if it's an old polyurethane finish, it might take a blow torch to get it off there . . .
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Judge an instrument by its tone, playability, and quality of construction, not by its maker, model, color, or country of origin.
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    Stripping old finish off an instrument without significantly thinning the plates is a problem. For a new finish to look right and adhere well, all vestiges of the original finish and any chemical...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I have only played one Northfield. It was one of their early F-5 models. It sounded good and appeared to be well made.
    The best modern F-5 mandolins for under $10,000 I have played were made by...
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