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  1. Re: ES Arch Top Guitar Octave Mandolin conversion

    I've done this a number of times and really enjoy the result. But this is from the perspective of a guitar player that has never really attempted to play mandolin. Making these instruments is the...
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    Re: How frustrating! Just my luck!

    No harm done. As a professional, I can't count how many times I've needed to return to the beginning and start again. If you were faced with the same problem again, you'd take another approach and...
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    Re: Built a tenor guitar

    What a beautiful instrument and most certainly a precious one to keep. We had an old Martin tenor guitar in the shop a few year past that was being sold on consignment. Asking price was too high for...
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    Re: Dremel attachments

    Dremel is a consumer grade tool. I'm not a fan of the company and have little to say that is nice about their accessories. However, if my dremel broke, I'd be buying another the next day. At some...
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    Re: How would you do this?

    I've done this many times. I do what Tavy said. Its nice to have a peg hole reamer. Titebond is the easiest and the least dangerous approach but I use CA and a spray accelerator to get the job done...
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    Re: Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    The last time I went to my favorite local mill, the two guys there could not with any certainty identify the species of wood I was asking about. Don't get me wrong, these guys are professionals. If...
  7. Re: Mandolin Luthier Recommendations NY/NJ/PA

    I gotta look up this Paul Unkert. I have heard the name dropped a few times. He's not far from me. It would be nice to have someone to refer clients to. Seldom, but every once in a while I need to...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Only a Gibson LP will play like a Gibson LP. Personally, I don't find them comfortable to play -- had a very nice one and sold it ---just didn't enjoy it. But on the bench, they set up wonderfully...
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    Re: Metallic String Buzz

    On rare occasion, I encounter a defective set of strings. Causes all sorts of weird things that has had me chasing my tail. Maybe just wait for a change in the weather and it will go away. Stand in...
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    Re: Metallic String Buzz

    I suspect that bearing down on the tail piece is distorting the structure of the mandolin and/or certainly dampening the resonance. Yea, I like the trussrod also.
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    Re: Fret board lube and strings

    Wiping down the string with an old t-shirt is something you should do every time you put the instrument back in the case and I totally agree that fretboard conditioner or lemon oil, linseed oil, only...
  12. Thread: Fret setup.

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    Re: Fret setup.

    I have found on my electric mandolas and octave mandolins that the forth string can sometimes be temperamental ringing slightly sharp at the first three frets despite having correct intonation at the...
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    Re: best method to clean mandolin surface?

    A lot depends on how the instrument was finished by the manufacturer and what exactly it is that you're trying to clean off the surface. Above all else, you need to be disciplined about your...
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    Re: 2 way truss rod for a mandola

    Two-way trussrods are an insurance policy just in case the wood of your neck decides to warp in an uncooperative way. There are a few things that can wrong during a build that a two-way trussrod can...
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    In the picture that's shown of your model mandolin, it appears that you have P-Bass pickups. I've used these often for mandolas and octave mandolins. There is however no firm fast rules concerning...
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    Re: 10-20 drum sander abrasive roll tip

    Googled them and saved the bookmark -- thanks
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    Re: Starter Tools

    Seriously though... Buy your tools as you need them. If you're going to build an instrument, take your time and go one step at a time. Its an awesome adventure. Buy good tools when you can. Each step...
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    I haven't heard of this issue before. Put a capo on the 12th fret of the esquire and see what happens. My initial thought was that it had something to do with the overall impedance of the instrument...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Totally agree. Its only in the last few years that I've attempted to develop the skills to say no. Its a difficult learning curve.
  20. Re: How do you clean dried CA glue out of fret slots?

    Great posts. Its amazing how much you learn and then forget. I've done clean-out with a dremel. Heating up a hooked shaped feeler gauge sounds like it would work too.
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Steve, I think you missed the part of the post about the headstock side of the break being sanded flat after it broke. The joint surfaces no longer match. Not the first or the last time we'll see an...
  22. Re: How do you clean dried CA glue out of fret slots?

    I've made a number of fret slot tools. The picture posted by Marty has what I believe is actually a nut slot saw from stewmac modified to be fret slot depth saw and I've done exactly the same thing....
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    Re: about gluing in a fret

    I will not admit to anyone the amount of CA that I use. It is embarrassing. Your problem is quite common and I use CA to fix it. I see this occasionally during a refret but mostly when working on...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I would walk away from this repair. The likelihood that it will end with the client unhappy with your work and the cost is very high. Look up and hand the client the phone number for Gibson support...
  25. Re: Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    You should do a search through the library at mimf. I've seen a few jigs there. It used to be a very active place but its not anywhere as active as this place.
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