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  1. Thread: Refretting

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    Re: Refretting

    I will note that Stew-mac's prices on some items have gone through the roof over the past couple of years.

    One example is bone blanks for nuts and saddles. Even though they are currently on sale...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    Hello Lizabeth. If I recall correctly, you and I exchanged some correspondence through another forum about your instruments some time back.

    If I remember the mandolin correctly, it was in...
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    Re: Dampit tube humidifier

    Gibsons built over the last 30 years or so are notorious for having lacquer that is easily damaged by things that don't necessarily hurt nitro lacquered instruments built by other companies.
  4. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    About 20 years ago, when I was still actively playing classical guitar, I walked into a shop in Atlanta and spied a guitar made by Sobrinos de Santos Hernandez [nephews of Santos Hernandez]. They...
  5. Thread: Refretting

    by rcc56
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    Re: Refretting

    Save some of the money for something else. Their tools are of high quality, but most of what you will need can be bought at the hardware store. Only a handful of the Stew-mac tools are what I would...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    The tension of an .074" string tuned to C on a 24.75" scale instrument is about 28 lbs. An .070" string is 25 lbs., an .062" is 20.3 lbs, and an .060" is 18.6 lbs.

    Since the courses are doubled,...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    Check the brace again and check all of your seams.
    If you've got D'Addario off the shelf 'cello strings with .074" C strings and .048" G strings on there, get rid of them right now and lighten up...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    The year before Gibson bankrupted and Henry J. was given his walking papers, Gibson's special editions included not one, but two J-45 acoustic guitar models in green. One was a rather generic lime...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Some builders who finished instruments without spray equipment:
    Antonio Stradivari, Antonio de Torres, Manuel Ramirez, Santos Hernandez, the C.F. Martin Co., the Lyon & Healy Co., many thousands of...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    I've been using Stew-mac #147 [crown height .040", width .080"] for 20 years or more for most mandolin fret jobs.
    In short, the additional crown height makes it easier for a player to fret a note...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    I just looked at my trap door. It has a tailpiece similar to Steve's, and it is a friction fit that hooks between the bottom of the flesh hoop and the top of the tension hoop.

    The mounting hoop...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    I'll trust Bob Smakula's judgement about the choice of head. He knows old banjos awfully well, and stocks probably the biggest selection of banjo heads of any store.

    If he's saying an...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    I have a nearly identical tenor, 11802. It's a lot of fun. I tune it GDAE.
    I do get dirty looks when I bring it to a jam session, but I can't help it if they don't have a sense of humor.

    Of...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    Well Lucy, the cleats are a good thickness, and the soundhole was reinforced. So far as I can tell, you haven't done anything wrong. I think that if this was on my bench and I had gotten to this...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    The top thickness sounds like it is within reason.
    I am not familiar with that bracing pattern. I took a quick look at the Crystal Forest site, and noted some differences.

    My biggest concern is...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    It sounds like you have done your homework and that you know quite a bit about woodworking. The problems may not have been caused by you.

    Something you might do is measure the thickness of the...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    Yes, we need pictures.

    I will note that when an attempt is made to force humidity into an instrument to close open cracks, there is a risk of new adjacent cracks forming. My rule of thumb is that...
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    Re: Mandolin identification and value

    These are Asian made budget grade instruments that are sold new at music stores for perhaps between $150 and $300. They appear to be in good condition. These mandolins are generally sold without...
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    Re: Damaged teens Gibson A3

    Yes, it can be repaired. The question is whether or not it would be worthwhile to do so.

    The instrument is not an A-3, it is a plain style A; and it appears that most of the original finish was...
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    Re: Damaged teens Gibson A3

    I would not call pulling the neck from an early Gibson mandolin a routine repair. The joinery of the neck joints on these instruments is very tight. I have not pulled one, but I would expect it to...
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    Good work.
    Knowing when to quit is essential on a job like this.
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    Re: Damaged teens Gibson A3

    First, get another opinion before you settle on neck replacement.

    Yes, a neck can be successfully replaced on an A-3 if it is absolutely necessary to do so. Expect such a repair to be expensive,...
  23. Re: Requesting information on a Maurer new model 5248

    You will need an extra-light gauge set of strings.
    Any of the following would be suitable: GHS A240 "Ultra Light," Ernie Ball 2323 light, or La Bella 770L. You're looking for a set with a .009"...
  24. Re: Requesting information on a Maurer new model 5248

    According to my sources, Robert Maurer went into business in the 1880's, and put the Maurer stamp in all instruments starting in 1897. August Larson bought the Maurer shop in 1900. From that date...
  25. Thread: Old vs New Oval

    by rcc56
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I like the old oval hole Gibsons. Very well. Probably more than I like any other mandolins.
    I believe that they play the best when they have had modern frets installed.
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