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    Re: Brekke vs Traditional Bridge

    I switched to a traditional Vern Brekke bridge on my gibson A after the thump wheel adjustable bridge snapped down on the top when I was adjusting the intonation and put a nasty ding in the top. I...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Thanks so much for this thread. I was assuming I would use nitro for my next finishes since I am familiar with it, but this thread has caused me to reconsider my finishing plans. I really appreciate...
  3. Terrific; I loved it.

    Terrific; I loved it.
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    Re: Cutting Shellac for sealing

    I picked up a bottle of everclear. It is available at local licquor stores. What would be a good cut for sealing an instrument?
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    Re: Cutting Shellac for sealing

    Thanks, Everclear was what I remember. I believe it was your post Greg. As luck would have it the local wine store carries it.
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    Cutting Shellac for sealing

    I recall a post that mentioned a certain type of alcohol for cutting shellac, but have not been able to find the thread. I believe it mentioned that denatured alcohol could have finish issues from...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    Thanks John,

    The white purfling sounds like a nice touch. I just came across a picture Steve Sorensen posted of a beautiful mandolin where it appears that is what he did.
    I do have a gramil, and...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    It came out better this time, but It is still visible. It looks like it will be a good candidate for a sunburst. With that in view, the original design was going to be with ebony bindings. Does...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    Thanks everyone for the responses, and setting my expectations more realistic. If worse comes to worse I can sunburst it, but the initial design was to keep it white with ebony binding and trim, and...
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    Top repair patch

    Once again a router did me dirty. I was trimming the top flat with the sides and having successfully done all of the places where you are going against the grain, all that was left was the back, and...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Thanks everyone. I do plan on trying to improve the repair, but will use the top reguardless. I plan on picking up another back and side set to build for this top, and have ordered a new piece for...
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    Re: Roger Siminoff's mandolin book

    Thanks everyone. I have seen the debate about his tap tuning method. I am primarily interested in the construction. It sounds like the used ones are genuine.
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    Roger Siminoff's mandolin book

    It appears that the later edition is currently out of stock. I found a couple of used ones but they claim to be spiral bound. Was the original book spiral bound or are these knock-offs of some sort?...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Steve,
    That is another approach I would not have thought of.
    If I can't make the repair completely invisable I will be getting another piece of wood and starting over for this build. I will pick up...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Thanks John it looks like it is time for a web search.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Wow it looks like I should have asked some questions before I started.

    Matt,
    That sunburst is beautiful.

    Jim,
    That looks like a good way to cut them, but I don't have a dremel press so I...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Thanks John, Martain,

    Since this was my first attempt at cutting F holes I expected some issues although not this drastic. This makes the top a good candidate for a sunburst finish, but it is...
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    new top F hole repair

    I was cutting the F holes out with a coping saw and a piece split off. The coping saw has a 16TPI blade and it seemed way too aggressive. It would stick every time it hit the darker grain. This may...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    Thanks everyone. It appeared to me that these things were not done in general, but it is good to know why. I hope to never have to take it apart, but building with repair in mind makes sense. Your...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    The build is still in progress. The back and sides are together, and the top is carves to a uniform 0.2" (~5mm) which is what prompted there questions. I am ready to put the F holes in the top and...
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    Re: Bouzouki with extremely high action

    We would need a bit more info to try to determine what the issue is.
    Is there a truss rod in the neck.
    Is the neck pulling from the body.
    Can the bridge be lowered to bring the action down.

    It...
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    A couple of build questions

    I am building an archtop guitar shaped octave mandolin and have a couple of questions.

    1. I read in Robert Benedetto's book that he puts a sealer coat on the inside to help against rapid humidity...
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    Re: Capo for Octave/Bouzouki

    Another vote for the quick draw. It parks behind the nut and can be slid into place very quickly.
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    Re: Another CF reinforcement question

    Thanks everyone.
    So it sounds like recessing with epoxy is the way to go. I was planning to extent the CF into the headstock, especially since I am installing a truss rod.
    I am kind of commited...
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    Another CF reinforcement question

    I Picked up a piece of solid maple for the octave mandolin build. It has some quilting so I am going to reinforce it with 2 CF bars. One on each side of the truss rod. I have 3 questions.
    1. Should...
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