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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    The first sixteen years of my career was related to the unthinkable. Most of the 100 or so children will be better people. I believe that.
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    I’d suggest gentle indirect heat to the fretboard. Something like cutting a penny to lay between the frets over the pin and applying a soldering iron momentarily every few seconds to just gently...
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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    There’s plenty of luthery work to go around. I share, you share and if you’re better at doing something than I am, I’m happy to refer my clients. But not everyone is into the tedium of doing this...
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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    Busted. I had an alembic bass in for repairs a few years ago. I looked at the bridge and thought, I can make that. You need an X/Y table on a drill press, a dremel a hacksaw, and an internet...
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    Latest build electric mandolin

    Finally finished the prototype and have played it so much my fingertips are bruised. Mahogany body, mahogany/maple/mahogany neck with persimmon fretboard and conventional trussrod. Tortoise celluloid...
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    Re: EMando Bridge. The hard way.

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    Stainless and brass. Yes I copied a certain company’s bridge but you gotta do what you gotta do.
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    EMando Bridge. The hard way.

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    Couldn’t find what I wanted so I made one.
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    As said more than a few times already, it needs a proper diagnosis. Is there excessive relief in the neck or is the problem due to neck angle or maybe even malformation of the top? Hard to know the...
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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: 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: 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: 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.
  13. 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: Necks

    I must have repaired twenty or thirty broken headstocks by now and not once have I ever encountered a broken scarf joint. On occasion, I have repaired instruments that I have previously repaired with...
  15. Re: Cleaning up Superglue and metal corrosion on old Bowlback

    You can remove the major mass of CA or any other glue using a single edge razor blade as a scraper. I fold over one or two layers of masking tape on each side of the blade leaving about 1/4" of the...
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    Re: Unfinished scrolls

    Pictures would help to understand the issue. My first thought is what I refer to as orange peel. This can easily happen when using lacquer as the droplets partially dry while traveling from the...
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    Re: Replacing Violin Fingerboard

    I look at these pictures and see what could actually be a wonderful instrument regardless of its market value. If its 50 years-old or if its 100 years-old, The quality of the wood is superior to any...
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    Re: Replacing Violin Fingerboard

    From the pictures it looks like a fine quality instrument of value. I do a lot of violin repairs but am not a properly trained violin master. I limit major repairs to student level instruments with...
  19. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    I say tomato, you say tomato... I haven't mastered the skill of making a traditional dovetail in my own construction. I really appreciate you folks letting me play in your sandbox as I am primarily...
  20. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    I've thought that perhaps the use of a screw was simply just to fully seat and clamp the joint as the glue cured allowing alignments to be checked and the screw itself assisting in maintaining the...
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    Re: I must've done something wrong......

    I've not heard of using Titebond as a sort-of mask before. The rule that I understand is that wood glue does not adhere "as well" to existing glue as it does to a clean joint. The general thought...
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    Re: Check out the old "repairs" in this guitar

    I generally don't work on high-end instruments but I can't count the number of times I've done something "a certain way" on the off chance that someone else might some day get inside the instrument...
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    Re: Filling Ebony Nut Slot?

    On an instrument of the violin family, I use a four corner file and cut a vee into the defective slot and use CA to install a donor vee-shaped block of ebony. Then its just a matter of reshaping the...
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    Re: Fret Dressing?

    Fretwork is my forte. I'm really good at fretwork says I who is a guy with 20 years of doing lots and lots of fretwork mainly on guitars. A nice 1920s mandolin should be addressed by someone with...
  25. Re: what is your preferred way to bend fretwire for radius boards

    I use what Marty uses but in the stewmac variety.
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