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  1. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    I’m afraid you’re right. Seems like the smart thing here is to stay fluid in my decision, and wait until I have the opportunity to play some Collings and Northfields, and whatever else. Maybe I find...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    After spending the last year convincing myself electric guitar wasn’t my home base, I’m back to two Strats and a Les Paul Standard. The Strats are a ‘96 MIM Tex Mex, a partscaster built by an old...
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    Re: Strap Recommendation for A-style

    Those look really nice.
  4. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    Maybe I’ll just spray paint it black.




    Ok, I’m obviously not going to do that :) It was my dad’s, but his lifelong mandolin was a Sparks F-5 that I also have. He bought the DL about 5 years...
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    Dunlop 500 .96mm

    I found a huge stash of these in my dadís stuff, and theyíre excellent for mandolin. The tone is on the dark side, and thereís just enough flex that the pick noise is almost nonexistent. Plus, the...
  6. Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    As some may know, I recently inherited a 2016 Doyle Lawson F-5. It plays great, it sounds great, and I should never have to look in the Mandolin Classifieds ever again. Itís a top tier instrument,...
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    Refretting

    I have two electric guitars, an electric bass, and my F-5 that could all benefit from a refret. Considering that's way north of $1000 to get them all done, I think it's time to get tooled up to do it...
  8. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    No matter how many times I swap them off for other things, I'm accepting that electric guitar has always been and always will be my main instrument. I have a 60's Gibson Southern Jumbo that I love,...
  9. Re: Converting 8-stringed guitars to mando cellos

    27-ish" is a WEIRD scale. My electric guitars are all 24.75", 25", or 25.5", but I've owned 26.5", 27", and 28". The 27" and 28" are a super awkward length for an instrument where you're still trying...
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    Re: Replacing Worm Over with Worm Under

    Me too.

    The mandolin I started on, in the picture to the left, had reverse tuners. I suppose if it had been the first stringed instrument I'd ever played, and the hundreds of guitars I'd played...
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    Re: Replacing Worm Over with Worm Under

    Why are reverse tuners a thing?
  12. Thread: Stp 50

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    Stp 50

    Just got a couple new BC picks. Iíve always used TAD 60s and CT 55s, but I think my new choice may be the STP 50. Also got a TP 50, which I like, but the tiny one is pretty great. It sounds almost as...
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    For the last month, I’ve been playing about once a week with a couple guys. We stay outside and try not to cough on each other. Seriously, though, we’re all taking this pretty seriously in our every...
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    Re: Sierra and Sam

    Watched that clip the other day. It doesn’t get much better than Sam Bush with the younger players he’s inspired.

    There’s one of him and Thile playing “Brilliancy,” and Sam goes, “Chris is gonna...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Yes on the truss rod.

    The brace does not seem to be loose. I’m grabbing at it as best as I can, and knocking on the top. No signs of play.

    EDIT- Re-strung it with a GHS set that was probably...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Would you guys feel comfortable putting 11-40 strings on it? It has 10-34 at the moment, which feel and sound like rubber bands.
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    This makes me wish I had more mystery mandolins to post.
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    Re: .017 A string....whoa!

    You’re correct about the 6lbs obviously. I have a hard time thinking the EJ75 set is within a few lbs of critical overload for most instruments. Seems like an awful lot of people use them with no ill...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    The receipt wasn’t dated, but I know my dad bought it prior to going to college, which would mean pre-1970. The re-neck would’ve been done prior to that, as he never mentioned it being done. I...
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    Re: F Mandolin gig bag

    Is the issue the case being too heavy? If so, I cart my Gibson F-5 around in a Gator polyfoam case. It’s bulkier than a bag, but very light and offers HSC protection, as long as I don’t pile anything...
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    Re: .017 A string....whoa!

    That would be about 3 more lbs of tension than an EJ75 set.
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    With a little Googling, the FON says it's a 1918 A4. Seem reasonable?
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    The number looks like 11122

    187145

    187146

    187147

    187148
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Thanks guys. I’ll take better photos and find the FON.
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    Re: String recommendations

    It sounds like your issues are due to the setup, or lack there of. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Eastman’s playability.
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