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    Re: Electric mandocello

    Depending on what you're looking for, a guitar conversion is an inexpensive way to go. I've been doing these for a few years. A conversion takes me about five or six hours. A 25.5"scale will tune to...
  2. Thread: Fret markers

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    Re: Fret markers

    Its just tradition. There are all kinds of thoughts on how and why with this but there is no definitive answer.

    Twenty years ago, I did exactly the opposite mistake on a guitar. I still have the...
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    Re: What do you see?

    I see what Don sees -- a potential fracturing of a laminated top but it could be an unfortunate optical illusion thingy. I also see what could be interpreted as a sinking top referencing the...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I just want to say thank you to everybody in this discussion. I've yet to build an acoustic mandolin. To me, all of you are my mentors. I will do this at some point. Discussions like this may be...
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    Re: Us newbies are cracking on ;)

    I went looking because of the comments about naked... and didn't find them :( Good luck in your endeavors. EMandos are so cool.
  6. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    Honest true... I once repaired a damaged gord on a sitar that was missing pieces by slicing a plain bagel into 1/4" thick bites and saturating them with superglue. Sanded them to shape and applied...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Its just like anything else that is stored for 15 years. It could go south, or not. A fair number of luthiers believe that playing an instrument imparts mojo and results in the development of...
  8. Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Marty, I have a quantity of these tuning machines that I will never use. Its a long shot but maybe they'll work - or not. They seem to be be very good quality but a very odd design. The back shell...
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    Prep is everything. I absolutely do very close to the same thing as Sunburst. Its important that the light sanding actually be light (light pressure) or the shellac will load up and cause surface...
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    Re: Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Since the mandolin is built overseas and in multiple locations, its quite possible that even the parent company in SF won't be able to provide you an answer. Its fairly easy for any tech to...
  11. Re: NMC Electric Guitar Alternate Tuning Gauges/Tension Question

    I just went to the website that Jonathan K mentioned. It will answer the questions you have exactly on the money. You can mess around with the specs that you input using things that you are familiar...
  12. Re: NMC Electric Guitar Alternate Tuning Gauges/Tension Question

    I've played around with octave mandolin guitar conversions and very short scale basses for a number of years. It comes down to which priority do you have, scale length, or pitch? Do you have an...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Mr Breeze, You polishing cloths will work great. 600 grit is fairly safe to clean up file marks without easily changing the actual height of the fret. 1000 grit is a better finish than you get on...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I've done that process on a couple of old guitars. Sometimes you can get away with only pulling a few frets and if you're lucky, you can reuse the original frets. I have a soft spot for student level...
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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    The day I first saw that video I went to my hardware store on purchased a double headed axe and basically did the same thing he did. It had better sustain -- not really. It sounded like an axe with...
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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    As a guy who has really really tried to understand the electric guitar for twenty years and tried to squeeze every bit of understanding out of every encounter with a superior instrument, I'm resigned...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    There are a lot of folks who do this kind of work. Find someone that earns your trust and listens to you. If you don't have good communication steer clear. Its as much my responsibility to listen and...
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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    I once played an electric guitar manufactured completely from machined aluminum billet. It sounded awful to me. But I'm sure that someone with skills could employ it to make a noise that was of some...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    Just adding a couple of comments. Although I don't use superglue to fill a nut slot, but as mentioned by someone else above, I have found that a full overnight curing of superglue seems to result in...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    As I mentioned before, I'm new to mandolins. I'm also new to this forum as an active participant. I signed up back in '07 but that was only to have a few questions answered. I find this post very...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    Trussrods are insurance. Many instruments may survive without one. But considering the work and hours that you put into making a superior instrument, the $5 to $35 that you spend on a trussrod is...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Depends on where you live and what is included with what they are calling a "Fret Dress". As just the process of working the fret ends to be round, and establishing proper crowns and polishing them,...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    I'm new to this forum. Recently smitten by mandolins. Not everything I know about guitars applies to mandolins and I'm eager to learn from those who know "stuff". Fretwork is my forte. I just hope...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    ...breeze, First, I don't think that the radius of the concave surface is tight/narrow enough for most mandolin frets. But it'll certainly be an improvement over not using any crowning tool at all....
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    Re: proper fret dress

    I'm going to be curious about any reason for disagreement but frets should always be rounded and polished to a mirror finish. The main reason for this is longevity of the fret and the delayed...
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