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  1. Re: Old F4 Mandolin Neck- Bonus Cheap Body

    It seems strange to me that someone decided to graft an F-4 neck onto a modern economy priced F-4 style body.
  2. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Very good info/warning from John Hamlett regarding potential damage tightening the viola clamp. The viola clamps are used on mandolin armrests so more commonly used these days. I made this little...
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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    If Eastman uses a dovetail joint, it would look to be a poor fitted joint. Repairable but not a small job.
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    That's cool! I thought of building an electric mandolin covered in cowhide. Here's a tele style I made a while back with real cowhide.
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    1. no-name flat topped model with wood parquetry of a clown playing to the moon
    2. Harmony/Monterey A model with f-holes
    3. Washburn A model with oval hole
    4. Gerald Anderson F-5 style (#24)
    5....
  6. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    I had a radius and a refret done to my Gibson Fern. Not uncommon and not necessary to remove the fingerboard.
  7. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Here is one I made to replace the missing clamp on my F-4. Paul Fox offers 2 Pickguards with this type of clamp. He lists them on Ebay, they look very nice. ...
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    Re: floor racks

    My family room/studio is fairly large and did not have a closet. I framed in one with sliding doors on the studio end. Now I have dividers built in for a variety of guitar and mandolin cases, plus...
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    Re: 50's Kay Jumbo Restoration

    I've restored a number of guitars that had screws in the bridge, I prefer to eliminate the screws particularly if I have to make a new bridge. I also hate having screwed on pickguards and will...
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    I like them, bright, clear, articulate and good volume.
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    Re: The beagle has landed

    I like the after look, very cool. I also like basket cases for projects.
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    I'll have to try that, thanks!
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    I like the triangle shaped ones. I had used the Ultex picks forever (and still alternate with them) but I find I have to wet my fingers to maintain a better grip with the clown barfs. I didn't have...
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    Re: My band asked me to stop playing guitar

    I played guitar in a band that had another guitarist, we couldn't find a mandolin or fiddle player to complete our lineup. My bandmates knew I played a little (not small, lol!) mandolin and...
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    Re: Feline String Change Caution

    D'Addario has a string recycling program (although currently on hold due to NY state guidelines), I have a box for old strings on my shop's workbench. Once I accumulate enough to meet the minimum...
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    Re: a guide to instrument valuations

    Thanks to all for your input. I know the variables have to be taken into consideration and I've never considered blue book values anymore than a rough guide. NursingDaBlues, I find myself liking your...
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    a guide to instrument valuations

    Does anyone have a formal reference for instrument values in regard to condition, specifically as it relates to repaired, refinished, etc? I know the blue books have a range of values from fair to...
  18. Re: Gibson mandocello one piece and two piece necks

    Gibson patented the truss rod in '21.
  19. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    Wet it with some denatured alcohol and take a picture. It will give us a better idea of the figuring.
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    Re: KM200S - Is this crack serious?

    Sue, You're welcome. Glad you're excited about learning. Extreme dryness is not good for instruments, causes wood shrinkage that can affect joints, wood cracking, etc. I guess it's not good for...
  21. Re: Gibson A2 Pickguard Patent Number Question

    I love the old Gibsons. Gibson continued to use the patent date after the patent ran out. I like how Steve Smith at Cumberland Acoustic offers the patent date option on their mandolin bridges.
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    Re: KM200S - Is this crack serious?

    That model Kentucky doesn't have the neck joint riser that you typically see on a dovetail neck joint. I would suspect it's not a dovetail and may even be even held by a couple of dowel rods. This...
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    Re: KM200S - Is this crack serious?

    If there appears to be a crack or movement along the sides, it would probably indicate the neck is moving. The crack or separation in your photo is at the joint where the maker used a heel button...
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    Re: Gibson Mandola Restoration

    Ian,
    Rebracing would seem to require taking the top or back off. I would try fixing the current brace, if loose (with hot hide glue) and repair the cracks. I've read of some rebracing with an...
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    Re: Gibson Mandola Restoration

    Ian,
    I thought at first that one of the circles/indents in #2 photo looked like a drywall screw head, upon a closer look, I now wonder if they are either wood plugs covering dowels or screws, or...
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