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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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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    First make sure that the nut slot is actually cut too deep. Often debris from the nut file can remain in the slot and make the string misbehave. Sometimes its just a bit of lint from the polishing...
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    Re: Good idea / Bad idea ?? Suede back

    Again, I'm only considering this for a solid body electric mandolin. In this and other forums I'm not getting any positive feedback and honest opinions are what I'm looking for. I might try it in the...
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    Re: Buzzing Single Open E String

    Agreed. Sometimes a little bit of polishing cloth gets stuck on the string and finds itself in the nut slot. Loosen and lift the strings out of the nut and use something like a sharpened toothpick to...
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    Re: Good idea / Bad idea ?? Suede back

    Andrew, You may be right on the money with both points. My primary experience is with guitars. I immediately dislike any guitar that doesn't sit right when I'm playing sitting down or standing up. I...
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    Re: Improve playability on budget mandolin

    Its a sweetheart looking mandolin. I've never addressed a neckjoint on this style of instrument so I can't comment. The strings are quite high. Lowering the bridge more is eventually going to cause...
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    Re: Good idea / Bad idea ?? Suede back

    Markus, Exactly the kind of comments I'm looking for. Yes, I have observed a tonal change with some instruments when the back is open compared to the back being held against something. One of my...
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    Good idea / Bad idea ?? Suede back

    Mostly addressed to those who play mandolin instruments live. I've encountered a number of vintage guitars and basses from the 60s and 70s that had a padded back. The idea didn't really catch on but...
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    Re: Improve playability on budget mandolin

    Fretbear has a valid point which leads to another approach. Excessive relief can occur for reasons that are not obvious. I recently had an old guitar on the bench with what appeared to be excessive...
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    Traditional Bridge w/ piezo

    Does anyone here build their own traditional style adjustable bridge and incorporate a piezo pickup? This would be a Gibson style bridge.

    I get into this tedious type of experimenting but have yet...
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    I have a modeling amp. The firmware and user interface is primarily focused at selecting different models of historic amplifiers which I find totally useless. I have no need to emulate a 1959 Bassman...
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    Re: Goldtone Long Scale Mando-Guitar

    Its common that a Chinese or other overseas instrument factory builds a design and labels it with multiple different brands with only the headstock shape or hardware being different. The quality of...
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    Re: Improve playability on budget mandolin

    I often write-off an instrument too soon and I'm working to change my ways. But sometimes an instrument is just done and deserves to be wall art. Learning to play any instrument is hard enough...
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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    Your user name cracks me up -- awesome!
    None of this is rocket surgery. This sounds like an awesome adventure. Yup, the price you paid is tuition. Can't wait until you get the mandolin and we see...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    I totally agree. The buggling you mention is the best teacher and the more bungling you do, the better luthier you'll become. Its a never ending learning process. Being critical of yourself inspires...
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    Looking forward to seeing more progress. I very much like the idea of a nylon strung tenor. I'm on the lookout for a perspective guitar to modify myself.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Puttin' on my bifocals, this type of post is the kind of post that I look forward to. The exploration of building something out of the ordinary, the nay-sayers who are sometimes grumpy too. Its great...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    In the shop where I've worked for a very long time, about half of the instruments hanging on the wall require seasonal adjustment. It happens twice every year. The other half don't seem bothered. Its...
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    Re: Eastwood Airline solid electric mandola

    18 inches is a shortish scale for an octave. I've done a lot of experimentation with electric short scales on guitars and basses. Every instrument is different. In the end, there are no firm rules...
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    Re: Eastwood Airline solid electric mandola

    That looks like fun and a very cool instrument.
    Here's my spin on the string gauges. Your 18" scale length is very close to a guitar at the 5th fret which by coincidence is an A.
    I base this on...
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    Re: Goldtone Long Scale Mando-Guitar

    ...and then I posted my off topic 2 cents as a reply to the wrong thread. Oops
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