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    Re: Fret level after 10 months

    [QUOTE=Br1ck;1729941]I would say that after basic setup skills are acquired, fret work is the next thing to learn. Either start with your least expensive instrument or go buy a beater. I had multiple...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I'm with Tom on this one, it looks like you need the whole first octave, not 7 or 8. You don't mention how many years of use that wear represents, but as much as you're using this instrument, you...
  3. Re: How much hydraulic fluid do these pedals take?!?

    I'd say with that tonedexter you should have all the juice you need. Looks like a great setting for bluegrassin, pick up a storm!
  4. Re: man I need a good tuner foot pedal model. not clip on

    The original poster was seeking input from other members based on their experience with pedal tuners, not a real commonly used item among mandolin players (and mandolins are tougher to tune than...
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    Re: I need a mandolin stand for stage use.

    If you sit to play, something small and light like this will work:...
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    Re: Strap attachment - A style, no body button

    The method outlined in Gary's post above sounds like the way to go if you don't want a strap going under the fretboard extension. As a luthier, I have built all of my mandos and actually drill an 1/8...
  7. Thread: Beware EVOs

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I have EVO gold wire on an electric (medium jumbo 0.102" wide), a flattop (0.090" wide), and two mando's (medium 0.080" wide). I also have an oval hole archtop mando (my first build) with the...
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    Re: Side bending. Is this worth saving?

    Now we know why traditional sunbursts are dark in the waist and around the neck joint. I agree with others that the crack is workable. On the next one, use a backing strap as suggested on the tight...
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    Re: Best suited cast tailpiece

    Mike summed your options beautifully in post #2. I, too, tired of wrestling with stamped metal tail pieces and put an Allen on one of my mando's. The Allen is rock solid, looks nice and feels nice...
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    Re: Waverly tuner bushing reliability

    re: nylon bushings. I put a set of German Rubners on my mandolin and they have thin nylon washers between the worm gears and the frame part of the machine. It makes for very smooth tuning. Gotoh also...
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    I also use alcohol-base stains but cut my base with up to 50% flow enhancer. I find this gives me more working time and makes it easier to blend the intersection of colors. It still dries quickly...
  12. Re: Varnish finish vs lacquer - durability question

    I've seen plenty of lacquer instruments with finish worn away by pinky planting and pick wear so it won't withstand pinky planting a whole lot better. Varnish can mean a lot of things but the...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    Build #5, nicknamed "Jurassic Park"177802
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    Re: 2 way truss rod for a mandola

    Not sure what you mean by "the nut". The flat bar stock part faces up towards the fingerboard, often with a shallow filler strip glued in over the top. I think a 2-way truss rod is a good idea. I've...
  15. Re: Replacing the Tailpiece on my Flatiron (would like original)

    What a gorgeous mandolin! It looks to be in excellent condition and I bet it sounds terrific too! If you want to stay traditional, then I would go with a higher quality stamped stainless version like...
  16. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    another vote for the TC unitune. Very bright and the two colors make it obvious when you've hit the pitch. Also extremely accurate, when you tune each string in a pair, they are actually in tune with...
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    Re: Non-mandolin question (electric guitar)

    One of the simplest would be the telecaster style. It's a simple slab body with a neck held on with screws. Routing templates for the body outline and cavities are readily available as are all the...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    Another vote for TC unitune/polytune. They're very quick to nail the pitch, no waiting several seconds for the tuner to decide what the pitch is. Also very accurate, even in standard mode. When I...
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    Re: safe removal of inlay to be routed

    The razor was a good choice, who wants to crack or break a piece of pearl? I would use a very thin pallet knife heated in hot water.
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    Re: Shop organization, layout suggestions

    In your space, having everything on large, high quality casters will be a life saver as you really do need to put the car in the drive and move tools around for the operation at hand.
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    Re: Sunscreen and mandolin finishes

    Down here in Florida where UV rays and skin cancer are serious business, we're partial to Columbia long-sleeved fishing shirts. They're unbelievably light, vented, and don't hold sweat like cotton....
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    Re: Not mine.....is this bad?

    The straightness of the crack looks like it was likely a laminated neck instead of a one-piece. I wouldn't gamble on it.
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    Re: Northfield Nick

    An experienced luthier can make that almost invisible. You'll always know it's there, but 95% of people looking at it will never see it.
  24. Thread: A plans,

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    Re: A plans,

    I've done exactly this using a blueprint by Bill Halsey from back in the revamping of Gibson days. It does produce a hybrid compared to the older traditional A's, less of a gourd neck shape up around...
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    Re: Why use a heel cap?

    That area of the neck is under an extreme amount of tension. Extending the back over the heel locks it in solidly and negates the possibility of that part of neck joint opening up at all in the...
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