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    Default My New McClung Armrest!

    Doug really outdid himself this time I think. I wanted a McClung for my Breedlove, which is natural finish with black binding (Mandolin Store special model). Of course the ebony board, bridge, and black tailpiece add to the black and tan thing going on with that instrument. My new tailpiece is a flame maple/ebony lamination with black hardware. Check out how nicely the woods match! Looks like original equipment. Kudos to Doug on a job well done. NFI just a satisfied customer!

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    Default Re: My New McClung Armrest!

    Nice armrest: works really nicely with the rest of the mandolin.

    One thing I noticed in your pic: you seem to have the saddle adjusted really high on your mandolin. It looks like its way up there: I'm assuming you like a high action?

    I have a similar Breedlove and I had the saddle cranked all the way down, and it still wasn't low enough for me. I had to remove some wood from the underside of the saddle.

    Anyway. Just an observation.
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    Actually bagpipe the action is pretty low. I would get fret buzz if it were any lower. I have not changed the bridge height since I received it from The Mandolin Store. I guess it all depends on the neck angle. I don't know of any reason why yours should be different than mine but TMS did the set up and I have not messed with it. It seems good to me.
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    Very nice! It kinda does look like original equipment for that mandolin.

    Doug made me a similar one for my wife's black-face Pava, with the band of dyed wood to match the color of the sides of the mandolin. I love little details like this.

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    Default Re: My New McClung Armrest!

    just got my new McClung today too for my Girouard. I like the contrast of yours. The contrast of mine is a bit more subtle, but I think it looks great. Congrats on the new Arm Rest!

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    Default Re: My New McClung Armrest!

    I like my McClung armrest too! I haven't been able to work out whether the sound is much different, but it's definitely easier on my arm. I'm very grateful for this piece of equipment.

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    Really sweet!! Show us the rest of your baby.

    I have a McClung also, for my Collings MT. It is not a custom order, but I really like it. It helped me to feel more comfortable holding and playing mandolin. (I'm a guitarist, mainly.) Now I can't imagine owning a mandolin without an armrest.

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    As requested here are more pictures Front back and action (so you can see it is low even with the bridge up). seems right to me because of the neck angle. Even though it looks like the bridge is high there is plenty of room for it to go up more.
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    Doug's armrests make a big difference. Excellent work. NFI.

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    Default Re: My New McClung Armrest!

    Simple question - do these armrests help position your right hand for better picking efficiency?
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    Yes.
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    Here's a close-up of the rest on Jethro. Beautiful wood, beautiful work. The half-cover works wonders for protection against the sharp corner of the tailpiece cover. It is a pleasure to do business with Doug.
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    I just received 2 McClung armrests made of meaquite wood for my Gibson and my Kentucky KM. Doug also sent me a mesquite pick box. All 3 match and are very nice looking. The armrests are very comfortable and help with my picking. I highly recommend Doug's craftsmanship and products.

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    Doug's work is both pleasing to the eye and functional. I've got one on each of my mandolins.
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    Here is a picture of the one I asked Doug to do for me. I should have it later this week. It is just what I wanted! He does such great work.
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    Default Re: My New McClung Armrest!

    Have any of you had these scratch the mandolin or mar the finish. Especially the metal parts. Just wondering-I have no experience with them.

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    Michael,
    I have had my McClung rest on my Weber Yellowstone since the day I got it and I have not had any problems. The one thing I did was not to attach it very tight,. I was concerned it might affect the finish. so no problems I four years.

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