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    I recently bought a lovely Big Muddy mandolin. It came with 3 non-adjustable bridges. Can I swap out an adjustable bridge? I get a lot of buzzing even with the higher bridge. (I am careful about not letting the wood get too dry, and have a couple of sponges in perforated plastic bags in the case during the cold months, so I don't think this is the issue). Thanks in advance!

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    I have one of those that also had some buzz. It had a few high frets. Check hat if you haven’t already. It took me a few tries to level them. Also, I made one of the 11 hole bridges from Red Murphy (murpheymethod.com), and the instrument has incredible volume and tone now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramparte View Post
    I have one of those that also had some buzz. It had a few high frets. Check hat if you haven’t already. It took me a few tries to level them. Also, I made one of the 11 hole bridges from Red Murphy (murpheymethod.com), and the instrument has incredible volume and tone now.
    Thanks very much! I don't have any skill in woodworking; it is a shame he doesn't sell them. What did you use to file down your frets? I'm not sure if this is the problem, but worth checking.

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    You may just want to contact Mike Dulak at Big Muddy. He’s very helpful and can probably walk you through a solution.
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    As of yesterday, I am the proud owner of a brand new Big Muddy MW-0. Wonderful little instrument. It's pretty quiet compared to my Collings, but it's perfect for solo fiddle tune playing. The action is nice and low. I did some playing up the neck, and I did find a couple of buzz spots at fret 10 and 11 on the G string. I don't want to raise the action - when it's played in a bit and needs new strings I will likely have a bit of fret leveling done.
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    I just found an inexpensive fret dressing kit. There’s a specific kind of file they use, plus a very straight bit of metal you use to rock against adjacent frets to see how level they are.

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    That’s great—where did you get it?

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