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    Re: Guitar Center

    In my town there are three non- chain stores and I try to take them my business. So if GC goes down it won’t hurt my feelings. They will still sell online through MF.
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    Re: Guitar Center

    Who can forget the famed First Quality Music article detailing a $460 million dollar debt load with only $20 million in sales over a few years? Read that article closely. It's an eye opener.
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    Re: Mildewed Instruments

    Mike: NO way do I want a dead guy's guitar that survived the accident in my shop! No! Nada! Not happenin'!!!!!!!!!!!! Nope! Nope! NOPE!!!!!


    I deal with ancient mold, mildew, and the funk of...
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    Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    Scott-

    Congratulations! You and the Mandolin Cafe team have created something really special, and valuable. I know I'm not alone in appreciating how much this means musically and socially. One of...
  5. A banjo album that deserves wider recognition

    I rarely get excited about an album of banjo instrumentals, but I make an exception for this one. This is music that deserves our collective attention. And remember, this comment is from a guy (me)...
  6. Thread: Guitar Center

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    Re: Guitar Center

    Any store that sells instruments that are not set up to play well is not helping a young musician starting out, unless they are helping them to not play music because their instrument plays so hard...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Yes. Use just tiny drop and move the button on the shaft a bit so the glue penetrates the gap and press it in and leave to dry for few minutes.
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    Re: Could a broken truss rod cause a buzz?

    Have you walked through Frank Ford's Buzz Diagnosis pages from Frank's www.frets.com?
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    RIP Billy Joe Shaver

    Died yesterday in Waco, Texas. He wrote practically everything on the Waylon Jennings seminal outlaws album, "Honky Tonk Heroes". A Texas singer songwriter, he was a gentle soul who lived a lot of...
  10. Thread: Billy Joe Shaver

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    Re: Billy Joe Shaver

    For anyone reading this who who may not know, Billy Joe Shaver died of a stroke yesterday, October 28.
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    Re: Billy Joe Shaver

    189499
    i dig Billy Joe, too. In fact, we do this song in our Bluegrass band. Good tune.
    He was not really on my radar until several years ago. A local music venue does an annual multi-day...
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    Re: Builder or Company

    Beyond my admitted bias toward supporting builders over factories (being a builder myself), if you have specific likes and dislikes such as "I like the more bulky neck with a flatter fret board", a...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    I've come across this on a guitar - nothing obviously loose or rattling on the tuner, but clearly just enough clearance at some critical spot to resonate at particular frequencies. Other than using a...
  14. Re: Looking for a Sweet Sounding Roundneck Resonator Guitar

    I had heard that Rickenbacker supplied those wood bodies and some other parts.

    Beauchamp helped develop the Dobro resonator guitar, and co-founded the National String Instrument Corporation with...
  15. Re: Looking for a Sweet Sounding Roundneck Resonator Guitar

    Well, to hijack this thread regarding resonators. There is a fund raiser raffle going on right now....for homeless teens in Duluth, Minn. Charlie Parr and Mule are raffling off his wood body Mule...
  16. Re: Man 'headed for death' says he was saved by this

    The offshoot of the school, Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company, is slowly trying to build enough inventory to supply some dealers who have orders placed. Eventually, when enough...
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    Re: Port Orford Cedar as a soundboard

    I built a #0 sized guitar a year ago with POC as soundboard and neck, a cutaway, body being a rosewood relative (forget the name at the moment). It's wonderful. I built it light, thinking it would be...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    That 40 for your D seems extremely heavy. I personally wound be worried about that much tension, both for the string and the instrument. I love to use this tension calculator and aim between 20 and...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Accident.

    I've been playing guitar since '68. About a dozen years ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to buy a mandolin.

    I said, "No."

    She said, "Fifty dollars."

    I said. "Deal!"
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Sorry man, chicks dig the banjo. Or at keast, that's what I told my kids when I went through a phase of playing my dad's songs on the banjo (had to be banjo because he wrote them on the banjo). And...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I picked one up and it was too late by the time I put it down, l
    a lot of cool stories here, Mandobart takes first prize for front porch Saturday evening jawing IMHO so far...
    I do recall many...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    After surviving a traumatic brain injury I needed therapy for memory and thought that a new hobby would be the key. Saw a friends friend playing a mandolin, talked with him, he gave me a couple a...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Yank Rachell
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    Re: Charity Shop Donation Help

    It's a neopolitan (Naples, Italy) mandolin from 1906. Maker is Giovanni de Meglio.

    My google skills are showing that these, in good condition, have sold recently for around $300 (and then down...
  25. Re: Building a higher-end replica Taylor GS-Mini guitar (NMC)

    I make a small guitar exactly as you describe. Same body size, same scale length, but slightly different body shape and wider fingerboard. I was not impressed with the few Taylor's I came across so...
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