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  1. Re: String recommendations for Gibson Snakehead A Junior

    The junior, while having the narrower neck of the Loar era mandolins, does not have a truss rod. I think you are right not using heavier strings. I like the GHS N250's for a slightly lighter string....
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    Re: Levin Aristocrat 2-Point, circa 1945

    I would be happy with that too, nice sounding mandolin.
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    Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    I would add Rubner tuners to that list to make it a trio.
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    Re: New picks and pick noise

    I was a BC pick user for many years, the last few years I prefer the Wegens. They are cheaper and sound better for me. I have primetone picks, and while they are good they are not as good sounding as...
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    Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    I expect to have to tune my mandolin often while I am playing it, so picking it up from sitting, tuning is a must.
  6. Thread: Newb's first day

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    Re: Newb's first day

    Lighter strings right away, at least until you get a good setup. If you have a capo put it on the first or second fret and tune the mandolin to standard, that will lessen the tension and should allow...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    I would use a longer drying time epoxy, it will be much stronger. I use 2 ton epoxy, there is better stuff out there, but this is available here.
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    Re: Kentucky case covering repair

    A hand hair dryer will heat the case faster than setting in the sun.
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    Re: String preferences for Gibson A2-Z?

    I like the GHS N250 or N270 pure nickel strings. I have the 250's on my '22 A2, and my Unicorn and the 270's on my Brentrup.
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    The bolts, if they are there, should be thru the bridge plate. I would remove the nut and add a fender washer to make a larger surface area to hold better. The bridge plate will hold it just fine....
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    Re: Modern case options for teens Gibson A models

    The 8851 has a neck cradle and is a half inch shorter in the body length because of this. It is also 10.5" wide instead of 10" for the 8853. Measure your mandolin and look at the specifications of...
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    Re: Hot k&k pickups and pickguards

    I would opt to have the pickguard installed without drilling into the side. You could drill where the kerfing is so you have more support, but may have some sound transference if the top is so hot....
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    The other option, since it is what it is, is to support the bridge with a couple of screws and washer/nut underneath on the bridge plate. I would take a thin feeler gauge and see how deep it is...
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    Re: Hot k&k pickups and pickguards

    You may not have gotten the treble p/u pushed flat to the top and that will make them sensitive. If is not flat it will make it easier to come off, but you will have to clean the area before...
  15. Re: Weber brekke bridge thumbwheel and nut adjustment ?

    Curious as to why you want to reduce the size of the adjuster. I could understand if you needed to lower the saddle and there was no room left, but you have plenty of room to lower your saddle.

    A...
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    I did that last year, it's not a bad job, but the fluid is very hard to get and really expensive.
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    I play a lot of outside gigs in hot humid weather, do I need marine grease?
  18. Re: Why are they're extra slots on the tailpiece(A and E strings)

    The strap was most likely a simple cord in that time frame. I still use a cord on a couple today. A mandolin is so light it doesn't need much more.
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    Re: tapstring vintage jack

    The tapastring jack is tapered like an endpin. You need to drill a smaller hole and ream it out with the correct tapered reamer as the tapastring.
  20. Re: Tear drop or pear-shaped A style--what's your preference?

    Well.....I'd say get one of each, play 'em a while and make the decision you like them both.
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    Re: Odd vintage Gibson electric

    Nice, the early one had the Charlie Christian pickup. Wished mine would have had one.
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    Re: Dual action truss rod install

    John, I think the lines represent length only and not position. Still the green rod is plenty long, and of course as John says it should be in the middle, but I think you know that.
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    Re: How Much Difference Do Speakers Make?

    A decade or so ago I took the cheap speakers off the computer and bought a better speaker. They weren't expensive, and only about 7 watts, but they still sound good when listening to music and they...
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    Re: Scooping the fingerboard and faux frets...

    I use maple laminate for faux frets. It is a perfect width for the fret tang, and is cheap.
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    Re: Odd vintage Gibson electric

    True, so it is probably made for the mandolin. Should finish coffee before I type.
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