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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    I've done several 13" scale mandolins with 80/40. They played well and looked fine.

    In some cases, I have installed maple strips in the extension past the 20th fret. That gives the owner a good...
  2. Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    I don't recognize the brand name, but it looks very similar to my first mandolin, which I bought new around 1980. These were very inexpensive student level mandolins. Mine cost about $40. I'm...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Many of us who do any kind of carpentry believe that silicon caulk or "RTV" should only be sold to people with a special license.
    I wish you the best of luck in getting all of the residue out of...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    I have never found the tiny original wire to be comfortable.
    As far as any potential buyers who might want to complain about non-original wire on a 1910's A, my attitude is let them buy one with...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Last year's extra-curricular project:

    De-lumberizing a 1960's Goya TS-4 12 string guitar. The so-called bridge plate was a piece of plywood 3 1/2" wide x 14" long by 3/8" thick.

    195458 ...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    If the glue on and around the braces is old hide glue, denatured alcohol might help. It can liquefy the glue or dehydrate it, making it easier to tool it out. If it's epoxy or plastic resin, it...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    I must have done 100 fret jobs on my kitchen counter. I was very happy when I moved to house with a basement with a concrete floor and a ceiling tall enough to stand under so I could set up a work...
  8. Thread: 61 F5 at Carters

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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    1961:

    Ted McCarty is Gibson's president. His interests are largely focused on furthering the development of the electric guitar. I don't know whether Julius Bellson, who was a mandolinist, was...
  9. Thread: GDGD tuning

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    Re: GDGD tuning

    A common tuning among some old-time fiddlers.
    It creates a series of drones that many people find attractive.

    Look up "old-time fiddle tunings" and "sawmill tuning," and you can find many tunes...
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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    Well, David Grisman is 76. His speed is bound to decrease, sooner or later. But his tone will remain as long as his hands work well enough to brew a cup of coffee in the morning.

    I'm going to...
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    Re: Cleaning crud on a 1930s mandolin

    This is the first I've heard of Simple Green. Test it on a small inconspicuous spot first. You can remove a tuner or tuner strip, or the tailpiece to provide a good test spot. Make sure it doesn't...
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Titebond Original would be a good choice for this job. You will still need to get the gluing surfaces as clean as possible.

    While I am a firm believer in hide glue, and use it for most of my...
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Like most of the other common repairs on fretted instruments, a good article on removing and re-glueing a guitar bridge can be found on Frank Ford's excellent website, www.frets.com. Go to the "Big...
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    Re: Any idea what make/model this is?

    The flange looks to me like the work of Bacon & Day, although I do not recognize the peghead shape. But that doesn't necessarily bother me. I don't remember seeing any B & D mandolin banjos, but I...
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    Re: Washburn M6SW Opinions (early 2000s)

    I'll mention this: My friendly neighborhood music store signed on as a Washburn dealer somewhere around 2015. After receiving 2 shipments from them, he immediately cancelled his dealership and...
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    It has been my experience that CA [super-glue] is highly unreliable for high stress wood joints. If I was going to do a quick-and-dirty bridge repair, I would use epoxy instead.

    If I was to do...
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    Re: Washburn M6SW Opinions (early 2000s)

    Quality control on Washburn instruments has been quite inconsistent over the past 20 years or so. Their instruments from the 80's and 90's were a bit better, but not necessarily great. If you're...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Salt Creek is in the A mixolydian mode [mostly]. That means that its tonic or "key" note is A, and that the scale it draws from is like the A Major scale except the seventh note of the scale is...
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    Re: Nice Looking F4 at Music Folk

    I will confirm that a pearl nut was standard on F-4's during the period in which this mandolin was built.
    I hope it turns out to your liking.
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    Re: Help ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    The new pictures helped. I can confirm that it is a plain Style A, built between 1918 and 1922. The finish appears to be original, the bridges are not.
    Most of the established vintage dealers...
  21. Re: John Hartford's First Band (Ozark Mountain Trio)

    Interesting recording. Sounds very close to the Stanley Brothers.
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    I generally take all the strings off the treble side first, replace them, then repeat with the bass side.
    I don't like to take all the strings off unless it's necessary to execute a repair.
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    Re: tapstring vintage jack

    A hole will have to be drilled in the tail to accept the block.
    This sounds easy, but actually it is not. Drilling the hole without damaging the mandolin requires certain techniques that we don't...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    That's another fight I won't go to, except to say very little at all. That is, if the frets are accurate, and there is no rise in the fingerboard after the body joint.
    If a mandolin is rattling...
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    Re: Nut Size on an Octave Mandolin

    The nut on my old Octofone is 1 3/8" wide. I wouldn't want it significantly narrower, and I don't have large hands. There may be other folks who would be comfortable with a narrow nut, though.
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