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    Re: EVO Gold fret wire

    Hey, dmac, it's been five years. How did they wear?
  2. Re: Swedish Christmas Youtubes. Moller, Tallroth etc.

    This one has Roger Tallroth playing bouzouki
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYW9oH6eqyg
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    Re: Why is it nearly impossible to copy Loar?

    In many cases, yes.

    Take JR's--a famously good-sounding example made from two different trees, one half being about 20 degrees off quarter...
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    You couldn't give that wood away...
  4. Re: Tailpiece needs repair - suggestions appreciated

    I would use a punch on the back side and widen the post, that is how it was put in there in the first place.
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    Re: Why is it nearly impossible to copy Loar?

    Yeah, but the price points aren't quite right.....yet.
    A copy of a 20-25K mandolin--if it's any good--is probably worth 20K, right?... ;)
    I guess that a modern maker who gets 8-10K for an F5...
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    Re: Washburn L&H Style C No. 2181 Mandolin

    The photo Paul linked to is so cool that it should be posted here for posteriority.

    Mick

    Briefly tried to track down the Ault delivery van...looks like a Chevy logo behind the short sax player...
  7. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    I just listened to the Pet Sounds box set on a road trip, and that Gibson octave 12-string is everywhere, and not just "WIBN"...
    It's pretty distinctive, especially after getting very familiar with...
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    Re: Interesting early Gibson factory photo

    No need. The answer is in the photo you posted on April 17. It appears to have been taken in the dry kiln room built on to the back of the original factory in 1918. This is a single story addition...
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    Re: Teens Gibson Finish?

    Without having it in hand, I presume the finish is thicker on top and/or it had different exposure - e.g., hanging on the wall. I've long held that the finish is more likely to be thicker on the...
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    Why The Call It "Bigleaf Maple"...

    This is not even the biggest one I've seen...
    Lots of biomass in these leaves...

    https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8418/30291149836_830f27693d_z.jpg
  11. Re: Would A New Fretboard Fix Intonation Issues?

    While poor fret spacing would cause this, it is unlikely the problem. More likely is that it is a setup issue.

    The way to narrow this down is to figure out where it is flat or sharp.

    Also, how...
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    Re: Ditson Bowlback Bridge

    Wait a minute! You shouldn't be resting your palm on the bridge anyway, should you? I just took out two mandolins, one bowlbacks and one archtop and I can't even see how you can play resting your...
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    Re: Round mandolins

    Look at the carved bat mandolin linked to in her other post. There is French writing and a dated label on that one. Looks kind of the same. That one was created for a gathering of the French colonies...
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    Re: Mandocello Measurements

    Thank you, Bernie. It was built by Joe Mendel. A great guy and a great luthier. I have a video of it with eight strings somewhere. I'll post when I find it. I don't know the lower bout dimensions,...
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    Re: Mandocello Measurements

    It's my first time visiting the builders forum in a long time, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this thread at the top of the list. I've been playing the 27" scale mandocello for several years...
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    Re: How to remove unidentified old glue

    That's what I run into in my repair business. Often the guitar is a $100-500 guitar and not worth putting more than $100 into the repair. I try to give the client options, such as, I can fix the...
  17. Re: "Bear Claw" spruce vs good straight grained spruce

    I felt compelled to post this picture of Spruce with Hazel. Carry on.
  18. Re: Better alternatives to Duco Cement...looking fopr new suggest

    http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee22/e_stamp/Make-a-big-bowl-of-popcorn_zpstj582gty.jpg
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    Re: Neutralising Vinegar?

    Vinegar and Lemon Juice are both acids. You can't neutralize an acid with an acid.
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    Re: Pine For Bracing?

    Just FYI, "Alaskan spruce" = "Sitka spruce"...
    Yeah, there's some Black spruce growing in AK, but I'm sure we're not dealing with that species...

    And don't even get me going on all those numbers,...
  21. Re: 1920 Gibson A Tailpiece repair or replacement

    There is a very effective repair technique for these tailpieces. This thread is about a different style of tailpiece, but the repair outlined by Paul Hostetter is basically the same....
  22. Re: Is this Lloyd Loar's handwriting on this Gibson label?

    I believe the handwriting on the Gibson guarantee labels from 1920 is that of Jimmy Johnstone, head of the Stringing Department.

    Joe
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    Re: Finger plane designs - prototypes etc.

    Personally, I don't like the wooden sole idea. These things make a lot of trips over the wood to do their work, and they wear. The Ibex planes I have are bronze (not brass), the the one I use the...
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    Re: Glue for Nut and extension of fret board

    The nut should be glued lightly to the end of the fingerboard only. A couple of small dabs of Titebond, Elmers, superglue, anything like that as long as it is a small amount. Don't glue the bottom...
  25. Re: pick up for a 1921 gibson a style oval hole

    The missing headstock logo isn't really missing unless there is a routed void on the headstock where it was, it probably was never there. It didn't appear on all Gibson instruments. Lots of people...
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