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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    Thanks for all the great feedback. I've found someone locally that I believe can fix the issue. @Ginridge, good luck on getting everything fixed with yours.

    I thought I would add a few...
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    A couple of new instruments

    An F style mandolin of Sitka and quilted big-leaf maple. Ebony fretboard and head overlay with the new Schaller tuners and an Allen tailpiece. The other is a 21" scale five course cittern for GDAea...
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    Re: Mildewed Instruments

    I recently used an ozone generator, to de-mildew several vintage cases. Seemed to work well. One needs to be able to isolate the generator, to avoid breathing the ozone.
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Nice to know: all my instruments are wet tuned.
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    Re: Mandolin recommendation for new player

    If you have no intention of playing bluegrass in a jam any time soon, you might consider a flattop mandolin. Alfons suggested a Mid-Missouri/Big Muddy (my first mandolin), and I have also owned a...
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    Another prototype

    A second prototype for a planned mandolin quartet of two mandolins, mandola and mandocello. The body of this one is a little larger than the first, around 6mm longer and wider as well as a little...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    A new octave mandolin, 22"/56cm scale with a 13"/33cm wide body. It is for a customer who bought a bouzouki 17 years ago and now wants an instrument a little smaller. It seems to have scaled down...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I don't post here much, but so many things went wrong and had to be overcome to complete this pair of parlor guitars that I felt like showing them to someone.
    A matched pair, one rosewood one...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    If you like the Gibson A's...you can get a Montana-built Flatiron A-style from the 80's or early 90's. Gibson couldn't compete with Flatiron, so they bought the company in 1987 or so, and ultimately...
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    New flat top mandolin

    Recently completed flat top mandolin. I call it a "classical flattop" because it has a body shape and size the same as a Lyon and Healy style C. Top is red Spruce, back and sides are Black Heart...
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    A new classical mandolin

    Just strung up this morning, a classical mandolin, for want of a better term. 13" scale, with a body inspired by a carved top Italian mandolin I found a photo of years ago. The soundboard is Sitka,...
  12. Thread: V joint question

    by HoGo
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    Re: V joint question

    That joint has big advantage that you can machine it precisely and consistently, but the strength fully relies on the glue only. The tapered dovetail (when correctly fitted) is self tightening and...
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    Re: V joint question

    Yet to hear of any Ellis neck joint failures. I used dovetails on my first 6 or so, then built jigs to do V-joints, Then went a step further a few years ago and had CNC templates made like Tom's with...
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    Thank you Scott and Dan!

    Hi Scott (and Dan), thanks for all your work in keeping this forum going and the effort the last few days must have been.
    I haven't been a member here for long but have been visiting for at least 10...
  15. Re: waterbase lacquer finish suggestions

    Well French polish is a very different look than waterbased finishes. Both can be good, just different.

    There is no real "waterbased lacquer", but there are waterbased or waterborne chemistries...
  16. A new A with mostly Australian timbers

    A new A style mandolin with a King Billy pine soundboard and Huon Pine back and sides. Both timbers from Tasmania. The neck is Australian Red Cedar with a 6x10mm carbonfiber bar embedded. The...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    All good stuff.

    One thing I will say - while building an instrument always includes an element of repair, repair is way harder - and in many ways a completely different skill set- than building a...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Not really.



    A little bit. I feel that I have some control over sound, but once materials are chosen there are limits.



    Yes, but density figures into that with about as much importance.
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    A new book on ukulele building

    An off topic moment, but I would crave your indulgence.The first copies of my new book on building ukuleles have arrived from the printers, but it is really only relevant for folks in Australia (and...
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    Re: Bass guitar stays quiet !!!

    Why can't we have a thread that says 'Banjo Stays Quiet'?
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    New case option

    My friend Geo showed up with his Gibson in this Pro Rock Gear case. Looked it up on Amazon and it's $79. Not even listed as a mandolin case, it's called a Folk and World music case.
    I like the way...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    IMO playing faster has mostly to do with relaxing and not straining. When you do that you have opposing muscle groups working against each other. Practice in short bursts with short relaxation in...
  23. Thread: Beware EVOs

    by j. condino
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I've seen the results described by the original post after a refret several times. Every one was due to piss poor fretwork rather than the choice of materials.

    I'll stick with evo for my personal...
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I don't understand how the frets would affect the tone when not fretted.
  25. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    This was addressed in the opening post.

    It's clear that a few dominating the conversation would benefit from reading more and talking less. If you just can't understand something, it's no one's...
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