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    Re: Stahl Mandolin

    Yes, I agree. The only reason I was waffling on the builder is that Jake Wildwood had restored a very similar instrument in 2012 and was calling it a Larson. The only difference was a slightly...
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    Stahl Mandolin

    Hi folks, A client asked me to inspect a Stahl Mandolin he recently purchased and had drop shipped to me from the seller. I've researched Stahl instruments in the past and know that many but not all...
  3. Thread: An F2 repair

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    Re: An F2 repair

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking into doing a carbon fibre rod repair myself soon so it's great see yours!
  4. Re: Beginner Lessons in Western Suburbs of Chicago, IL

    Check into the Folklore Center in Naperville: https://folk-lorecenter.com/lessons.html, Donna Benkert dona@folk-lorecenter.com.

    Great folks there! They don't specifically list mandolin in their...
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    Re: Help please!!!! Messed up pretty bad

    Take a very small drill bit and drill a hole at the upper and lower sections of your fingerboard (but not in any overhanding area). Go through the fingerboard into the neck just a bit (don't drill...
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    Re: Help please!!!! Messed up pretty bad

    OK, first thing, take a deep breath. It's nasty (very!), but repairable. And, if you want to be a garage luthier, here's your chance. First of all, figure out how to disassemble what's left and...
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    Re: Restoring a Kay "Lyre" Guitar

    I've had very little traffic here, so I decided to go ahead and move forward and just see what would happen. As I mentioned in my last post, I was able to get the treble side glued back in place...
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    Re: Restoring a Kay "Lyre" Guitar

    Hi Greg,

    Yes, I just couldn't bring myself to just shim it. I went ahead and experimented with the treble side... the lesser separated of the 2. It was a delicate thing to get it closed, but...
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    Re: Resting a Kay "Lyre" Guitar

    And the thread title should have read "Restoring a Kay "Lyre" Guitar!
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    Restoring a Kay "Lyre" Guitar

    I 've seen these Kay "cut out" guitars for years and just got this one to restore.

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    I has several serious issues, back coming off, missing a top brace, neck and heel blocks loos, needed...
  11. Re: 1964 Guild 1964 F-30 Special Brazilian Rosewood

    Thanks very much for looking, Dale and John. Very much appreciated! I'm still on the fence about this one... We'll see. I'm thinking I might be able to pull this off, but I'm just not sure and I'd...
  12. Re: 1964 Guild 1964 F-30 Special Brazilian Rosewood

    This is both sobering and encouraging. Much like Jonathan, I'll be making significantly less than going rate for my work, but I'm tempted to try... if I think I can pull it off!

    I really...
  13. Re: 1964 Guild 1964 F-30 Special Brazilian Rosewood

    Dale, you didn't work on this one, did you? Owner is from Macomb, IL but it was his father's as I recall and was out his hands for sometime.
  14. 1964 Guild 1964 F-30 Special Brazilian Rosewood

    Hi Friends,

    I've been working on the restoration of a 1964 Guild F-30 Special Brazilian Rosewood Guitar for a friend of mine. This is a rare bird, one of the few made with Brazilian Rosewood. It...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    Thanks very much for the conversation. It's not my goal to hijack this thread so I'll stop posting on the F-2. I've been pondering whether or not I needed to exactly what HoGo and rcc56 suggested...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    I have a similar issue with an early three point Gibson F 2. The headstock was broken off, but the wooden strip in the head itself, is rotted out and is in much worse shape than yours. My...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    This is my first video posting so hope I got it right. Recorded with a large diaphragm condenser mic about 3 feet away from the mandolin, head high.


    https://youtu.be/aFcMPp6vuTU
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    Well, the results are in and they are good!

    I let everything set and dry while I ordered a set of special light strings for a bowl back as suggested in another post. They never arrived and when...
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    Re: Mildewed Instruments

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    Re: Mildewed Instruments

    Great comments! Thanks very much. So far, all I have done is wipe them and their cases down with warm water to remove surface mildew. For the Melody Maker, that made a big difference. For the...
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    Mildewed Instruments

    I recently had the opportunity to purchase two heavily damaged, but high quality instruments that had been left in a wet basement for many years. The result was moisture damage and extreme mildew. ...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolinetto neck joint.

    This looks like the butt joints that I have seen an a number of early Bruno guitars. It was just held together from the glue tension on the large surface areas. Since the guitar was originally...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    After much though and careful observation, here's what I ended up doing. The wood was indeed so thin that I determined that I couldn't effectively carve anything out. The only effective way to...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    Excellent conversation! Thanks very much for your insights. I agree that drilling for dowels won't work here. I've been studying the joint (measure 3 times, cut once!) and there simply isn't...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    That's a pretty good looking repair! You might be ablate get away with a amber top or a very light burst.
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