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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Those are all amazing wood and skill of artistry. Your buddy has it going on in a big way.
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Beautiful Steve!
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    Then thereís Miss Yellowbell. I bought her new back in 2006 at Janet Daivis Music. I couldnít sleep after trying her out and it wasnít because of looks, it was raw unbridled power and lightening...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    Looking at the photos I’m reminded to mention Doug at Hill Country Stringwork’s great Claro Walnut armrest matching our DIY pickguard.
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    190832 190833
    This is our first born, aka #1. Built with Chrisís solid Arches CNC foundation on our kitchen table.
    Romanian Carpathian Spruce topped with Oregon Claro Walnut stump salvage back and...
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    Re: Shading a spruce top

    Thank’s John. Harder use for sure on floor scratches but oil was introduced into those F5 builds along with dark edged bursts. My 1913 A4’s finish is night and day different from what they were...
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    Re: Shading a spruce top

    Iím curious if this is what twenties Gibson team did as well? Reading Mr. Gilchrist tutorial on finishes he offers, it sounds like he might be staining the wood not surface coating the color. If...
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    Re: Shading a spruce top

    I need adult supervision in my least favorite part of our work. I’m trying to figure out how to add some kind of oil protection to my clear blonde varnish without changing its transparency. I’m...
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    Re: inlay design

    Jacob I really like the bees spreading pollen on your flowers and leaves. This one can be for your top of your line builds. Great design.
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    Re: Douglas fir

    I love the way local questions in so many areas of interest are answered from our diverse community scattered across the globe. I can’t thank all of you enough for being who you are and what you...
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    Re: Bluegrass/Old Time in New Orleans?

    There you go. We moved north after Katrina flooded our home but we still remember the many fun times visiting Abita Springs concerts and talents.. They used to call it roots music. In reality it...
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    Re: F-Style vs A-style ergonomics...

    an instruments response and balance compared to modern builds.
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    Re: F-Style vs A-style ergonomics...

    Beautiful but heavy headstock design was what sold way back then and now. In my eyes there is a fine line between just right and too much when it comes to instrument decorative design and bling.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    John, great looking guitars. Your bench work rocks again as always. Your so much went wrong story sounds like most of what Iíve learned. I call it working out the bugs in my process.
    I just...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Hi Spencer. Did you try using an infrared heat lamp to drop your relative humidity while fretting. Wood swells up with higher humidity and makes the frets resist easily sliding down into the slot. ...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    These Loar Era F4’s are every bit as much a treasure to me as any F5. You can make an F5 with less fundamental midsection but you will always have more of the percussive staccato tone compared to...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I like it. The Feline model purrs!
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Nice ingenuity Spenser. Be careful with it though, even with your smallish drive motor. With a open roller clothing or worse hair can suck you into it. If you cover it you still have kickback...
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    Re: Siminoff H4 Mandola Drawings

    I took time to dig thru my paperwork and locate these plans. They show the headblock shape with a dovetail along with the points and tailblock from above only in a supplemental sheet on the...
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    Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    Are those dark marks near the lower treble point knots? There’s too much going on with that plate to go with it without a closer hands on look. I wouldn’t commit on the sale until you’ve had a...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    James are you using cold rolled titanium?
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Backside beauty. Do the lighting holes just look way cool or is the reduced wt. to balance an instrument longitudinally?
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Larry, nice router fixture. I sent my first mandolin build wood to Chris Baird AKA Arches Music Co. for CNC cutting, build fixture and headstock veneer with vase shell inlay. Chris did an amazing...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Great Ideas Graham. I really like your headstocks and reworked guitar shape/aperture location. Can I suggest using a magnet with a wooden laminate cap for a flush fit bolt hole cover on your neck. ...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Thank you Matt. I used some of Mr. Heidens special sauce on that F5. I plan to copy my 23 F4 for the most part on these next two builds. I considered giving hobby luthiery up because of the fine...
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