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    Re: Wilson Mandolins updated website

    Or easier yet, just click on the link below my signature!
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    Re: Wilson Mandolins updated website

    Okay, lets try: http://www.wilsonmandolins.com/
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    Wilson Mandolins updated website

    I have sorely neglected my website for longer that I'd like to admit, but with the covid pandemic lockdown, an oppressive heat wave and the now the smoky California wildfires, I decided to use the...
  4. Doyle Lawson 40th Annual Festival Denton, NC

    Just heard from Doyle Lawson that his 40th annual Bluegrass festival in Denton, NC will proceed as scheduled September 24,26 and 27. Here is a l;ink to the festival flyer;...
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    I agree with John and Dale. For the scroll area you may wish to use the micromesh sticks that come in various grits and taper at the ends.
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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    I have built over a half dozen "Griffith Loar" copies and started initially with the Siminoff plans. I discovered early on that his peghead footprint wasn't true to the original snakehead pattern,...
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    Re: The Ol Pals Footprints in the Snow

    Well, it just could be one of life's little mysteries! But, there are some clues here: 1. it happened when they were young "her mother said she just stepped out" 2. no particular peril suspected "and...
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    Re: The Ol Pals Footprints in the Snow

    John, I thought Butch was playing his 23 Loar that day but I wasn't paying real close attention. He also plays his Stan Miller some but I'm not sure which one that was!
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    The Ol Pals Footprints in the Snow

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ol%27+pals++footprints+in+the+snow+youtube&view=detail&mid=1C92F2451B631F0E27CA1C92F2451B631F0E27CA&FORM=VIRE
    The Ol' Pals is a band I was able to assemble from...
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    I use the "Silver Wipes" by Connoisseurs that can be obtained at home interior stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond. They are soft, paper thin cloths treated with a mild cleanser and polish. Very simple...
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    Re: Michael A Lewis Mandolins

    And Michael will be celebrating his 75th trip around the sun a week from Wednesday, October 16. I know that well, since we were both born on the same day but about 150 miles apart and I have referred...
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    I also believe the H-5s to have come with shaped cases only. They are hard to come by but Gary Vessel found one on ebay a couple years ago. I had a fitted case custom made by Ameritage a few years...
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    Wilson Mandolins at Wintergrass.

    Brought two-point mandolin and mandola along with a dreadnaught guitar to Wintergrass. If you are attending the event stop by for a shake and howdy at the Music Caravan booth on the 1st floor.
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    Re: Andrew Mowry article

    Me too!
  15. Thread: Wilson TP-5 #24

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    Re: Wilson TP-5 #24

    Got the finish cured and buffed for the most part with a few pending touchups. Here are some shots of the front, back, and peghead. The abbreviated pick guard and the truss rod cover are out of...
  16. Thread: Wilson TP-5 #24

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    Wilson TP-5 #24

    Last coat of finish applied to #24, a 2-point that will be going with me to Wintergrass in a few weeks. This one has birdseye maple back, sides and neck and a WVA red spruce top. It was strung up in...
  17. Thread: Great 48

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    Re: Great 48

    I was the director of the event for a few years and remain on the committee as an advisor. It has gotten to be a huge Bluegrass jamming event held indoors at one of the area's biggest and nicest...
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    RIP Billy Ray Lathum

    I just learned from my friend, Leroy McNees an original member of the iconic west coast Bluegrass group, the Kentucky Colonels that his old band mate Billy Ray Lathum passed away this morning. Billy...
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    Re: Wilson Dreadnaught #2

    Here is a link demoing the guitar:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/yudenGW7HWKQZJc99
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    Re: Wilson Dreadnaught #2

    I thought should add some shots of the adjustable neck assembly prior to and after the glueup. The player can adjust the guitar's action when needed "on the fly" by removing the threaded strap button...
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    Re: Wilson Dreadnaught #2

    I'm adding a couple of shots that show the guitar after adding the pickguard and of the birdseye binding. This has a somewhat unusual neck joint. It's a bolt-on with a floating action adjustment bolt...
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    Re: Wilson Dreadnaught #2

    Really liking the sound of this one! Very loud and resonant and sounding a heck of a lot older than two days. I just fiddled with the action and have it pretty much dialed in with possible exception...
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    Re: Wilson Dreadnaught #2

    Got to give a shout out to John Preston of Old World Tonewood for supplying the really cool bear claw Carpathian top. This one may have been out of the same tree as my 1st Dreadnaught but the claw...
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    Wilson Dreadnaught #2

    After building 23 mandolin family instruments I was able to build my 1st Dreadnaught guitar last year and just followed up with #2 dred, stringing up for the 1st time this afternoon. This one has a...
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    This is my latest mando family build, Wilson WH-5 #23 mandola ready to be shipped tomorrow to a client in Georgia. This took a lot longer than I anticipated due to a lot of travelling last year and...
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