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    Re: Carbon Fiber rods

    Dragon Plate still has the best price for carbon fiber rods, but if you only need a little bit, that resource is great.
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    Re: Sweet Gum Wood

    Yep, if you read the linked thread about Sweet Gum, you'll see the guitar I built, back & sides, of Sweet Gum.
    I would say, if the wood is like mine was, it is "stripey pretty" and a exact drop-in...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Bluestown L-0 neck glued. Getting close!

    http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/storage/bluestown/L0%2012-30-16%20neck%20on.jpg
  4. Re: "The Brilliance of Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wo

    I would like to change the title of this thread to "The Brilliance of Stradivari Violin Might Rest with the maker, Antonio Stradivarius"

    Why is it so hard for the "world" to understand that the...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Hi, thanks for your kind words.
    It was just an experiment, because I can.
    The wood was a very old board that was salvage, tight grain and fairly heavy for Doug Fir. I left it about .130" on the...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    It "came out" awesome!
    http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/storage/12-7-16-o-size/o%20size%20finish%202.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1481157671585
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    Re: French Polishing for Dummies?

    Wouldn't you agree, in finishing, that there are several ways that seem to work for other builders?
    When trying a finish that others have used successfully, you can quickly find some reason to not...
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    Re: This mandolin is playable ?

    A little coil or two of beer-can aluminum will do the trick.
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    Re: Just like fire would.

    Oh, I spent plenty of time sorting through the lumber stack at Lowe's, picking out the piece of wood that I built this guitar of:
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    Re: anyone make ukes?

    Get an old uke, something disposable, and take it apart. You should be able to figure it out from that.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Well, just off the bench.

    http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/storage/a-new-dreadnaught/bw%20fin%204.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1438287238642

    And this one.
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  12. Re: The Amazing "I'm Looking Through You" Gibson

    Good on you!
    How else is your repair guy going to pay his boat note?
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    Re: Bald Cypress: Anyone Make a Top With It?

    Emmett, I will be your outlier and steer you away from Bald Cypress for top wood, unless you can source some old and hard wood. What you can get at the yards is going to be soft and not very...
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    Re: Eastman MD315 Repair Question

    You said "fellow luthiers", are you a luthier? Make some white-glue/filler mix with some matching wood dust and rub it into the binding gap. That is all.
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    Re: Luthier warranties when starting out

    If you are just starting out, the first guitars that you think are good enough to sell, it doesn't matter if you give a written warranty or not.
    What matters is, if you sell something, and it later...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    "Blowing Wheat" fret board design. For a Bluegrass guitar no doubt.

    http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/storage/post-images/blowing%20wheat%20fretboard.jpg
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    Re: Looking for Magnolia

    Yes Clark, here it is:

    http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/storage/red-gum/red%20gum%20fin%203.jpg

    http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/storage/red-gum/red%20gum%20fin%206.jpg
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Just finished. Size-1 Euro Spruce & Red Gum.

    http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/storage/red-gum/red%20gum%20fin%201.jpg
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    Re: Small tenor guitar tuners

    You can order direct from the Gotoh importer,
    http://www.japarts.ca/Gotoh/Gotoh-Products-UPT.asp
    they communicate well by email, and I'll bet they can answer your question with authority.
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    Jeff Midkiff "From the Blueridge"

    My wife & I attended the Symphony of Southeast Texas this evening and saw and heard Jeff Midkiff perform his "From the Blue Ridge" his Mandolin concerto in 3 parts.
    Our local symphony is never...
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    Re: New shellac based finish.

    A couple of years ago, U-Beaut Hard Shellac was introduced. It had some sort of chemical additives to toughen it.
    Now this Royal-Lac is introduced.
    I don't know how these 2 compare, but the U-Beaut...
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    Re: Polishing Plastic Pickguard

    I get my polish at Auto Zone.
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    Re: Polishing Plastic Pickguard

    I use McGuire's #7 or another of the white colored liquid polishes, and a soft cotton (T-shirt material) cloth.
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    Re: my new mandolin (need setup advice)

    JazzMelon,
    There is no way anyone here can diagnose what needs to be done for your mandolin by the sparse information you have given, and without having it in hand to see what is what. I can guess a...
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    Re: Wood: pores?

    Someone with great respect and credibility in the "instrument player" world, like you John, should start a rumor on the forums, that open pores allow the great sound and tone of the wood to pour...
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