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  1. Thread: Blonde F-4

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    Re: Blonde F-4

    Here's a lesson learned that is tangential to this thread. Perhaps this is why blonde top Gibson ovals are kind of rare...
    If anyone asks you builders for a blonde top with a Gibson-style rosette,...
  2. Thread: Wood ID

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    Re: Wood ID

    In the 40s I would suspect Swietenia macrophylla, but it could be Swietenia mahagoni.

    I typed that before the pictures loaded so now I'm not so sure. The grain looks a little prominent to be one...
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    Re: Lower Neck Binding Chipping

    Finish problems are never unusual. When finishes are expertly applied to expertly prepared surfaces, there is a small chance that the finish will age well without some kind of problem showing up, but...
  4. Thread: Nut width..

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    Re: Nut width..

    Currently, 1 1/8" seems to be the closest thing there is to a standard because it seems to me to be the most common width used by most builders today. 1 3/16" comes in second. Nuts that are under 1...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    Maybe, but back to my drumming days again...
    We miced the drums with 57s because that's what we had. On those occasions when we played with a hired sound crew and they put Neumans on my drums, I...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    SM57s have been around for years but I think they are a little different now.
    Back in my days as a drummer in a top 40/country/rock band we did a sort of novelty thing where I got out the banjo and...
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    Re: Shop questions

    ...and that settles back down out of the air leaving a coat of dust on everything so there is still cleaning to do after the blower.
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    Re: H1 Mandola tailpiece

    They don't have to point the same direction either. You could cut the two slots in the direction of the neck on the other side of the opening. Then the slots don't have to be as long and no bending...
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    Re: Monteleone F5 -#4 - 'The Gibson'. 1970s

    Still alive and still building.
    Here is the contact page from his website. https://monteleone.net/Contact.php
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Those ball ends are helpful for situations where the wench cannot be aligned properly with the fastener, but they can be rougher on fasteners because there is less contact area, so things can wear...
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    Re: Shop questions

    That's the reason I don't work on upright bases. I had 2 of them in the shop at the same time several years ago and after I got them returned to their owners I have never let another one enter the...
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    Re: Shop questions

    If you can afford to maintain good temperature and relative humidity year-round, I don't think a shop can be too big.
    You don't want to have to walk a lot to get from station to station, but that is...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    That was actually several important questions and unless someone knows the answers for sure, an X-ray is about the only way to get a safe answer... and it was already getting too time consuming for a...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    It might be possible, regardless of whether the hex in inside or outside, to use a very well fitted "easy out" to back the nut out of there. Then a new one could possibly be used to get things...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    A good question for which I have no answer. I wasn't able to adjust this one either.
    196482
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    That is part of why I implicated the design along with the manufacture and QC. The pocked for the adjustment looks like it is in the vicinity of the string nut; the weakest part of the neck. There is...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    That's a thought, of course, and if not someone could happily play the mandolin without even knowing that it can't be adjusted, but the fact remains it should be adjustable if it is going to be...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    If that's an inaccessible hex nut adjustment buried down in there, that means that everything from design to manufacture to quality control was very poor on this model.
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    I don't think so but I can't really tell. If it is, it looks like it is completely inaccessible and thus of no use.
    Somebody here must have dealt with these things and hopefully will help out here.
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Keep trying Allen wrenches, including metric sizes.
    Common sizes that work on guitars are: 5mm (Martin etc.), 1/8" many other guitars, 9/64" (some diabolical truss rod designer's joke on repairmen...
  21. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    Can't possibly be...
  22. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I'm not sure which John the f-hole question is addressed to, but my answer is; no, there is nothing practical do do about it. It is not a problem though, other than "bug[ing] the crap out of [you]".
  23. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I first decided to build myself a banjo. I studied anything I could find to read about stringed instrument building and repair, I looked at instruments, good and bad, cheap and expensive, and tried...
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    Re: String Pair Out of Tune

    Changing the tuners was a waste of money and perhaps devalued the instrument. I suppose it benefits tuner manufacturers that so many people blame their tuning machines for set up-caused intonation...
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    Re: Intonation woes

    I have methods, but I wouldn't call them tips because they took a while to learn and can be dangerous to the instrument if done by someone inexperienced.
    My tip would be; take it to someone good at...
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