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    Re: Go Bar question?

    I just took a guitar top out of my go bar deck. It's as Dale says, very efficient for guitar bracing. I also use it for mandolin bracing, but I put the arched top in a cradle with dense upholstery...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Slipping the block is OK for fiddles because of the top and back plate overhang. When done to guitars it very often results in eventual side cracks.
    The head block is released from the back along...
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    Re: Likely finish on '30s Chicago mandolin?

    Around 1925 the instrument industry changed over from varnishes to lacquer, so I would suspect your finish might be lacquer.
    Take the tuners off and put a small drop of lacquer thinner on the finish...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    Generally costs about the same as guitar frets. Unless the bridge is damaged there's usually no reason to replace it, but the nut is almost always too low after a re-fret so it usually has to be...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    No loss of value from a re-fret. Frets are subject to wear and thus periodic replacement is expected. Because of that, the size of the replacement wire makes no difference; it can always be...
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    Couple of things:

    So far I've been able to use quartered ebony fingerboards almost all of the time and I like the extra bit of stability at the fingerboard joint when the neck surface is vertical...
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    The wood is most likely suitable if the white wood area is big enough.
    Even if it is not thick enough there is the option of a multi-piece neck. I'm not a fan of laminating curly maple for...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    If it is AR glue (Titebond et al) or PVA glue (ELmers et al) white vinegar will slowly dissolve it. (I suppose any color vinegar will work, but when you read about it they always say to use 'white'...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    As my parents used to say, you'll probably have to "drill and blast" to get that block out.
    You can make a new block, use the old block, whatever, so obviously you don't have any use for the glued...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    When I've had the most difficulty has been trying to determine whether black, evenly colored ebony fingerboards are quartered or not. Sometimes no features of the wood can be found visually, and when...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    Having whittled and worked with wood and having sharpened tools since I was in about the 3rd grade (nearly 60 years! :disbelief: ), I can say that it is not easy to get a tool that sharp and make an...
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    Re: Minimum bench plane size

    Carving is similar, though mandolin makers, for the most part, have no qualms about using sandpaper for smoothing whereas some purist violin makers use scrapers exclusively.
    As for coloring and...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    My first guess was some-kinda rosewood, and that's about as close as I can pin it down from pictures. It doesn't look like EIR, it doesn't look like Brazilian, it doesn't look like Honduran, so......
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    Re: Cleaning crud on a 1930s mandolin

    IMO that is correct.
    Water is a polar solvent and will dissolve most things that get on old finishes. Detergent (or mild soap) makes water effectively dissolve some non-polar substances, naphtha is...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    How heavy is the wood? How stiff? What kind of 'tap tone'? What does it smell like?
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    The glue surfaces would have to be meticulously cleaned of old glue for hide glue to form a good bond, and that might not be easy to accomplish in this situation so I probably would not recommend...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    I usually use 3/8" by 1/8". It fits in a kerf from the table saw so installation is easy. I set them just under the 'board so I don't have to fit a cover stick.
    Usually, though somewhat dependent on...
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    Re: Minimum bench plane size

    I don't know how much experience you have with hand tools in general and planes in particular, but from your question I'll assume you are not an expert.
    As already stated, a #5 plane is plenty long...
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    A couple of possibilities here.
    A repair person can remove and re-glue the bridge for probably $100 or less, but there is a possibility of damage to the top from de-laminating during the process of...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    V, slightly rounded.
    The old Gibson necks were short and stout, made of mahogany and most had a triangular maple stiffener inset into the length of the neck. The black line on the back of the necks...
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    Re: Can of air

    I know folks who have been using "caned air" for years to clean dust off of instruments with no finish damage. I suppose I don't know how these chemicals interact with finishes, but the evidence I've...
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    Re: Can of air

    Keep your distance and it should be fine. It's not really air and it can make things really cold (bad for finishes) at close range.
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    I think (but could be wrong...) that the Gibson truss rod might predate the F5 model by a little bit. It came along at about the same time as the slimmer necks of the snake heads and F5s as well as...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    One is adjustable, one is not.
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    Re: Kentucky 2013 finish help

    There are solvents (notably "butyl cellosolve") that can be sprayed on checked lacquer to redissolve and amalgamate checks, left to cure and re-buffed, but as rcc56 says, the results are likely...
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