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    Re: Road Trip

    Spoken like a true Meyer-Briggs Perceiver. A Judge goes the other way.

    I'm another P — happy browsing, reluctant buying: Judging/Perceiving
  2. Re: 3 Favorite Mandolin CDs (not by Bill, David, Ricky, Sam & Chr

    Rich Del Grosso: Get Your Nose Outta My Bizness! (blues)

    The Seldom Scene: Live at the Cellar Door (bluegrass)

    The Waterboys: Fisherman's Blues (Celtic rock)

    And for bonus points, here's an...
  3. Re: A body, spruce top, mahogany b&s, round sound hole

    I don't know the model. Assuming it's all solid wood, it would certainly be good for Celtic and blues and folk in general. You're right, the bluegrass club would eighty-six you in perpetuity.

    You...
  4. Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    PS -

    I didn't actually answer your question, did I?

    Yes, my mando and guitars look distressed. (But the mando looks a lot better than when I got it.) Note to relickers: Anyone who thinks I...
  5. Re: Don't Lament -- "The One That Got Away"

    Depends on the instrument. I'm on my fourth mando. The first was a $50 plywood Fender with a magnetic pickup. Don't miss it. The second was a spruce and rosewood Mid-Missouri. Didn't realize at the...
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    Re: Feedback on a magnetic pickup

    I haven't found that hollowbody instruments "feed back no matter what." They're a lot more finicky than solid-body instruments, but they don't usually feed back.

    If you avoid having a speaker...
  7. Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    PS - My style is more distressed playing on a regular mandolin.
  8. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Way to go, Falconer! You're well on your way.
  9. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    When you can break a banjo neck in one chop you earn a black mando strap.
  10. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Yup!

    That's what I meant when I said that people who enjoy woodshedding improve and people who don't don't. If it ain't fun, it ain't happening.
  11. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Where I come from, it's fish or cut bait.
  12. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Wow! Someone read one of my posts!

    I'm sure you'll enjoy it. My wife and I both did. Good writing, lots of info, lots of insights.
  13. Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    For looks, it's relicking. For function, it's modding. Sounds like you swing both ways.
  14. Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Me three.
  15. Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    Tone? I don't think about it. I found a mando that sounds the way I want one to sound. I do my best with it and let the tone fend for itself.

    I have a mando, acoustic guitars, and solid-body...
  16. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    1: People who love woodshedding improve. Those who don't don't. It's a simple as that.

    2: There must be a reason why you don't turn off your phone and computer, but you havent said what it is. If...
  17. Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Personally, I relic my instruments fast enough without an assist. But folks who play Stratocasters and Telecasters love 'em for some reason.

    The paint wears off over time, which means a lot of...
  18. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    Yes, I thought about that. Lots of signature instruments have a "signature" inlaid, say, on the fretboard. I don't want that. On a guitar, the headstock plate is a option, but mandos don't have...
  19. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    GREAT QUESTION!

    My oval A covers most of my waterfront. So this'll have to be something highly different.

    So I'm thinking, a Harmony-style batwing resonator with:

    - spalted maple top.
    -...
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    Re: Just changed up my strap

    When I had a raised fingerboard, I did it your way. Now I don't. I got a strap button for the neck heel.

    I do the same thing with guitars. Mandos and guitars feel more balanced to me when the...
  21. Re: Impact of String Gauge on Tremolo

    Not a pro or luthier, but I think you'll find that string gauge mainly affects the sound and left-hand speed and comfort. For tremolo, you'll find more payoff if you experiment with different picks....
  22. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    I remember when Martin stopped took away its lifetime guarantees for original owners who used heavy strings — a big blow to bluegrass but a lifesaver for those guitars.
  23. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    I've only used lights on mandolin.

    On steel-string guitar, which I've played for a long time, lighter strings have more twang, and heavier strings have more volume.

    Someone here with more...
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    I don't know how helpful this will, but guitar chords are mando chords upside down. If you ignore the two highest-pitched guitar strings and just look at the four lower wound strings, you'll see, for...
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    There! Simple, right?
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