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    Re: Eastwood Mandolins

    I've had just about every 8 string import electric through my shop and the Eastman's were by far the better of the instruments for tone and best playing. No matter what you get, plan on spending...
  2. Re: Getting started with tenor, looking at an electric tenor

    I recently purchased a tenor guitar from GS Monroe off Etsy. He agreed to build one using material that I sent him which included red spruce top, ribbon mahogany, ebony and tortoise shell binding. ...
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    Re: Tailpiece help

    Thanks all. I'll look at putting a piece of ebony on like a violin. I didn't realize that is what that piece was called.
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    Tailpiece help

    I recently picked up a tenor guitar that has a violin style tailpiece and the cable is compressing the binding on the edge. I'm also having trouble keeping it in tune and concerned about it causing...
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    Re: Fender conversion neck

    I have the Fender Tele tenor neck programmed for my cnc if you would like to discuss please contact me outside of this thread. Don't want to break any of Scott's rules. :)
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    Re: Dual action truss rod install

    John,
    Obviously, I didn't explain it right. Its not that I'm putting rods off center in the neck. The two colored lines represent the length of the truss rod in comparison to the length of the...
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    Dual action truss rod install

    I am looking for help on installing a dual action truss rod on a 14.5" scale set neck in an electric mandolin. It joins at the body at the 15th fret then there is a 2" long pocket. I can't find any...
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    Re: Flight Pathfinder Tenor Uke as Mandola

    You should play around with an online string tension calculator to see what the tension would be. I suspect that it isn't going to be less with a 17" compared to a 23".
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    Strap button location

    Where are you putting your strap button on a two point mandolin? I'm thinking on the back/heel? I'm not sure that it would do well on or around the point.
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    I have been building a lot of 5 string instruments the last year or so. About 20% decide the 5 string isn't for them and revert to a four string. I tend to see a lot being used for jazz. None of...
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    Re: Headphone pre-amp suggestions

    I used to install these, along with an input jack for MP3 player, in electric mandolins. You could listen to yourself play as well as run backing tracks through it to play against. ...
  12. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    I've built two of these. Here is my bracing pattern. I really liked the H pattern which I stole from Graham McDonald. I also included a photo of the "basket case" that I took dimensions. It sat...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    Yeah, our bike dealer was out a couple weeks after our purchase. They are now paying big bucks for used bikes, refurbishing them and selling them. For what its worth, Steve Smith of Cumberland...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    For our family, we saw an increase in our savings as a result of being home bound. We just didn't spend any money going to shows, dinner etc. Our stimulus check went to new bicycles and hiking...
  15. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    These are fun instruments. The originals were very lightly built with birch and haven't aged well. I've built a couple based on hand drawings that I made on one that fell apart after going through a...
  16. Re: How Many Use Thickness Sanders vs Hand Tool Methods?

    That may be. My first one just wasn't up to production level work and it began to sag and required shimming the bottom mounting bolts to bring it square. The downside to them, in my opinion, is...
  17. Re: How Many Use Thickness Sanders vs Hand Tool Methods?

    I could not imagine not having a thickness sander. It has definitely increased my production as well as allowed me to add other stuff to my repertoire which I had been buying complete such as flat...
  18. Re: Beginner with new Gold Tone GME-5 questions

    Another way to achieve this, without removing the spring, is to compensate the nut.
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    As a builder, I don't expect it. I too have had a few people insist to overpay me for something but I could count that on one hand. As a tipper, I tend to only tip employees and not owners of...
  20. Re: Beginner with new Gold Tone GME-5 questions

    I commonly see 48's on the C string for a standard scale. Question is whether it is actually standard or not. Try a flatwound.
  21. Re: Beginner with new Gold Tone GME-5 questions

    No reason that you can't put the jack on the pickguard. Fairly simple procedure.
  22. Re: Looking to have some pearl inlay work done.

    Take it to a local trophy shop that has a laser. They can do it using a thin, plastic backed shell laminate. I've done a couple on my cnc but prefer the laser. Not a truss rod cover but an example...
  23. Re: Fender FM60E 5 string electric mando intonation...

    A couple options. Try one or several combinations of one. 1. Thinner string, focus on thinner core wire. 2. Replace with flatwounds. 2. Move the bridge back 1/4" which allows all the saddles to...
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    Re: First E-Mandolin build

    My bridges are 11mm on center for mandolins and increase to 12mm on center for tenor guitars. I think what Roger is suggesting as "wonky" is that the bridge base is off center, to the center line,...
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    Re: First E-Mandolin build

    Its looking good.
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