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    Re: Kala and Ibanez

    No. Both the Harmony and Kala were tuned in 5ths and both worked because of their respective string gauges. The Kala just felt like a toy in comparison.

    I guess if I'm suggesting anything it is...
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    Re: Gibson doubleneck

    I do like that Gibson mando/6 string. Would be great to have them take a run at improving the design with modern pickup tech.

    I like doubles and confess to owning one. It's like a swiss-army-knife...
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    Re: HB Tenor Guitar

    I understand what you're saying. Most traditional Martin, Gibson and other tenors were 6-stringers with a tenor neck slapped on and tend to sound meh. Makers had to move the bridge forward to lesson...
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    I've gone to the dark side

    This basically new Alabama tenor banjo followed me home today. I know nothing about banjos but it does look to be very well built with a Remo head. Tuning machines are serviceable and a quick tweak...
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    The Reverb listing says you can reach out to him/her. Since this is a small builder I'd be included to send an email asking for things like a 21" scale, 2 pickups and more controls. Those are really...
  6. And now for something completely different

    Ran across this on Reverb (NFI). It's different but I like it. I appreciate builders that go outside the box with their designs and this certainly does that. What do you folks think?

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  7. Re: Ibanez AVT1NT Artwoods Series Tenor Guitar

    Those are nice. Enjoy.

    I think they should have done these as 12 frets to the body, not 14. That would move the bridge into the middle of the body which should yield a fuller, louder tone.
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    Re: Mini Jazzmaster HH

    I'd leave the neck but do a new nut and bridge for a 5-string tenor. I like wide spacing anyway.

    It's not far from a tenor Jaguar and I like the colors.
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    Re: Metal Mandolins

    I had a Republic Mandolian, which I believe uses the same body as the Recording King and Johnson. The key difference is the Republic has an adjustable truss rod, the others don't so warping and...
  10. WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    Okay, now I've seen everything (so far).

    Musician's Friends "Stupid Deal of the Day" is for a cheap Rogue mandolin. That's nothing special, but this is the first time I've seen a warning for a...
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    Re: Recording King ROST-7-TS - part 1

    FWIW I've setup tons of guitars and mandolins and it has always been a back and forth. It takes time for everything to settle in so expect to keep adjusting for 6-9 months - longer if you live in a...
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    Mini Guitar kits

    Got an email today about StewMac's new Mini LP-style guitar. They also have Mini Strats and Teles.

    Specs say they are 16.3" scale, which puts them in the Mandola range. I am able to tune my Les...
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    Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    It's designed for Chicago tuning, which is E standard minus the lower 2 strings, so it shouldn't be too hard to transition. You can tune it in 5ths but the fret marker is in the wrong place which...
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    Re: Kent wc26 mandolin pickup

    As noted above by nmiller, Japanese gear until the mid to late 70s was called "Jap Crap" because that's what it was. Kent's were on the lower rung.

    The reason they became so "popular" had nothing...
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    Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    Series/parallel switching can be easily done using a push-pull pot. And it's reversible.

    Seonachan - sounds like you're pickups were wired incorrectly. If these are being done by hand, which I...
  16. Re: $59,000 Reward for Missing Shipping Ledger

    The shipping ledger is probably the most accurate record of what models were shipped and when so it would be a gold mine for the trademark lawyers.
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    Re: Favourite effects for electrics.

    I'm with you. I didn't know anything about or use any pedals for years. Then I met a fellow who wanted to start a pedal company and I got a crash-course in all things pedals.

    There are basically 3...
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    Re: Electric mandolin

    You're getting into a "project" that is going to take time researching pickups, electronics and the sort then playing around to find the tonal sweet spot. Either you do it or you pay a tech. Beyond...
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    Re: Favourite effects for electrics.

    I run my Fender 5 through my electric guitar rig which is really 2 rigs - a clean (Takt) and a dirty (V8).

    I use a Radial Bigshot to switch between the 2. Everything meets at a Pigtronix Infinity...
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    How High the Moon by John 5

    Better known for his work with Rob Zombie, here's Johnny with a Fender John 5 HB Master Built “Goldie” Tele and matching Mandocaster ...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMoi32doR58
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    Modified dog leash from a dollar store. Works great!
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    Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    The mandolin is named after the El Rey electric guitar Eastman has been selling for quite a while; the mandolin is a small version of that body shape.
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    It won't be released for another 9 years. The copy on the page reads:

    Created especially for the 2029 Winter NAMM show...

    Looks like a solid-body, although the ad doesn't say. Although it looks...
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    Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    Some do and some don't. I did a search and it's inconsistent. Adding more baffle is that ukes tend to be tuned in 4ths leading one to think a 9th fret marker would be the preferred placing.

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    Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    PTOEguy - yeah those are like apples and oranges. If the Eastwood was a semi-hollow I'd have gone for that but hollow bodies tend to feedback under amplification. If you're not gigging it's not a...
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