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    Default Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    Hi; some time back I bought a s/h Ashbury archtop round-hole mando. I really like the sound & recently was asked to do some out-on-the-street promo music for the local community. I eschewed taking my Collings (it looked like it may rain) so put some EJ64s (11-40) on the Ashbury and – although I need to carry out serious set-up (bone nut, fret-dress) – it really sang!

    However I’m worried about the neck bending with the heavier strings (I'd put 10-38s on it as a home practice machine). Any thoughts?

    Also – I found gigging with it for a period of time, the neck-finish really burns my hand at the thumb. Will stripping the poly finish & oiling the bare wood help?
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    Default Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    Quote Originally Posted by flatback88 View Post
    ... worried about the neck bending with the heavier strings ...
    If it has an adjustable truss rod, that's what it's for.

    BTW, Ashbury is not a name with which we colonials are real familiar!
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    Default Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    First the easy one; stripping the poly isn't for the feint of heart but it will make a big difference. you could try just rubbing it down with a fine Scotchbrite pad.
    Usually the inexpensive imports are over-built making the strings a non-issue. Frequently they are built with less than good wood making it an issue. How is the neck profile? Does it have a truss rod or any other reinforcement.

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    Default Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    If it has an adjustable truss rod, that's what it's for.

    BTW, Ashbury is not a name with which we colonials are real familiar!
    Hi Ed and Nevin too ; thanks for your help. The mandolin is also called a "Gremlin" - they are sold by Hobgoblin UK; it's Chinese, cheap but surprisingly warm & full-sounding .. I bought it second-hand for $50 not expecting anything worthwhile.
    HOWEVER there is no truss-rod, that's my worry. In fact the fingerboard isn't great, it's slightly high at the bridge end 14, 15, 16, so I'm going to have to fret-dress, but it's a 'beater' & I'll never go up that end of the neck!! (I have a Collings MT2 for that sort of stuff LOL).

    Neck profile? "Rounded" is the best description. The depth is 7/8". There is a very slight forward-bow which I can live with as long as it gets no worse. It's not twisted in any way & if I can dress those top frets & drop the nut slightly it will be fine .. as long as that forward-bow doesn't get any worse!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevin View Post
    First the easy one; stripping the poly isn't for the feint of heart but it will make a big difference. you could try just rubbing it down with a fine Scotchbrite pad.
    Usually the inexpensive imports are over-built making the strings a non-issue. Frequently they are built with less than good wood making it an issue. How is the neck profile? Does it have a truss rod or any other reinforcement.
    Thanks for the "stripping" suggestion; yes I'll try some fine finishing first.

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    Default Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    I wouldn't recommend heavy stings for that mandolin. Maybe a 10-36 to keep it from bowing more.
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    Default Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    I agree with pops1; without a truss rod and with an existing bow, heavier strings would be a risky proposition.

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    Default Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    I wouldn't recommend heavy stings for that mandolin. Maybe a 10-36 to keep it from bowing more.
    (sob) I think you're right!! Shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevin View Post
    I agree with pops1; without a truss rod and with an existing bow, heavier strings would be a risky proposition.
    Yes unfortunately I have to agree with pops1 too; shame ...

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    Default Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    Thanks to you all for your input

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