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    Hi there,

    I'm looking for a mandolin luthier in the central florida area. I am in Ormond Beach. I need a pickguard put on my Gibson F9.

    Thank you,

    Bren

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    Ross Teigan would be your guy NFI. He is in Hawthorne, FL https://collecti.one/posts/ross-teigen-teigen-guitars

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    Member Charles E. up in St. Augustine might be able to help you out. I don't know if he does repairs, but he's built a couple of nice mandolins, so he surely has the skill set and tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenf12 View Post
    Ross Teigan would be your guy NFI. He is in Hawthorne, FL https://collecti.one/posts/ross-teigen-teigen-guitars

    Len B.
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    Thank you. I just reached out to him.

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    Thanks for the recommendation JB but I am retired from instrument work. My time is spent volunteering and building wooden boats at the lighthouse.
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    Hi Charley, Do you have any recommendations for local luthiers? Enjoy the boats and lighthouse. Bren

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    DRBren, I do not know of anyone in this area that can help you. Hopefully the other recommendation will work out.

    If you are ever up my way check out the Heritage Boat Works at the lighthouse. We have some good builds going on.
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    I'll second the recommendation for Ross Tiegan in Hawthorne. He did some work on my Randy Wood F 5 and did a wonderful job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denny Gies View Post
    I'll second the recommendation for Ross Tiegan in Hawthorne. He did some work on my Randy Wood F 5 and did a wonderful job.
    Ross Tiegen is retired too. Any other suggestions. Thank you all in advance.

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    I think any decent sized music store could put on a pickguard. Drilling a couple holes for the pins should be right in their wheelhouse. There are a few in Daytona Beach - Total Entertainment, Sunland perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandoMaximus View Post
    I think any decent sized music store could put on a pickguard. Drilling a couple holes for the pins should be right in their wheelhouse. There are a few in Daytona Beach - Total Entertainment, Sunland perhaps.
    You'd think that. But I already went to Guitar Center and Total Entertainment. No can do. I'll check out Sunland.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRbren View Post
    You'd think that. But I already went to Guitar Center and Total Entertainment. No can do. I'll check out Sunland.

    Thank you.
    Yikes! Times are tough

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    Give Charles Johnson of Mandolin World Headquarters in Brandon, FL a call. http://www.vintagemandolin.com/instruments.html He may have a suggestion for you.

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    Time for some of the younger folks to start learning the craft.
    At 66, I'm not yet retired, but am moving much slower than I used to, and find myself reluctant to get started on jobs that are extensive and difficult.

    The two who apprenticed with me did not stick with it for the long haul. There's a lot to learn from us older folks that's not in the books, and youtube videos are loaded with bad information and poor techniques. In a few years, experienced people who are willing to teach may be hard to find.

    You're not likely to find skilled repair and restoration people at Guitar Center.
    There is a passable set-up fellow at my friendly neighborhood music store, but he won't do major fret work, make guitar bridges, or reset necks.
    A fellow like that might be able to install a pickguard without tearing up your mandolin, so check every store within driving distance. But beware of hackers-- I gave some guitar and piano lessons at a local store that's no longer in business, and they claimed to be competent repair people, but I wouldn't let them lay their hands on even a student instrument.

    I'm too far away for you to drive up here for a pickguard installation.
    If you find somebody good, be sure to let the rest of us know.
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