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Latest Activity: May 18

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Pick Selection 7 Replies

Started by John Gundrum. Last reply by Phillip Taylor May 6.

Tuners for Mandolin

Started by Robert Williamson Dec 5, 2015.

new to the game 6 Replies

Started by Ron. Last reply by Robert Williamson Nov 13, 2015.

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Comment by Robert Williamson on December 30, 2015 at 6:12pm

Merlin and Mandolin

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 25, 2015 at 1:29pm

there a dozens of her videos on youtube ..sign. if only i could finger like that.

Comment by Jim Yates on December 25, 2015 at 9:10am

That was lovely Robert.
I'd love to have one of those old Lyon & Healys (and be able to play it like that)

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 25, 2015 at 7:52am

a bit of Bach for Christmas Day

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 13, 2015 at 8:41am

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 7, 2015 at 6:25am

after pic.. it seems that tailpiece is not centered. the bridge is being pulled towards the pickguard. Well I've to two new ones on order...

This mando has not been the bargain it appeared to be :(

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 6, 2015 at 3:36pm

forgot to mention, my bridge reset passed business card test :)

I am still going to replace the saddle, regardless,

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 6, 2015 at 2:30pm

OMG! the stress!..the drama! the frustration!

loosen strings, bridge falls out,.saddle falls off..

oookay..not good start..

put saddle right way , get bridge in approz locatiosn. start 4 and 1st intonation setting

opps tuner cannot read 1st string properly! (see http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/group/mandolinplayers/forum/...

Next day:

Start form stratch.. breaks 1st string turning knob wrong way.. fine i got more.

do bridge intonation procedure 4th and 1st strings. New tuner works fine.

Sit to to put on new 1st string.

One Piece tailpieces seem to be designed to prevent restringing ;)

After 30 or more trys to get loop on hook (yes i bent it) I had to use specialized round nose pliers in order to pull string taunt on hook , impossible to do with neuropathy hands..no grip!

how to keep it on hook!..humm...the special capo i made (see http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/group/capousersgroup

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put it at 5th fret and was able to thread and tighten the tuning key....

One piece tail piece is asinine. I had already ordered an engraved replacement, but NOW  i think I'll order a two-piece tail piece.

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 4, 2015 at 8:55am

ok shall loosen strings, flip saddle, set intonation and check for spaces under bridge with tension.

If i need to sand bridge feet what type and grade? Ive done some cabinetry.

Comment by Jim Yates on December 3, 2015 at 11:17am

I agree, just turn the saddle around. 

This type of bridge should never be glued down.  Is it just tipped forward (an easy fix) or is the bridge not fitted properly to the top (a more complicated fix)?
I don't see a big problem with the tailpiece touching the strings unless they produce a rattle.  You could put a piece of leather or felt on the underside of the tailpiece if it's rattling.
Sometimes it's desirable to have some downward pressure on the strings to increase the break angle.
 

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