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mattharris75

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  1. So, the mandola spent a week on the Tonerite. Then it was time to break things down and do some work. After playing it for a while I decided that the neck was just too large. I wanted to have a chunky vintage neck, especially considering that there is no truss rod, just a graphite stiffening bar. But it was like playing a baseball bat... So I spent a few hours yesterday re-profiling the neck. The trick is that I had designed it where the backstrap seamlessly faded into the back of the neck. It looked cool, but because of the amount of wood I needed to take off it just wasn't going to work. So I had to create a little volute. I'll probably mess with it a bit more before I go back and re-sand everything before starting the finishing process...
  2. I think both mock ups look really nice. My issue with the purpleheart is that it's not likely to stay that color. You could always pick up some bloodwood if you want something more in that color family that will continue to look that way over time...
  3. True story, I sent Paul Languedoc a letter back in the late 90's asking him to build me a guitar. At the time he was still touring full time with Phish, and he sent me a reply and was very nice about it, but said that he just didn't have the time. Letters like mine are probably part of what contribute to that $10K price tag!
  4. I would just use whatever drawing program you use to make the design and add center points to all the circles. I use a small 'X' in the middle. Then print out the design, attach it to the top with spray adhesive, mark the center points with an awl, and go to town with your drill bits.
  5. I would probably make a little jig with a dowel the size of the tuner holes to align the holes correctly on the drill press.
  6. I feel confident you can pull off A. You just need the right drill bit (extra long), and it will be easier than you think.
  7. This method gives off an audible buzz, but the coolest thing is that you can put your hand on the top and feel some significant vibration.
  8. I've heard of mandolin builders doing the same. This method is slightly less obtrusive. No idea if either method works, but based on watching some Tonerite videos, something is happening!
  9. So, I 've been playing the mandola for a week or so. It's settling in nicely, holding tune, sounding good, etc. Before I break it back down for final sanding (and a little tweaking of the neck profile) and finishing, it's time for a little 'voo doo'! For the next week the mandola will stay locked in our guest bedroom, laying on a quilt, with a Tonerite running at full blast. This thing theoretically replicates many many hours of playing by constantly vibrating the strings. Essentially rapidly breaking the instrument in and causing it to sound like an older more mature instrument. Does it work? No clue. But a friend had one and let me borrow it, so I figured it was worth a week...
  10. There are a million threads on Tru Oil on the site. Many, including myself, have had excellent results with it. I'd suggest searching the site for more specifics, to see if it's right for your needs...
  11. Thanks! And once again, something completely different. I purchased a Harry Potter wand at Universal Studios some years ago, and thought it would be cool to make a display stand for it. If you're familiar with the movies, I went with a sort of creepy 'Borgin & Burkes' vibe. It was the most extensive wood carving I've done outside of an instrument, and it was a blast! Not a lot of thinking and measuring, just get after the wood until it looks like something cool! It's three pieces of walnut glued up, finished with a couple of coats of danish oil, and then a black glaze to give it a more weathered and antique look.
  12. Thanks! I got the second C string put on today, and it's even louder and fuller! I own an octave mandolin, which I think I mentioned early in the thread, so that could be part of the confusion. Also, across the pond they call an octave mandolin an octave mandola, which just clouds things more...
  13. Speaking of... My favorite version of the song. I've seen this band twice, and they're amazing, just won a Grammy in fact.
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