"Remember, in this case I'm dealing with the tension of a full set of 8 strings on this instrument.
I'm erring on the side of sturdiness! This mandola is several years old, and it's shown no sign of the bolt-on neck loosening or of any…"
"Yep I would agree with Ron regarding braces.
If you recall I suggested removing those existing braces and replacing them after thinning the whole top. You mentioned that they are glued with a strong glue, but it is easy to remove them. I would…"
"Good advice. I was considering "scalloping" the braces with my Dremel, but an overall taper might be better.
Right now, I'm doing the frets, when I get those in I'll likely finish up the top and string it up."
"I like that jig! Please provide materials and dimensions.
Also, about those braces. Take a lesson from commercial git bracing. Thin those down from the middle toward the ends with a plane or sand paper, and also, give them a more triangular cross…"
"We'll see how it turns out. I'm waiting for the new fret material now.
I did want to leave the top intact, both for the looks and to leave the action unaffected. If I cut away the outside, I'd have had to…"
Hey Mark, You've built some cool stuff with some neat art work. Hey, how does the Ashton top 4 string mando sound? I build good CBGs, but I am always dissatisfied with my 4 string mandos. I don't think I can make a good 8 string. I may have to get a neck somewhere.
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thanks fur lookin mark. i have tried all kinds of neck joints and have found this type of scarf joint to be the best, but the most tricky to glue up. i found dry clampin from the sides then drill two holes in the top for #6 1/2 screws or 1/4 dowels take care of any slippage when glueing... while i was here i was lookin at yur pics, great stuff, keep buildin
The Beast cbg: Thanks, first and only neck repair so far. The problem with the playability is the string tension, I think the overall length of the strings from tuners to anchors is just too long - they take some cranking to get up to pitch. Not so much a problem when using open tuning and slide, of course. Cheers, Mark.
Yeah Mark I had an old banjo with a friction tuner on it and it was a nightmare. I play a goodtime deering banjo most of the time and I hope maybe this will be my new favorite. I have a hard time playing around that 5th tuner on the neck so maybe this will help me play the whole fretboard of my banjo HAA! thanks for the comment.
Hey Mark - Thanks for the comments you might try scrounging at Lowes they might have something. I am going to buy the pre-made set.... But hey who said I can only build one? I have a few ideas on the drawing board.... Take care - Jim