SpeedNecking- a Story

By Brian Beker One score and seven years ago, I sold a Lloyd Loar F-5. Included in the deal was a brand-new Gibson A-5L. The A-5 was okay, but that was it, and not because I was spoiled by the Loar....

The Special History of a Mandolin Pickguard

By Bruce Graybill When Bruce Weber built my first custom Weber Mandolin, he had me play for several of his builders using my ‘go to’ Mandolin of that time. He had some special cedar from a tree cut...

The Cost of Repair

“Peel away the hopeful interpretations, and the ‘vintage’ stands revealed as simply ‘old’... The gap between my private logbook and the service ticket is the space where the ethics of repairing...

SpeedNecking- a Story

By Brian Beker One score and seven years ago, I sold a Lloyd Loar F-5. Included in the deal was a brand-new Gibson A-5L. The A-5 was okay, but that was it, and not because I was spoiled by the Loar. As a new mandolin, it was just holding something back, and I expected...

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The Special History of a Mandolin Pickguard

By Bruce Graybill When Bruce Weber built my first custom Weber Mandolin, he had me play for several of his builders using my ‘go to’ Mandolin of that time. He had some special cedar from a tree cut in 1910, that he thought would really work well for voicing the kinds...

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The Cost of Repair

“Peel away the hopeful interpretations, and the ‘vintage’ stands revealed as simply ‘old’... The gap between my private logbook and the service ticket is the space where the ethics of repairing motorcycles gets worked out.” Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the...

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Mandolin Bridges Flipped

Bruce estimates that 10% of the mandolins he receives for repair have the bridge base flipped around- treble for bass. If you notice a decline in tone/volume after a string change, check the bridge. If the base is flipped the bridge doesn't fit well and sometimes can...

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Dreadful Over-humidification

'The marketers seem to grasp that it is not the product but the practice that is really attractive.' Shop Class as Soulcraft: An inquiry into the Value of Work. One of the most damaging repairs Bruce gets in (unfortunately fairly often) is due to over humidification....

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Paint Your Face Blue and Adjust the Truss Rod

Preventable Repair #2   The neck on your instrument is bowed because the truss rod has been neglected. There is a lot of fear involved in adjusting your instrument’s truss rod on your own, even by those who think nothing of sky diving or playing their mando in front...

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