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Cat urine smell

Okay, here is a fun topic. My friend has a situation where a cat peed all over his mandolin. It's not a valuable mando, so no great loss, b…

Started by Mark Pollock

3 Sep 25
Reply by Mike Kolb

33 Martin 0-17

Hi guys , I have 1933 Martin 0-17 on the bench , the owner has just bought it . It seems to have been sprayed with a satin lacquer which sh…

Started by Len Biglin

3 Sep 25
Reply by Len Biglin

A little horror story....

A picture's worth a thousand words.  The customer complained of very poor string-to-string response from a Fishman UST installed in his Tay…

Started by Mike Kolb

8 Sep 23
Reply by Walter W Wright

Soundhole/bridge repair clamps

I've been using regular cam clamps and Ibex clamps for a long time and this morning I've decided I hate them. I've been persevering, but it…

Started by Keith Somerville

17 Sep 22
Reply by George Roberts

Tip: Loose ball end on string

Had a mystery buzz on one string, did the right things and sanded the nut and saddle smooth in the contact points but still the same buzz.…

Started by Roger Häggström

5 Sep 21
Reply by Roger Häggström

Advice for doing subcontract guitar work for local music stores.

I have my own repair shop and asked if I want to do some work for some other shops in the area. I have never done this and am curious how o…

Started by Matt Dreher

5 Sep 18
Reply by Keith Somerville

Twist in a neck - how much is too much?

I have a brand-new carbon fiber guitar that has a little neck twist. The situation is slightly confounded by the fact that this is a custom…

Started by Danny

3 Sep 18
Reply by Palle Clausen

1978 Fender Stratocaster with backbowed neck issues!

So I have this 1978 Fender Stratocaster that I am refretting. It has a maple neck. The damn micro tilt after years of use, has kinked the u…

Started by Michael Burton

7 Sep 11
Reply by Russell Vance

Parlor Guitar ID

Can anyone discern what company this guitar was made by and possibly timeframe?The body measurements are:Lower bout - 11 7/8"Waist - 6 3/4…

Started by Redacted

3 Sep 7
Reply by Ian Pender

Do you bump customers? And do you tell customers that they've been bumped?

Scenario: you're working through the backlog. You get to a Yamaha that's been in the pile for a while. Just as you get it on the bench, you…

Started by Keith Somerville

4 Sep 7
Reply by Ian Pender


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