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I found the site aliexpress and it has some pretty cheap luthier tools on there.  I checked on the review sites and they are mostly negativ…

Started by Jim Figurski in Luthier Talk

4 Jan 30
Reply by Palle Clausen

Bowlback mando tuners...

My better half recently started learning the mandolin and she has a decent import F-model to use, but I thought I'd restore an old bowlback…

Started by Mike Kolb in Luthier Talk

9 Jan 28
Reply by Ned Knepp

Reset Involving Non-adjustsble Truss Rod

Hello again All. Been a while. Its nice to see that Frank is still here posting, among others of course. I currently have on my bench an o…

Started by Andrew in Luthier Talk

7 Jan 27
Reply by Andrew

Anyone using an Optivisor?

Hi all. Thinking of spending some of my hard-earned on useful tools and stuff that I've had my eye on for a while. A few times while doing…

Started by Keith R in Luthier Talk

18 Jan 27
Reply by Brian Burns

Extra Long Triangle File

If you use triangle files for fret work; this idea might be of use. Especially when doing re-crown jobs with wide flat tops on the leveled…

Started by Thomas James in Luthier Talk

6 Jan 26
Reply by Thomas James

Old Italian mandolin: opinions and advice sought

Hi guys, I've been asked to repair the inlays on a lovely old mandolin that used to belong to my customer's grandfather. My eagle-eyes, how…

Started by Keith R in Luthier Talk

4 Jan 26
Reply by John Yungbluth

are there different colors and textures of the same wood?

Ok, super-newbie question here. I have a Lucero LC100 classical acoustic.  It had 5 holes on the top (not going all the way through, more…

Started by Jim Figurski in Luthier Talk

8 Jan 26
Reply by Jim Figurski

Assistance Please - Identifying Stringed Instrument...

A very good client of mine brought me an unusual stringed instrument that I am having difficulty identifying.  As such I decided that I wou…

Started by Hesh Breakstone in Luthier Talk

7 Jan 23
Reply by Roger Häggström

Straightening neck of vintage Gibson J50 with large amount of upbow

Hi, I have acquired a 1955 Gibson J50 which was in an unplayable state. It's not original, in that the top has been refinished and the brid…

Started by Andrew Hann in Luthier Talk

29 Jan 19
Reply by Robbie Collins

BASS 3/4 size standup (dog house)

BASS 3/4 size standup (dog house) I have a K Bass M5 1947 -1948 vintage with laminated top and back. The top is sinking and the back is sta…

Started by Charlie Bowerbank in Luthier Talk

5 Jan 14
Reply by charley erck


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