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September 2009 Blog Posts (5)

Custom mandolin

I have been designing a mandolin and I finally got up the nerve to try to make it. It will be tuned one octave lower than the common mandolin, with a classical size body and 14 frets to the body, with a 25.5 in scale. The whole thing will be made of mahogany, top,sides,back and neck. The top and back will be a laminated wood (2.5 MM) that I use for a hollow body electric that I make, and I must admit that this material has a nice ring to it all by its self.

I will post pics as I get… Continue

Added by Donald A. Fortune on September 22, 2009 at 6:39pm — 9 Comments

"Uncorked - Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff" has arrived!

"Uncorked" has arrived!



Over the next week, we'll be turning around pre-orders (at www.davenach.com, concerts, and mail order) for 'Uncorked', which should be available at other retailers in a few weeks. A few have already received their copy.



Haven't ordered yet? Go to www.davenach.com.





UNCORKED - AL STEWART LIVE WITH DAVE NACHMANOFF…






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Added by Dave Nachmanoff on September 20, 2009 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Beginning the finish, part 2

Decided to french polish shellac the body, the head stock veneer and the heel cap, and use wiping oil varnish for the neck. After sanding everything to 1500, I've applied first coats to everything and it's looking great to me.…

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Added by Mark Riess on September 7, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Guitar is progressing

Added by Mark Riess on September 7, 2009 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Fretting over frets

I found my slots too narrow for the fret tangs...was banging too hard on them to drive 'em in. So I chucked in a dental bit into the dremel that was slightly larger than the slot width, yet still narrower than the fret tang. It was nerve-wracking to turn on the dremel and then insert it carefully into the fret slots and run it along the channel, widening the slot. I didn't widen the entire slot. I left small parts of the slot alone and that seemed to work best for allowing the fret to seat… Continue

Added by Mark Riess on September 7, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments

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