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    My experience over the years of doing repair work...

    My experience over the years of doing repair work has shown me that quarter sawn braces over time will perform better. If the bracing stock is marginal or of poor quality in guitars or ukes, the top...
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    Finding apple fruit wood in a large enough...

    Finding apple fruit wood in a large enough dimension and quarter sawn is difficult. It is closed grain but the color is tan to brown, not very interesting to look at. I have used Peach and Apricot...
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    Try to keep the humidity levels fro 42-50% as...

    Try to keep the humidity levels fro 42-50% as much as possible. This is difficult to do in some parts of the country, but this is best. 30% is too low and 60% is too high. If the room is 45%, and...
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    For those who might be interested in a short...

    For those who might be interested in a short history of how the Kasha design came
    into being, here is a short history. Much more can be learned by going to the Guild
    of America Luthiers, or reading...
  5. If you are beginner, don't mess with hide glues...

    If you are beginner, don't mess with hide glues or super glues. Use Titebond original (Red Cap). Clean up the areas and sand lightly, tape off the area on the top, use a small amount of glue on both...
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    First of all, there is no such thing as a Martin...

    First of all, there is no such thing as a Martin SO from 1962, it would just be an O style. I do agree with Pete, TT on a small top plate isn't of much help, it any. All these tests would tell you...
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    Every piece of top wood is different, no matter...

    Every piece of top wood is different, no matter what the species, so you will have to know what to do with each new top plate, each and every time. Finding the best top woods, which are dry, stiff,...
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    Nice! I wish I had that crew when I was repairing...

    Nice! I wish I had that crew when I was repairing instruments. Those ovation guitars where always loosing there bridges.
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    It doesn't matter where you put holes on a uke or...

    It doesn't matter where you put holes on a uke or guitar, acoustic instruments are not stereo in any way. There is no such thing as a treble side or bass side on an acoustic instrument, assuming the...
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    While it is a lot of fun experimenting with...

    While it is a lot of fun experimenting with bracing designs, woods, heights, scalloping, etc., don't lose sight of the fact that bracing is only there to support the top plate from doing its job....
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    Nice job, I like it.

    Nice job, I like it.
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    I have learned over the years , that each type of...

    I have learned over the years , that each type of cutting blade has its own rules. It depends on the blade diameter, thickness, number of teeth, sharpness, etc. It also depends an the wood type being...
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    The Martin strings are thinner then the Nylgut...

    The Martin strings are thinner then the Nylgut strings and are probably loose fitting into the slot in the bridge saddle. Actually, there should be no slot into the saddle at all. The string should...
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    The best range for humidity concerns are 42-50%....

    The best range for humidity concerns are 42-50%. It can vary slightly now and then and this can be difficult some times depending on where you live, but shoot for the best.
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    Even the chair it is sitting on is book matched.

    Even the chair it is sitting on is book matched.
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    You can't just stick a standard concert neck on a...

    You can't just stick a standard concert neck on a standard tenor body. The scale is too short and the bridge placement on the body would be next to the sound hole, too weird. The body shape and the...
  17. I looked at all things Kasha/Schneider in the...

    I looked at all things Kasha/Schneider in the past, books, drawing, etc. I heard and examined many guitars in that design. While there may be some ideas of value, the over all conclusion by the...
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    The classical guitar is much harder to construct...

    The classical guitar is much harder to construct for a sound that is even from treble to bass response, tone clarity and volume. The steel string on the other hand is a piece of cake in all these...
  19. I would suggest, you make the bridge about half...

    I would suggest, you make the bridge about half the size you have it at now, it is too big and will restrict the sound on an already small top.
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    15 degrees. I never did care for slotted head...

    15 degrees. I never did care for slotted head stocks on a uke, only did one and thought it looked too big and bulky.
  21. Here is the smallest size uke I have built. It...

    Here is the smallest size uke I have built. It has a 9 1/4" playing scale, but I don't remember the overall length. Played fine, a bit trebley to say the least. ...
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    I have seen this kind of thing many times over my...

    I have seen this kind of thing many times over my years of repair. IMO that is not any kind of lacquer, but either Yellow glue or Gorrila glue. It happens when the bridge or fingerboard starts to...
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    As long as you plan on making the top of wood,...

    As long as you plan on making the top of wood, the uke should sound traditional and it has been done as other have suggested.
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    There are luthier organizations in the USA, but...

    There are luthier organizations in the USA, but nothing like the European model of Master/Apprentice condition. This was once brought up to some the USA Luthiers in the past, but was dismissed as...
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    The problem with Mahogany is that the older it...

    The problem with Mahogany is that the older it gets, the more brittle it gets. Baking it would be problematic and it would tend to crack easier in my experience. The open grain nature of Mahoganies...
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