Silvertone Venetian Mandolin

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Silvertone Venetian Mandolin

Post by funkyeah! » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:46 am

Hey guys!

I've bought myself a vintage mandolin (not sure of the year yet) with a neck that's slightly ungluing itself. It's a Silvertone and it looks like the picture below but with a fancy S on the pickguard.

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So upon receiving, I detached the neck and reset it with Titebond liquid hide glue. Strung it back up and it slowly is returning to it's normal position before, rendering the mandolin unplayable and making me feel like the neck joint might break or something.

My grandpa had a Kay version of this mandolin that he had screwed into the heel. I guess the same thing happened to him.

So my quandry is... do I put a screw through the neck heel block and devalue the instrument or do I just try to sell it off and make my money back on it? I bought it for a little less than it's probably worth (it was $135 with shipping). That way I can invest in a stronger mandolin but I don't have a reminder of my grandpa around my house.

What would you guys do? Right now it's slacked and not being used.
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Re: Silvertone Venetian Mandolin

Post by funkyeah! » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:27 pm

No opinions on the matter?
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Re: Silvertone Venetian Mandolin

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:18 pm

How long did you wait before stringing it back up? I was thinking that if you could redo the glue, clamp the hell out of it for like a week.
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Re: Silvertone Venetian Mandolin

Post by HNB » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:24 pm

If you re glue also make sure the surface is clean and doesn't have any finish so the glue can connect to the surface well. :)
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Re: Silvertone Venetian Mandolin

Post by funkyeah! » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:41 am

HNB wrote:If you re glue also make sure the surface is clean and doesn't have any finish so the glue can connect to the surface well.
Hide glue is supposed to reconstitute itself when introduced to new hide glue I thought. But I think only for hot hide glue not the stuff I used. I'll redo it again and clean better this time.

I think a big part of the problem is the dovetail has some wiggle room on the axis parallel to the strings. Otherwise it doesn't twist or wiggle sideways
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