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Finish Compatibility

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We are often asked whether certain guitar finishing products are compatible with others. With so many great finishing products available, it is tempting to try a new combination of filler, sealer, and finish. But caution is in order. Even if you carefully prepare a test piece, there is no guarantee that incompatibility between finishing products…
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Cardinal Musical Instrument Coatings Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finishing Process

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      Steps for applying Cardinal Pore Filler and Nitrocellulose Lacquer Step 1– Sand bare wood with coarse-grit sandpaper (180-220) Clean off the surface with air or solvent on oily woods. Step 2– Stain wood if desired Step 3– Seal wood with Cardinal’s Vinyl Sealer 2059-CLE18773. Color/Stain may also be added to the sealer.…
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Ukulele Sizes

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Our ukulele wood offerings reflect the four main ukulele sizes. Unlike many of the guitar size designations, the uke sizes do not refer to specific factory models —such as the Martin Dreadnought. For this reason, you will find small variations in what one person and another call a ‘soprano’, for example.  This goes for the…
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Tuner No-Nos

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Your body is built, the neck is on and now it’s time to install your tuners. Beginners beware! What should be an easy enough procedure can turn into a nightmare if you don’t take steps to make sure things go well. Here are a few tips to guarantee success and move you effortlessly towards the…
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