Really bugged

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Paul Breen
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Really bugged

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I took this mandolin in for repairs and... er... um, a good cleaning.

Never had anything like this cross my bench before, the little Black dots and streaks are bug excrement. The mandolin had been hanging on a wall unused for some time and was brought to me to make ready to sell. Structurally, in pretty good shape but wow, what a mess both on and in it. The original case was just as bad and had been stored apart from the mandolin in a closet. There where still roaches in it when I looked inside but not for long, I gave them a bath in Permethrin for fabrics, followed a good vacuuming. I informed the owner about their bug problem and they have since been dealing with it. Pics tell the story...
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The interior is a graveyard for dead bugs and empty egg sacks. I had to put a bunch of small screws inside and shake the mandolin to knock them loose. I am not really prone to queasiness but this was pushing my limits.
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I believe that is a dead stink bug all the way to the right. Must have taken a wrong turn somewhere along the line.

The mandolin is now all cleaned up now. Thank goodness for rubber gloves...

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Bryan Bear
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Re: Really bugged

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Take care of your feet and your feet will take care of you.

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Barry Daniels
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A few years ago I restored a Martin that had mold growing inside. I cleaned it up initially using a glove bag to contain all the grossness.
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Ryan Mazzocco
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Re: Really bugged

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Oh that's nasty! I once worked on an old Gibson B-15 that had some sort of bird or something living in it. There was a full on nest and just all kinds of nasty stuff all in there.
I have a J-50 in right now that the first thing I had to do was clean out all the mouse turds.

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