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Archtop custom strap pin
My customer has a problem with his handmade archtop. A tail gut is holding the the tail piece and there's no room for a strap. This was a job for a new addition to the shop, the Taig lathe. Make an endpin with two grooves in it, one for the tailgut and one...
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PPP Proprietary Preamp Pooched
The original system stopped working, the owner was interested in something else. An in house FET powered system was made and mounted in a cover plate that suited the highly figured wood the guitar was made from. imho. The knobs were made from walnut/mahogan...
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Hot Hide Glue Pot
Lee Valley has a hot hide glue pot and warmer that's a " replica of a classic Landers, Frary & Clark glue pot". I'm picking one up today and demoing it tomorrow at Lee Valley in Winnipeg from 10am to 2pm. I'll post my experience with it after I've had some ...
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Plane Wrecked
Airline damage The damage to Guitars through air travel seems to be a much higher percentage than Guitars damaged through shipping. Someone should do study. After a lengthy assessment and conversation with the customer it was decided….The damage to the side...
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Intonation by defret
It all started as an intonation issue. The strings are very rubbery/slinky and they move a lot.....sooo the action needs to be on the high side. This means the string stretches and plays sharp, so we place the saddle to accommodate this. On this bass the br...
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Give piece a chance
A badly damaged top requiring replacement of some of the top wood came in. A small section of the side was pushed in and would have to be put back in place and supported. The finish on the headstock veneer was damaged and needed to be refinished. There was ...
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Old Gtretsch flattop - A bridge too far
An old Gretsch flat top started out life with the saddle a quarter of an inch shy of its scale length. A previous repair, avoided top and bridge plate patching by using a pinless bridge. Sadly it didn't last or work that well, I appreciate the idea though. ...
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Shop made control knobs
To be installed: A forty year old Dearmond acoustic pickup system complete with wiring harness. 1 meg volume pot 250k tone pot I did not make a note of capacitor value. While the pickup was sealed I'm pretty sure it's a piezo. I replaced the jack with an en...
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