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  • 1960 Mosrite – Hand made by Semie Moseley

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    I recently finished restoring this Mosrite guitar made in 1960 by Semie Moseley. It appeared on the Antiques Roadshow a while back with a replacement head plate, pickguard, and had the back of the headstock painted black to hide several breaks and repairs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t9Cvp6BI78 After removing the head plate and the black paint from the […]

  • Pickguards
  • Silvertone 1377 Pickguard Reproduction

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    This ’54/’55 Silvertone 1377 had a broken pickguard that had been repaired by adding a piece of 1/8″ masonite.  I have never worked with heat molding plastic so it gave me a chance to experiment with a new process.  I found several online videos demonstrating suction molding using an oven to heat a sheet of plastic that is then quickly transferred to a mold.  I figured for the small size that I required I could heat the sheet of plastic with a heat gun right on the mold using a shop vaccum for suction.  It took a few tries but the result was quite good.

  • Pickguards
  • Silvertone 1377 Pickguard Reproduction

    silvertone-1377-pickguard-01 silvertone-1377-pickguard-10

    silvertone-1377-pickguard-16 silvertone-1377-pickguard-07 silvertone-1377-pickguard-09

    This ’54/’55 Silvertone 1377 had a broken pickguard that had been repaired by adding a piece of 1/8″ masonite. I have never worked with heat molding plastic so it gave me a chance to experiment with a new process. I found several online videos demonstrating suction molding using an oven to heat a sheet of plastic that is then quickly transferred to a mold. I figured for the small size that I required I could heat the sheet of plastic with a heat gun right on the mold using a shop vaccum for suction. It took a few tries but the result was quite good.

  • Bridge Repairs
  • 1968 Rickenbacker 420

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    rickenbacker-420-13   rickenbacker-420-20 rickenbacker-420-21

     

     

     

    This Rickenbacker came into the shop having had its bridge replaced with a later adjustable bridge, a rough replacement pickguard installed, and the wiring altered.  The original tailpiece had been cut down to accept the new bridge but by a stroke of luck there was a bridge from 1965 420 for sale on Ebay.  Fitting the bridge required redrilling a recess in the body which had been filed previously.  The tricky part was cutting a pickguard to match the original.  The shape and controls were a close match for the original but the cutouts for pickup and bridge had to be carefully reconstructed.

     

  • Pickguards
  • 1968 Rickenbacker 420

    rickenbacker-420-15 rickenbacker-420-19 rickenbacker-420-08

    rickenbacker-420-13 rickenbacker-420-20 rickenbacker-420-21

    This Rickenbacker came into the shop having had its bridge replaced with a later adjustable bridge, a rough replacement pickguard installed, and the wiring altered. The original tailpiece had been cut down to accept the new bridge but by a stroke of luck there was a bridge from 1965 420 for sale on Ebay. Fitting the bridge required redrilling a recess in the body which had been filed previously. The tricky part was cutting a pickguard to match the original. The shape and controls were a close match for the original but the cutouts for pickup and bridge had to be carefully reconstructed.

  • Pickguards
  • Martin 0-15 Pickguard Removal and Replacement

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    martin-0-15-04   martin-0-15-06 martin-0-15-09 martin-0-15-10 martin-0-15-18

     

     

     

    This 50’s Martin 0-15 was flipped and played left-handed for 30+ years. An additional pick guard was added, as well as the original replaced with new guards made from Formica.  The bridge was never altered and even the nut showed little suggestion that it had been strung in reverse.  Other than securing a few cracks all that needed to be done was to removed the additional guard and restore the original one.

    I was worried that the finish would be damaged under the additional pick guard and that the wood and finish may have aged differently underneath.  Luckily, other than a little pitting and finish crazing there was almost no difference.  A little heat loosened the glue and both pick guards came off with no trouble.  I used shellac to fill the pitted areas and to seal the bare wood where the original pick guard went then cut and installed a new celluloid pick guard.

    This is a sweet sounding little guitar and now it is back to its right-handed configuration.

  • Pickguards
  • Martin 0-15 Pickguard Replacement

    martin-0-15-02 martin-0-15-03 martin-0-15-17

    martin-0-15-04 martin-0-15-06 martin-0-15-09 martin-0-15-10 martin-0-15-18

    This 50’s Martin 0-15 was flipped and played left-handed for 30+ years. An additional pick guard was added, as well as the original replaced with new guards made from Formica. The bridge was never altered and even the nut showed little suggestion that it had been strung in reverse. Other than securing a few cracks all that needed to be done was to removed the additional guard and restore the original one.

    I was worried that the finish would be damaged under the additional pick guard and that the wood and finish may have aged differently underneath. Luckily, other than a little pitting and finish crazing there was almost no difference. A little heat loosened the glue and both pick guards came off with no trouble. I used shellac to fill the pitted areas and to seal the bare wood where the original pick guard went then cut and installed a new celluloid pick guard.

    This is a sweet sounding little guitar and now it is back to its right-handed configuration.