• Miscellaneous
  • Mystery Instrument

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    This wins the award for strangest instrument to come into the shop!  If anyone has any information please contact me.

    It is designed to be played either sitting flat like a lap steel or upright like a standard guitar.  Each finger lever controls a rotating metal rod with a helical ridge that rotates.  As the rod rotates the ridge contacts the string higher up the neck changing the pitch of the string.  Each finer lever is geared to a rod with a wound spring that brings the rod back to it’s original position.

    It has a single coil pickup, thumb activated volume control as well as master volume and tone knobs.

    The engineering and construction of this instrument is very impressive.

    It came into the shop with some mechanical and wiring issues which I was able to put right but beyond making it function I have no idea what to do with it! I made some videos of myself demonstrating how it functions. For more photos and videos click here.

  • Bridge Repairs
  • Ibanez Pro Rock’R Bridge Repair

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    I recently purchased a small metal lathe and milling machine and have been eager for projects to put the new tools to use.  An Ibanez guitar with a Pro Rock’R brige came in recently and gave me that opportunity.  The bridge was discontinued long ago and replacement parts are very hard to find.  This one was missing one of the intonation adjustment screws and the nut that controls the movement of the saddle.  It would have been difficult to track these tiny parts down so I decided to fabricate them.

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  • Making a New Mandolin Bridge

            This Allen mandolin came into the shop missing its original bridge.  The owner had several replacement options but they were all too low and wide.  Using one of these as a  guide I made one that matched stylistically but to the proper dimensions. For more photos click here.

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  • 1930’s Gibson L-1 12-fret

            I’ve been working on this Gibson L-1 for quite a while.  The major damage was to the bridge area. At some point a classical bridge had been installed to cover a large hole through the top and bridge plate.  I installed a larger bridge plate to span the area, patched the […]

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  • Making a Tuner Screw

    I am working on restoring a 1940’s Gibson L-1 and it is missing one of the tuner post screws.  Unfortunately it is an odd size , 4-36, and I couldn’t find a replacement.  By an odd stroke of luck I happened to have purchased a set of small taps and dies at the flea market […]

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  • Crestwood Build

      A good friend of mine is really into vintage Epiphones and came up with the idea of making a 1958 style Crestwood with 3 New York Pickups.    We used on of his Coronets as a guide and came up with this design.  The pickups are rewound hotter than normals and it has a […]

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  • 1961 Gibson SG Refinish

                I finally finished restoring this ’61 SG.  It needed a little bit of binding repair, filling of an ill advised pickup rout, and refinishing in cherry red. Oh…. and removing Ted Nugent’s signature.               Someone decided it would be nice to rout and […]

  • Refinishing
  • 1961 Gibson SG Special Refinish

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    I finally finished restoring this ’61 SG. It needed a little bit of binding repair, filling of an ill advised pickup rout, and refinishing in cherry red. Oh…. and removing Ted Nugent’s signature.

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    Someone decided it would be nice to rout and install for a telecaster bridge pickup.

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    In this shot I am working on the rout repair but you can see where the the bridge angle was reduced to accommodate a more modern lightning bolt bridge. I moved it back to the original location and patched the hole.

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  • Fender Mustang Refret

        The frets on this Mustang were in terrible condition. They were extremely rough, uneven, and had been filed to their limit. The fretboard had been lacquered and there had been some filing in between the frets leaving the surface scarred, ugly and with a flatter radius in the lower positions. The fretboards on […]

  • Fretwork
  • Fender Mustang Refret

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    The frets on this Mustang were in terrible condition. They were extremely rough, uneven, and had been filed to their limit. The fretboard had been lacquered and there had been some filing in between the frets leaving the surface scarred, ugly and with a flatter radius in the lower positions. The fretboards on these Mustangs are very thin so leveling the board and removing the finish had to be done with extreme care.

  • Bridge Repairs
  • GIbson J-45ADJ Bridge Replacement

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    Here is a repair or modification I see fairly often. In the 50’s and 60’s Gibson offered or used adjustable bridges on J-45s culminating in 1963 with the worst bridge design ever – a plastic bridge with adjustable saddle and a plywood bridge plate. The plastic bridges look and sound terrible.

    Replacing the bridge involves removing the bridge plate and bridge, patching the extra holes from the mounting hardware, and installing a new maple bridge plate and rosewood bridge.

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  • J-45ADJ Bridge Replacement

    Here is a repair or modification I see fairly often.  In the 50’s and 60’s Gibson offered or used  adjustable bridges on J-45s culminating in 1963 with the worst bridge design ever – a plastic bridge with adjustable saddle and a plywood bridge plate.  The plastic bridges look and sound terrible. Replacing the bridge involves […]

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  • Defretted Warwick Bass Refret

    This Warwick Thumb bass had been previously defretted and the current owner wanted to have it refretted with Warwick brass frets. I has to order the frets from Germany but in a stroke of good fortune it turned out thy the slots were filled with a soft putty which could be removed with a fret […]