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Got a beat up old Martin I'd like to fix for a player guitar

Howdy Folks,

My 1st post here. My story is that a friend of mine gave me an old Martin that someone gave him when he was 17. He's nearly 90 now so it was awhile back. We drove down to Gryphon last summer to have Frank and Richard evaluate this guitar and they concluded it was a 1906 0-30.

As you can see it's very beatup. Sorry about the picture size and shooting from the bathroom.

Somebody sanded the original finish off the top. My friend when to a…

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Added by DAVID BURNS on March 19, 2021 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Compression fretting with Bar Frets

Hi folks,

I recently acquired an early Martin, possibly a model 17, somewhere around 1867 thru 1889. No serial number but stamped on the inside back brace and just below the ice cream cone style heel, Martin and Co New York. It has bar frets, as you would imagine. The action is pretty bad, about 11/64 at the 12th fret. Rather than have to mess with a…

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Added by Nathan Peirson on March 1, 2021 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Suspicious e-mail

I received a suspicious email by "Christina A" who advised that she saw my profile on this site and needed to discuss something with me privately.  I still have the email and the links., but did not respond.  Your site may have been compromised.

I have forwarded the email for your review.

Please advise,

George Goumas 

 ______________________________________________________________________…

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Added by George Goumas on February 6, 2021 at 4:31am — No Comments

Neck Reset: Glued Mortise and Tenon Joint on an antique parlor guitar

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Hello. I removed the back of an antique (English?) parlor guitar which needs various repairs, including a neck reset.  I can see that the neck joint is a tightly-fitted, glued mortise and tenon.  The mortise measures 5/16" wide and 1/2" deep.  I've done neck resets, but only on dovetail joints.

Can anyone provide guidance on…

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Added by Larry Houpt on August 23, 2019 at 2:52pm — No Comments

The GUITARLIFT: a FABULOUS and REVOLUTIONARY new “guitar support” product!

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Students: I am Happy to announce a FABULOUS and REVOLUTIONARY new “guitar support” product (I am currently using) which EVERY CLASSICAL GUITARIST SHOULD HAVE — the GUITARLIFT! Originating from the “Genius” of guitarist-creator Felix Justen, and manufactured in Germany to the Highest Standards of “Fit and Finish” the GUITARLIFT’s “Ergonomically Correct Design”  allows the guitarist to maintain Perfect Posture…

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Added by Stanley Alexandrowicz on July 4, 2019 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Luthier Festival

I am proud to announce we will be hosting the Mountain Acoustics Luthier Festival in Burnsville, North Carolina.   Below is a short summary of the festival.  Please let me know if you would like any further information.

GINGER JOHNSON

ginger@yanceychamber.com

chee@mountainacoustics.com 

828-682-7413

 

Join us in Burnsville, North Carolina, on May 24-26 for the 1st Annual Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational.  The inaugural…

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Added by Ginger Johnson on January 24, 2019 at 11:20am — No Comments

ibanez.....

i have nurreled pot knobs but no set screw how do u get them off thank you

Added by joe butkins on December 23, 2018 at 4:42pm — No Comments

squier standard fender tunning key

what can of tunning keys could i put on this squier 2018....Standard????i just gutted the electronics put seymore duncan Hot rails...changed pots ect..... now tunning keys locking i am thinking of getting

Added by joe butkins on September 7, 2018 at 4:36pm — No Comments

prs zach meyers 2017 tone pros 2

av2m tune ros wrap around bridge works awesome for prs se guitars

Added by joe butkins on August 19, 2018 at 10:46am — No Comments

FENDER SN

i cant fing out how old this fender dg8s is??sn....090420688

acoustic guitar fender

Thank you how ever can help me

Added by joe butkins on August 10, 2018 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

prs zach meyers 2017

looking for a sloted stop tail wrench that fits the dia at 15 mm... the have others but only fits 12mm studs

Added by joe butkins on July 10, 2018 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

Takamine Acustic guitar EG54

how can  i shave the saddles down on this guitar....lower the action

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click in the links to see what i mean... TY Joe

Added by joe butkins on June 14, 2018 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Vintage tuner repair

These tuners are from the late 30s and have metal buttons.  I just noticed that one of them has a defective button, as you can see in the picture.  

Has anyone had success in repairing these?  Seems like the metal inside gave way allowing the button to spin over the shaft.  

It's a vintage guitar in near mind condition and I'd really like to keep the tuners.

Thx..Tom…

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Added by onewent on March 30, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments

great fret person

is there a great fret person in the coachella valley? the truss rod will not fix my problem. i suspect the saddle may need to be raised but i'm just a player.

Added by steve lawson on January 3, 2018 at 11:51am — No Comments

More loose binding

I have a 17 year old F5 mandolin with spirit varnish finish.  The celluloid binding on the long curve on the  bass side of the headstock is lifting in the middle.  To complicate, the end of this section was previously re-attached with ACC, about an inch.  The end under the small scroll is still attached.  I'd prefer to reattach this with LMI binding cement which has worked great for me in past applications (including another spot on the same instrument) but I can't get a clean application of…

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Added by LARRY KLOSE on December 7, 2017 at 3:12pm — No Comments

More loose binding

I have a 17 year old F5 mandolin with spirit varnish finish.  The celluloid binding on the long curve on the  bass side of the headstock is lifting in the middle.  To complicate, the end of this section was previously re-attached with ACC, about an inch.  The end under the small scroll is still attached.  I'd prefer to reattach this with LMI binding cement which has worked great for me in past applications (including another spot on the same instrument) but I can't get a clean application of…

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Added by LARRY KLOSE on December 7, 2017 at 9:18am — No Comments

BASS 3/4 size standup (dog house)

I have a K Bass M5 1947 -1948 vintage with laminated top and back. The top is sinking and the back is starting to bulge at the sound post. I would appreciate any ideas on  how to repair this problem. 

Added by Charlie Bowerbank on September 6, 2017 at 3:21pm — No Comments

The 1-2 Punch Of Weight Loss

But what you do want is to strengthen your muscle volume level. The larger your muscles are, the more fat your muscles burn. Fighting obesity means you simply lose weight, and fat lost first is an most unsightly, unwelcome assortment.

You can make the VG Caps Dietary Supplements on your…

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Added by Jhenny Barnes on July 24, 2017 at 3:33am — No Comments

Searching for Info on Washburn 1897 Style New Model Acoustic Guitar

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Added by Lynn Sledge on February 7, 2017 at 8:09am — No Comments

D35 talk about heat prostration oy!!

This came into the shop yesterday, the owner said he kept this guitar buy a space heater! already repaired once . some crackage as you wound expect . Now complete break of the top  at back of the bridge top pulled UP  big cracks  x brace sections unglued

SO my plan is to  remove bridge plate ,, install a new larger bridge plate so there's  glue surface past the brake to glue the top down to . then glue everything back together and installing a martin repair bridge to cover the break …

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Added by peter meyer on December 17, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments

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