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Vitage Classical Guitar **UPDATED- NEW PHOTOS**

I have a guitar that I inherited from my grandmother about 10 years ago. She told me a long time ago that the guitar was left to her by a boyfriend she had back in her 20's. She was supposed to hold onto it for him and he would return to get it back from her. He gotten it handed down to him from his father. From her story and her age at passing and her approximate age of obtaining the guitar, I date it to be from the 1940's or later. My grandmother had spilled white paint inside it along time… Continue

Added by Roi Weber on May 7, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

L-5 1/2 - S almost done

Inspired by the Gibson L6-S - 3/4" hard maple, 1/2" big leaf maple top, bubinga fretboard and neck laminations with maple, lollar p-90's, varitone & hack-o-matic wiring.…


Added by Penql on May 2, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Drilling for endpin jack--Mandolin

I am on a quest to put a pickup in my mandolin (F5). I've looked at several but am currently leaning toward the K & K internal. The pickups themselves look relatively easy to install, but the endpin hole will need drilling out to accomodate the jack. The question is whether it's necessary to remove the tailpiece (traditional Gibson-style) in order to drill it or whether I can get away with drilling with the TP installed. Varnish finish, Unicorn and Mustang… Continue

Added by LARRY KLOSE on May 1, 2009 at 9:15am — No Comments

converting loop end string to ball end string

I'm in the process of converting an old archtop into a mandocello, using a 12 string tailpiece and need some advise about how to convert the loop end strings to ball end without wrecking some new strings to get the cylinder out. Thank you for your time and assistance.

Added by Mark Thone on April 4, 2009 at 10:04am — No Comments

Guide to guitar dating

While I've been collecting info for a while I thought it was time to summarise and write someting. I'd be grateful for feedback on my first article...


Added by jedistar on April 4, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Virtual Music Instrument Museum

check out my virtual music instrument museum. i'm constantly adding new items from my collection.
Thank you,

Added by michael butler on April 2, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

New Experimental Traveler Guitar

My new concept for traveler guitar small but wild...…


Added by Yaron Naor on March 23, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Warped soundboard

Warped soundboard repair, straighten or replace?

Added by Jerry Ryan on February 22, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

New Walls on The Guitar Wall

There are quite a few new walls (29 now) on The Guitar Wall... if you have a few minutes (or a lot more), I encourage you to explore... and possibly acquire your own permanent space if appropriate... check out...

The 800 Faces of Guitar

We're giving away 800 wall spaces to players and folks in the business... get your free space today.…


Added by Jeffrey D Brown on February 21, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Martin HD-28 pickguard

Good morning folks,

I was hoping to get some feedback from you guys about a project I am working on. I have a new HD-28 and I'd like to remove the existing pickguard and replace it with a new one that has some custom inlay on it. The question I have is that the new pickguard looks great, but the finish is flat because it was sanded down during the inlay process. Any suggestions on how i might be able to get that glossy look back while maintaining the integrity of the… Continue

Added by MFamily on February 12, 2009 at 6:52am — No Comments


Hi everyone I am James I have be pro-toe-typing and designing guitars for the past 3 years and have just started building my first proper guitar.

Added by James O'Brien on February 11, 2009 at 11:45am — No Comments

Headstock crack with a glue failure.

Hello everyone! I need some advice here from the glue specialists.

I have received a Michael Kelly acoustic bass guitar with a cracked peghead. Not much different from the classic Gibson crack, but here's the skinny: it was repaired using hide glue -and failed.

I guess I could use cyanoacrilate glue, since its lower viscosity can reach deeper into the crack, but I'm afraid it won't reach the wood but the previous hide glue instead. Is there a way to remove the old hide… Continue

Added by Alexander López on February 10, 2009 at 6:17am — No Comments

stripped truss rod nut

workin on a gibson acoustic with a stripped tuss rod nut, any suggestions on getting it off ?

Added by Mark Dobbins on January 19, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments



Added by BILL on January 19, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Ancient Martin repair question(s)

Hi Frank - I read with great interest your article on the restoration of your 1887 Martin parlor guitar. I recently inherited a very similar model, with very similar (though not so severe) issues (it too was strung with steel, and improperly stored for awhile). I'm in NYC, and had thought to drive out to Nazareth,PA to ask the folks at Martin about repairing my guitar. It's occurred to me though that, as with cars, the dealership isn't necessarily the best place to haul your beloved heirloom… Continue

Added by Andrew Black on January 7, 2009 at 9:07am — No Comments


Ive posted some photos of my repair work on Enjoy...


Added by Marc Prave on November 16, 2008 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Greetings from The Guitar Wall

Thanks to Frank for creating this network!

We invite you to visit The Guitar Wall. There is nothing else like it. Over 325 wall spaces acquired so far and still growing. Comprised of 22 walls on 5 independent platforms, The Guitar Wall is a stunning visual resource that is both engaging and efficient. As a marketing vehicle, it is simple and highly effective.

Are you ready to BE WALL?

Added by Jeffrey D Brown on November 16, 2008 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Richard Gilewitz hits the Wall

We're happy to announce that guitarist Richard Gilewitz has acquired personal wall space on the new Guitar Players Wall... His space is located on the Fingerstyle Wall...

The Guitar Players Wall is part of The Guitar Wall… Continue

Added by Jeffrey D Brown on November 16, 2008 at 2:28pm — No Comments

How to irritate the guitar repairman in your life.

How to irritate the guitar repairman in your life.

Let's face it. We've all had days where we've sat around just wondering "how can I annoy my guitar repairman?" Well, friends, seek no further, because I've compiled a list of the 10 most effective ways of giving the repairman a migraine. Read on:

1. Ask "Do you fix guitars?" Second only to the classic "Do you work here?", this question is most effective when he's sitting at his work bench bent over a guitar in deep… Continue

Added by Dan O'Callaghan on August 15, 2008 at 6:55pm — No Comments

side bending

I need help in getting cupping out of a indian rosewood side I bent, I have tried to reheat and clamp but to no positive result

Added by steve heimbigner on August 6, 2008 at 5:48pm — No Comments

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