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Repair in Hawaii Nei
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This is a situation I ran into in a personal guitar. Insects of unknown specie. The spray will, Ihope, keep the little buggers in check. I wonder does anyone run into this type of thing elsewhere?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Frazier Oct 25, 2016.

ukulele bridge HHG issue
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The recent hide glue discussion has prompted me to get out this old uke, made probably in the 1930s of Koa, and try gluing the bridge again. Last year I carefully located and glued the bridge with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Highland May 23, 2014.

Venerable Martin
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Thank you , Frank for sharing the old Martin with us. This is a welcome addition to the forum. I know that you are busy with everything and appreciate your using some of that precious time to enhance…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Rochow Aug 19, 2011.

old parlor top cleaning
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Anyone have any tips to clean a much sweat and dirt stained Martin parlor top of 1923 vintage? Would it be shellac? A lot of the finish is worn off, leaving dirty raw spruce in places. Thanks for any…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Krebs Jan 29, 2011.


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At 6:00pm on May 18, 2011, Rich Middendorf said…


The guitar is a 1927 Supertone model #488. It is curly mahagony. The finish is original so the varnish is pretty dark. The figure in the wood is amazing, you can see more at this link:

At 11:44pm on June 14, 2011, Grahame Myers said…
Thanks for the nice words Charley :-) Don't worry about being a dilettante, I've been one all my life :-) I'm 57, and I still make new mistakes every day! The trick is to give the customers the impression that you have it all nailed down, although inside your head you're thinking "Shit! How do I get out of this one :-) " Like they used to say about magicians: It's all smoke and mirrors...Take care
At 1:20am on June 29, 2011, Yaron Naor said…

Hi Charley,

Yes there is a science in the box, seens the most travelers guitars play trebble sound without any basses

I develope this so it will have midtones and basses:

Hear here:


Yaron Naor

At 3:27pm on June 29, 2011, Mark Pollock said…
Sorry, no such luck, I'm not related to Ambrose Pollock - as far as I know, NOBODY else in the whole family can play an instrument at all! (Does sound like a neat guy, though.)
At 12:57pm on July 2, 2011, Yaron Naor said…

Can you send me a link to this national tri-cone plectrum , 1930's..Reminiscent shape


Yaron Naor

At 9:21pm on July 2, 2011, Yaron Naor said…

Thanks! I got it, wonderful instrument! 

Have a good weekend, my friend


At 8:51am on July 9, 2011, scott gannon said…
that archtop is the coolest I have ever seen. This will make it all clear
At 9:20am on July 9, 2011, scott gannon said…
Hey Charley, I had the opportunity to buy one of this mans guitars in 1985-86 when I lived near his shop in Clearwater Florida for 1500 bucks! I seem to recall seven ply binding on the body, five ply on the fretboard and headstock. Back of headstock was carved as was the heel. The craftsmanship was sky high. The sound was.......yeah! Could not get the money. Sad but true.
At 8:14pm on January 8, 2015, Frank Ford said…

Charlie  -

I'm not aware of anything there muself


At 2:06pm on January 16, 2017, Roger Häggström said…

Aha! The smal tag picture! Well. A very old photo I picked up on the "net"! Someone made an invention to be able to play the guitar sitting down in the easy chair :-)

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