1939 Gibson J-55. Neck set, re-fret, and other things. Work performed by very highly respected and well known man in your industry. The lacquer cracked. Yeah sure. Damage is into the wood. My…Continue
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Hey folks. Need refret on a es 335. North Georgia area. Any contacts? Thank you in advance.Continue
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Hey folks. Got a washburn needs bridge reglue. Any advice on clamp cauls. Looking at stew-macs or lmi has the fox bridge clamp that looks like a winner for a rookie. Thank you all in advance.
Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Mitchell Sep 18, 2011.
OK my beloved '39 J55 is being eaten by mold. How can I kill it? Every year it gets worse, so it seems. I have cleaned the exterior with naptha, but the interior needs something and I don't know what…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by scott gannon Aug 7, 2011.
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Scott, don't feel bad about the Ovation bashing! People just have their opinions. Some good tips there , though. But ,wow , that archtop! What's the story on it? I'm thinking that is sitka spruce from a marine worm eaten log. It is absolutely amazing! What's bracing like? Etc.?
Thank you in advance for your response.
Thanks Scott - much appreciated. The "Black Tiger" is a favorite where ever I take it and I rarely see it again because someone is playing the thing... until I want to leave... I built it in 2006 I believe and at that time we did not have any other examples that I knew of of guitars built with Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle. So it was a bit of an experiment in terms of the tonewood but turned out very well. It's VERY loud and louder than most dreads and with the modern 25.4 scale there is lots of energy to drive the thin top. The top is master grade and when I decided to paint it was NOT because of any flaws of mistakes but instead because a black top is historically accurate on 1937 L-OOs which the guitar is loosely patterned after. I was looking to show off the spots on the Tiger Myrtle but also do a modern looking "drop top look" on this one too with the black top matching the black spots in the TM. I frequently like to go to the trouble of only using real wood for bindings and then to instead of contrasting the bindings as many makers do I wanted to hide the bindings almost as if the guitar is unbound. So... the back is bound in tiger myrtle and the top is bound in ebony and the ebony is not painted. In direct sunlight you can see the ebony bindings but the rest of the time it looks like a 1/4" thick drop top.
I used tapered and very light bracing on this one because it was never intended to be for sale and knowing as I do that gloss black shows off any imperfections all too well.
In terms of tone it's lush with lots of overtones, for some types of music too much in the way of overtones in my view but it has more of a rosewood tone with a mahogany projection. The fretboard is bound in TM as well and the bridge pins are snakewood which is almost a perfect match for the TM.
There is a whole page devoted to this guitar on my sight www.heshtone.com if you are interested and thanks again for your comments, Scott!
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