Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bridge Work

Our client has a very nice Martin guitar. The action is high and the bridge was lifting at the back. More than half of the bridge was intact. So the decision not to pull the bridge was made. A cattle syringe was modified by filing the needle as thin as possible and bending to 30 degrees. Hide glue was pushed into the gap looking for it to ooze from the seams. The smaller image shows the glistening seam of glue after clean up. It will remain in the clamps for 48 hours. Then the action shall be addressed. It's well on the road to playability.

Monday, February 16, 2015

This is so good I had to repost it. Pat Metheny plays "And I Lover Her"

Love this type of playing and the video is good too. Nice to see the fingering and hear the composition. this could be better than the original.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

1959 Fender Stratocaster hardtail

Rod H trusted me with his 1959 Fender Stratocaster for a minor tuneup. Being a artifact of guitar lore the first rue was - Do no harm. My first impulse upon inspecting it was to re-crown the frets and clean the oxidation from the tail. But a cool head prevailed and the mojo since 59 was maintained. Good thing the player in me didn't prevail. My vintage buddies agreed. The case is OHSC tweed classic Fender. I understand a matching tweed amp purchased at the same time accompanies the guitar.  Some smoots wasteland but enough left for the historians. Pots and switches were carefully cleaned to remove the glitches and some new Fender bullet strings installed. Here are a couple of images of the instrument.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015