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by Ryan Mazzocco
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Gibson/Kasha encounter in less than a year?
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Another Gibson/Kasha encounter in less than a year?

Okay, so I have got to the the bottom of this. After a few conversations with the good people at Gibson, they didn't have any helpful information. So I talked to Joe at Gruhn Guitars. He knew all about these guitars. Turns out my suspicions about this guitar were pretty right on. This guitar was in ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom 45 Style
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Custom 45 Style

Glad that you have such a happy customer! I like the sunburst. Which elements will you be bringing forward into your regular offerings? Thanks For one, the use of shell. I've never used shell as inlay material before. I've always just used wood, but I really liked the shell; it was a lot easier to ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Gibson/Kasha encounter in less than a year?
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Another Gibson/Kasha encounter in less than a year?

Another little piece of the puzzle... I knew that when I researched these the first time that they only made these from 76 through 78. The serial number on this one indicates that it was made in February of 76, making this a VERY early model in this series. Maybe even before they actually went to pr...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom 45 Style
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Custom 45 Style

A few more pics...
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by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom 45 Style
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Custom 45 Style

I haven't posted any of my creations is quite a while. I just finished this one last week. It was a custom commission build for a local artist. We worked together on the design, mostly his ideas he brought to the table with a little inspiration from some of my standard designs. It's largely based on...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 549

Re: This got me mad!

Dang, you're tough. Please don't watch any of my videos. (seriously) I encounter "bad repairs" all the time. I really try hard to not criticize. I don't know what experience, resources, tools, etc, that the guy before me had. I know I've made some poor decisions in some repairs I've attempted in the...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Gibson/Kasha encounter in less than a year?
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Another Gibson/Kasha encounter in less than a year?

A few months ago I had a customer bring me a late 70s Gibson MK35. It needed cracks and bracing on the back repiared. It's one of those experimental Kasha bracing style guitars. So in the process of working on that guitar I learned about that experiment. There weren't very many of them made. It was ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pecan for acoustic guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: Pecan for acoustic guitar

I was told that the hardwood floors in our hundred year old farm house were pecan. I've never tried to verify that. They are beautiful. Yeah, I've seen it used for flooring too. Not an entire floor, but I've seen it used as accents or borders with other species. If it's stable enough for a hardwood...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Split Saddle Bridge and Nut for Intonation
Replies: 6
Views: 768

Re: Split Saddle Bridge and Nut for Intonation

I think it's a really cool concept. New things like this are really hard for people to wrap their brains around. You're used to seeing a one piece solid nut with 6 slots. Anything else just jumps out as weird to the eye until it's around long enough for people to get used to. I think people are fina...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pecan for acoustic guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Pecan for acoustic guitar

Hey all. I have a client, repeat customer, that is wanting me to build him a guitar out of some Pecan lumber that he has that came from his property. I don't know anything about the specific wood that he has, I'm waiting to get more info about the stock itself, but just in generalities, what can I e...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

Re: Crack repair

Barry Daniels wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:50 pm
If you put shellac in the crack then the CA will not have any place to go.

If you don't want the CA to wick so far into the wood and discolor it, then you might consider using a thicker formulation of CA.
That's a fair point. I did use the thin CA.
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

Re: Crack repair

In response to Ryan Mazzocco's question, HHG for structural crack repairs in the wood. Finish is it's own thing, and effects how light reflects. A particularly noticeable problem is discoloration along a crack. This is often due to dirt or some other substance getting into the wood fiber, especiall...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

Re: Crack repair

Hot hide glue and rub it in. A bit too late for that now. A serious point about cracks under finish: hide glue shows the least of any glue. CA can make a structural repair, but is more difficult to camouflage. The issue with the CA is it is nearly impossible to reverse it without seriously damaging...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: vintage replacement parts
Replies: 2
Views: 1536

vintage replacement parts

Hey everyone. So right now I've got a very interesting little instrument on the bench. It's a 1926 Martin T-18 Tiple. Most of the tuners are in pretty good shape and function quite well. They are arranged 5 on a plate, slotted headstock style. 2 of the individual tuners are missing the gear and the ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Soprano ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 2138

Re: Soprano ukulele

Nice! These 2 instruments look like they must be cousins :D
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"
Replies: 3
Views: 2373

Re: Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"

Got the Email back from Godin. Just in case anyone else wanted to know...

"Hi Ryan,

Seagull guitars have a water based polyurethane finish.

Regards,

Michel Bélanger
support clients/customer service
Godin Guitars"

So there you have it.
by Ryan Mazzocco
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"
Replies: 3
Views: 2373

Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"

Hey gang. So this time I have a Seagull S6 original on the bench. First of all, yes I know they aren't worth that much. We sell them at our store so I know what they're worth. But the customer really loves his guitar and is willing to pay the price I quoted. So here we go.... so, here's what happene...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 7947

Re: arctop side crack

And finally the (almost) finished product... I used nitro with tobacco tint. Had to go pretty dark to get it to match up. But I think that actually made it easier. Then I scraped the bindings clean leaving a nice bright white which I aged up a little by spraying a bit of amber tinted lacquer to matc...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 7947

Re: arctop side crack

Okay, I've been away from this project for a while. finally got back at it and it's about finished up so I thought I'd post and update a little bit. RK93.jpg I got the cleats all put in. now it's time for the splint. I used a piece of Mahogany binding and bent it to fit the side. RK94.jpg then I slo...