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by Thomas Wentzel
Wed May 06, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 3350

Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

That's a Harmony, from the 30s, I've had a few like it, and am working on one now with similar inlays.
Tom
by Thomas Wentzel
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Steam generation
Replies: 8
Views: 3403

Re: Steam generation

I've been using the coffee machine with success for a good number of years, but I made one simple modification to control the pressure by putting a brass 'release' or 'bypass' valve inline. That way I can dial down the pressure of the steam to preserve a delicate finish, or open it up to blast out g...
by Thomas Wentzel
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 5103

Re: Forcing steeper break angle over saddle on stella-type guitar

Six string guitars with tailpieces aren't typically 'notched', but on this guitar it is the most efficient way to get what you want. Otherwise, it would require a neck reset to get enough down pressure on the bridge to prevent the string slippage. Also, check your tuning, be sure it's up to A440 ten...
by Thomas Wentzel
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Sta-Tites won't stay tight
Replies: 2
Views: 3126

Re: Sta-Tites won't stay tight

Thanks, Daryl .. I actually was messing around with it yesterday, and I simply put the shaft on a vise, and whacked it with a hammer a few times to flatten the tab a bit. Then I pressed the button back on in my vise. Seems tight, and works well.

If it loosens I'll likely go the solder route.

Tom
by Thomas Wentzel
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Sta-Tites won't stay tight
Replies: 2
Views: 3126

Sta-Tites won't stay tight

Greetings, I have a guitar with the 30s Grover 'Sta-Tite tuners with metal buttons. The button spins on the shaft. Normally, on a plastic button, I'd likely flatten the 'wing' of the shaft a bit and re-insert, or just put on a new button. Has anyone had success repairing the original metal button? ....
by Thomas Wentzel
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a write-off archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 22611

Re: Restoration of a write-off archtop

Nice story, you show lots of patience to a guitar many would dismiss! How'd that little Hoover work as a steamer?
by Thomas Wentzel
Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Early '30s Dobro tuners
Replies: 4
Views: 4196

Re: Early '30s Dobro tuners

Try Steve Kovacik, he sells lots of tuners at his website. Tom

http://www.guitar-repair.com
by Thomas Wentzel
Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard
Replies: 20
Views: 20216

Re: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard

Thanks, Michael, I see the mahogany now in your first picture. Tom
by Thomas Wentzel
Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard
Replies: 20
Views: 20216

Re: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard

Chris ... yes, they are fun guitars with their own unique sound, especially piercing for slide. The bodies like this are actually all solid birch, not mahogany, like you mentioned. Maybe you meant birch? They're usually birch body with a softish basswood or poplar neck with a dyed fingerboard and br...
by Thomas Wentzel
Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Stauffer style guitar needs restoration. Any clues on the maker?
Replies: 13
Views: 10762

Re: Stauffer style guitar needs restoration. Any clues on the maker?

You could also post it in the vintage section of http://www.umgf.com, lots of knowledge over there. Looks worthy for restoration regardless of the maker. Tom
by Thomas Wentzel
Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard
Replies: 20
Views: 20216

Re: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard

Michael, they're not bar frets, just really tall and thin 't' frets from the old days. Today we might call them banjo or mandolin frets. Many players don't like them, because they don't round off too well, and impede sliding the hand up the fretboard because of their height. I don't think frets of t...
by Thomas Wentzel
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard
Replies: 20
Views: 20216

Re: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard

No steam makes life simpler, for sure. One other note on these catalog guitars with the punky necks, they often have so much relief from string pull that, after a neck set, there's a lot of buzz. What I've done is, if it's a really nice guitar, like yours, I'll pull the board, heat press the neck fl...
by Thomas Wentzel
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard
Replies: 20
Views: 20216

Re: Re-setting Neck with Faux Pearl Fretboard

Hi All ... I've removed many of these catalog guitar necks over the years. With a birch body and dry hide glue, I find I can just work a smooth, rounded spatula under the extension w/o heat or any liquid. Works on spruce tops too, but you'll need to be a bit more careful. Often the neck will come ou...
by Thomas Wentzel
Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?
Replies: 7
Views: 5596

Re: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?

Michael, I have a valve in line where I can let the bulk of the steam 'blow off' and only allow a gentle puff into the steam hole. This is the main reason. Second is the steam inside the body is basically air borne and therefore mostly benign to the glue. I also typically do a very short steam event...
by Thomas Wentzel
Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?
Replies: 7
Views: 5596

Re: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?

Fred, I'm late to the party, but the Bruno should have the pocket right below the 13th fret just like a Martin or Gibson. No need to pull the tongue, and before I would ever do that, my second option would be to hit the pocket through the neck block on the inside. Tom
by Thomas Wentzel
Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Mandolin ID
Replies: 10
Views: 7716

Re: Mandolin ID

This mandolin came from one of the shops of the so-called 'Italian Luthier Guild' of makers working in NYC in the first quarter of the 20th century. Cerrito, Iucci, and DiAngelico (the most famous) are some of the names, but there were dozens of them. Many worked across the river in Jersy City at th...
by Thomas Wentzel
Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 18306

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Chris, it was a 'seat of the pants' creation, build around the dimensions of the stewmac dremel slotting guide, and the basic shapes of necks I'd slot. I'd made a few improvements over time, too. Not hard to make. Just use the slotting guide as a guide, as it were, for basic dimensions, and a trip t...
by Thomas Wentzel
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 18306

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Hi Steve, glad the moisture fattened the heel up again, those punky neck are like a sponge. Yes, StuMac sells the carbon rods, but I've been buying them in more quantity and cheaper at dragonplate dot com. Here's a link to pics of the jig I made to hold the neck flat, and enables me to use my dremel...
by Thomas Wentzel
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 18306

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

That's what I'd do, no stress .. in the end you'll bring one back from the dead and enjoy playing it some, then move on to the next! Tom
by Thomas Wentzel
Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 18306

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Hi Steve .. I may be late to the party here, but here's what I find with the type of 'catalog' guitars you have there. More often than not, you don't need heat to release the extension. I check for runout, and then simply use my thinned spatula to work my way under. Just take your time, and work you...