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by John Scime
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 3053

Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

A series of targeted photos as suggested by Michael Lewis. Thanks for your time!
by John Scime
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 3053

Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

I picked this up a while ago. No identifying labels or stamps. The guitar is similar to old Supertone parlors with abalone purpfling on the bindings and soundhole. Small, with 24 1/8th scale. The headstock looks familiar, but i have never seen a flower inlay like that. The top may have been refinish...
by John Scime
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Stewmac Heatstick
Replies: 1
Views: 1320

Stewmac Heatstick

It seems that some older Weller controllable irons use the same tipsbwas the Weller wes51 that this tool is designed for. Any reason why these old irons wouldnt work?
by John Scime
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1940s Regal 24.25" parlor - made of ...?
Replies: 1
Views: 1405

1940s Regal 24.25" parlor - made of ...?

I assumed this would be birch. Certainly the sides appear to be. But the customer was thinking cedar top based on wear on edge. Whatever it is, it has a fairly tight grain and is quartered. Could it be mahogany? Lots of mahogany guitars during the war when spruce was in short supply. Any information...
by John Scime
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue
Replies: 9
Views: 3404

Re: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue

Length and height would be good enough, as I won't be trying to replicate it, strictly speaking.

If you need a template for a one-piece bridge, let me know. I use the one piece in the winter and tend to switch to an adjustable in the warmer months.

JS
by John Scime
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue
Replies: 9
Views: 3404

Re: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue

Good to hear you got it off. If you ever have the notion to measure or trace the half-circle portion, I could put it to use, as I am thinking of building a replacement for mine. My guard arm is broken just before the half-moon and half-moon and cam clamp are missing. I removed the guard years ago be...
by John Scime
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue
Replies: 9
Views: 3404

Re: 1915 Gibson A pickguard issue

I have a 1916 Gibson A that is almost identical to this. You have a nie instrument, and it is cool that all of the various pieces are still there. There is no easy way to remove the pickguard. The brads that hold it in place are often rusty and stubborn. You have to very gently and patiently pry it ...
by John Scime
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mandolin Scale Length. I think I messed up
Replies: 7
Views: 2670

Re: Mandolin Scale Length. I think I messed up

Depending on the type of music you're into playing, you could do like the old bluesmen such Yank Rachell, and tune it down 3 half-steps. They did this primarily because a lot of blues are played in E and A and this allowed them to take advantage of the mandolin's G and C scale runs, while playing in...
by John Scime
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Did my first non-trussrod neck adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 1654

Re: Did my first non-trussrod neck adjustment

Here is a photo of the Framus made (I think), Beare 'The Grange' branded guitar I have. I'm pretty sure it is Birch 2-ply. The neck has a really nice profile, 24.5" scale, and an interesting german-style fretboard tongue:
by John Scime
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Rebuild
Replies: 13
Views: 4269

Re: Neck Rebuild

Thank you both for answering. I'm getting closer to being read (after sitting on the fence for a lot of years!). js
by John Scime
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Did my first non-trussrod neck adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 1654

Re: Did my first non-trussrod neck adjustment

Any chance you have a photo? I'd like to compare with one I have.

Question - If you had the original plastic bridge, would you have used it?

Thanks.
by John Scime
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck Rebuild
Replies: 13
Views: 4269

Re: Neck Rebuild

I have a bunch of parlor restoration projects on the go, and I've been avoiding this step due to my overly 'healthy' respect for the router. So I really appreciate the photos for this jig design. My question for all using such a jig, is what tips or instruction can you give with respect to siting or...
by John Scime
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: K&K Double Big Twin question
Replies: 5
Views: 5496

Re: K&K Double Big Twin question

Just to add confirmation to what others have said - I have installed K+Ks on 3 acoustics, a resonator and 2 mandolins over the years. Only one of the mandolins was installed with the tape, and those pads were taped to the lacquered top. Sound was ok, but it was much improved by installing inside und...
by John Scime
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: 1960s Teisco Pickups
Replies: 1
Views: 2387

1960s Teisco Pickups

I am slowly restoring an old teisco Rickenbacker 330 copy similar to this one: https://reverb.com/item/326551-vintage-1960s-fandel-beatles-electric-guitar-325-365-rickenbacker-copy-teisco-mij-project-needs-work In addition to refretting and repainted (mine also has serious checking and flaking), I w...
by John Scime
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Salvaging mahogany from old furniture?
Replies: 5
Views: 4913

Salvaging mahogany from old furniture?

Has anyone out there tried salvaging mahogany from old damaged furniture? I was thinking of doing this in order to fashion a few cheap fretboards for some low-value project guitars and mandolins I'm currently working on. The mahogany would come from a bed headboard. Thoughts?

JS
by John Scime
Wed May 30, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1936 Kalamazoo KM-11 Mandolin restoration - fretting over the tongue
Replies: 5
Views: 5592

1936 Kalamazoo KM-11 Mandolin restoration - fretting over the tongue

Hello there. Its been a while ... I'm currently working on this old Gibson made Kalamazoo KM-11. It was a bit of a basket case, with 6 cracks in the top, 2 cracks on the back, a broken brace and very worn frets. As you can see, it is back together and I am in the process of refretting it with banjo ...