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by Rob Carty
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

One more. I gave Jesse Dayton access to my Google Drive and he posted one of my pics on Instagram. It gives a little more history on this very interesting instrument. (He gets the year wrong, but he hasn't owned it in decades.)
by Rob Carty
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck pocket without any routing?
Replies: 9
Views: 8185

Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Jeff -- By Jove, that's it!!

I bow to your Googling skills; this video has been eluding me for over a year. I've now bookmarked this video and hereby thank you profusely! Awesome! :D
by Rob Carty
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

LOL ... small world. So do you and I have one or two degrees of guitar separation?
by Rob Carty
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

One more notable thing about this guitar. You can see it in action on Pam Tillis's "Spilled Perfume" video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seXH9zr9LPc
by Rob Carty
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

Here's a pic. I added a bit of saturation so you can see the figuring ... and 63 years of sweat stains. Like I said, this baby has gigged all over the planet.
by Rob Carty
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

Well, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, we decided to see how she'd do with 009-gauge strings (which is what my buddy usually uses) and a Synchro-Sound bridge he'd bought before bringing it over to me. The bridge was a touch too high, so I removed the thumbwheels and used some thin washers a...
by Rob Carty
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck pocket without any routing?
Replies: 9
Views: 8185

Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

So I'm not crazy after all. If any clues occur to you, please let me know!
by Rob Carty
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

LOL, it so happens I have half a dozen friends who are dentists ... :)
by Rob Carty
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck pocket without any routing?
Replies: 9
Views: 8185

Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Oh I agree, I could probably figure out my own way in a jiffy! But there was something about the way this guy did it that I meant to bookmark (but failed to). Hence my desire to track it down. I wish I could recall his name. All I can recall is he was older, probably on the far side of middle age, b...
by Rob Carty
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck pocket without any routing?
Replies: 9
Views: 8185

Neck pocket without any routing?

Okay, I'm at my wit's end here. Years ago, I saw a video of a guy who fashioned perfect neck pocket without cutting or carving anything. Honestly, I think it may have been here on MIMF -- but I'll be darned if I can find it. Long story short, the guy fashioned the neck joints by gluing the body piec...
by Rob Carty
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

Quick update ... no real progress on the nut. I've heated, I've cooled, I've lubed. I've used PB Blaster, I've used melted wax. I've used clockwise torque and counterclockwise torque. I've even considered trying reverse psychology on the thing. It hasn't budged. I've still got a few tries left in me...
by Rob Carty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

This fretboard is solid rosewood ... about 3/16" thick at the crown.

Also, I can't thank everyone enough for this guidance! :D
by Rob Carty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

Good question, LOL! But luck appears to be on my side this time. Left it overnight and still stout.
by Rob Carty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

I did the penetrating oil/soldering iron thing, but so far, no luck. But I'm not giving up that easily and I'm in no hurry. I thought I'd try soaking the nut in PB Blaster, but of course you can't just dunk the headstock into a vat of the stuff. It so happens that my kids have these oversized drinki...
by Rob Carty
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

Thanks, Barry! I hope you weathered Harvey okay. We got some water in the street, which made us more than a little nervous, but it all flowed away as designed. Not so for the people in the other section of my neighborhood, north of Briar Forest near Buffalo Bayou. They were all mandatorily evacuated...
by Rob Carty
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

Re: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

Wow, thanks for the quick turnaround! I'll try to do that this week and report back. Cheers, y'all.
by Rob Carty
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck
Replies: 26
Views: 21818

1954 Gretsch Truss Rod & Neck

All -- A friend of mine has asked me to fix up some electricals on a highly modified 1954 Gretsch Country Club. He also wants me to adjust the truss rod if possible. (He bought this instrument from Jesse Dayton years ago!) Anyway, having carefully investigated the truss-rod situation on this 63-year...
by Rob Carty
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tremolo Preference
Replies: 16
Views: 11057

Re: Tremolo Preference

Barry, I hope you made it through Hurricane Harvey okay. We managed to emerge unscathed, but many friends did not. I have an old mid-80s Charvel that has the original Kahler trem -- uh, vibr -- uh, whammy bar , with the locking nut. It withstood all the abuse I gave it back in college, did its job, ...
by Rob Carty
Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st Guitar build - father/son project
Replies: 77
Views: 36023

Re: 1st Guitar build - father/son project

Cool project. Cy-Woods? I'm a Westfield man myself. :)
by Rob Carty
Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Paul Rhoney's Latest Builds
Replies: 82
Views: 58523

Re: Paul Rhoney's Latest Builds

Paul -- Congrats on making the cover of Premier Guitar!