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by Steve Woods
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjolele with holes in skin
Replies: 8
Views: 3703

Re: Banjolele with holes in skin

Tom, I just bought a new calf skin for my banjo mandolin (previous topic) from StewMac. It is way bigger than I need. Would you like me to mail you a piece of scrap to use for patching those holes?
by Steve Woods
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjo Dowel Stick Angle Adjust?
Replies: 3
Views: 1827

Re: Banjo Dowel Stick Angle Adjust?

Thanks Paul. All good advice. I like your "stick adjuster". If I resort to that I'll have to saw 1/4" off the stick because it is currently mortised into the pot about that far.
by Steve Woods
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjo Dowel Stick Angle Adjust?
Replies: 3
Views: 1827

Banjo Dowel Stick Angle Adjust?

The angle of the dowel stick on this early 1920's Ditson "Victory" Vega banjo/mandolin is way off. I'd like to correct it. How do I steam, soak, or heat the dowel out of the heel without separating the 2 piece neck and fingerboard? I definitely want to preserve the original dowel stick...
by Steve Woods
Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Yet Another Concertone Parlor Guitar
Replies: 1
Views: 2430

Yet Another Concertone Parlor Guitar

This is the third Concertone (Montgomery Ward's) "parlor" size guitar that I have come across now. This one would have been the top of the line in their 1920's lineup of mail order catalog guitars with mahogany 2 piece back and sides and straight tight spruce grain top with MOP inlays in the rosewoo...
by Steve Woods
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Trying to bend Douglas fir
Replies: 7
Views: 5216

Re: Trying to bend Douglas fir

I've worked with fir a lot over the years in my finish carpentry work. It is very difficult to work with. It is brittle, splintery, unstable, and definitely not suitable for the making of musical instruments!
by Steve Woods
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 17965

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

So here it is... http://home.mpinet.net/~timmyhaha/concertone13.jpg The soft basswood neck is now straight and with the one CF rod down the middle has ,so far, not deflected at all when brought up to pitch with a set of .011-.052 strings. This basket case was described by the seller as a "wall hange...
by Steve Woods
Wed May 27, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 17965

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

I was just going to put one in the middle.
by Steve Woods
Tue May 26, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 17965

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Okay, I have some 1/8" X 3/8" carbon fiber rod to inlay into the neck. Should I use a 1/8" bit for a tight press fit or a 3/16" bit for enough room for glue?
by Steve Woods
Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 17965

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Mark, you're right. I am amazed at how much the wood sprang back! A little light sanding and it'll look good as new.
Tom, where would I find some of that carbon rod? Stew Mac?
by Steve Woods
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 17965

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Well, I did manage to wiggle the neck off without heat or steam but not very cleanly I'm afraid. I am not dealing with old brittle dried out original hide glue but, rather, the mindless mangling of a previous moron who had apparently used a combination of everything from jb weld to monkey snot tryin...
by Steve Woods
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 17965

Re: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Thanks Michael, I believe I will try your technique especially since no one here has offered any better advice so far. That first earlier Concertone was my very first neck re-set. Your input was very valuable in helping me pull that one off successfully. That was an unbound neck. I think this one ma...
by Steve Woods
Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 23
Views: 17965

Another 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Some of you guys gave me a lot of helpful information and advice on the Montgomery Ward's mail order Concertone guitar in this thread and I really do appreciate and thank you for it: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2654 I have just acquired another one that needs a lot of work. Here's ...
by Steve Woods
Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 19
Views: 12264

Re: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Thanks Mark, yes I was very relaxed...half drunk would be more accurate. I do wish I would have straightened that neck while I had it off. The hypodermic needles are for available at farm and home type stores that carry veterinary supplies like Tractor Supply Co. http://www.tractorsupply.com/ I boug...
by Steve Woods
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 19
Views: 12264

Re: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

Well, I managed to successfully re-set the neck with no problems. I made an iron based on the Stewmac one in the catalog but unlike theres mine only cost a couple of bucks and is heavier. The cappucino machine came from a thrift store for $2.50 and the hypodermic syringe came from Tractor Supply for...
by Steve Woods
Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Differences in batches of Hide Glue
Replies: 34
Views: 14648

Re: Differences in batches of Hide Glue

How long should a mixed batch of glue be good for if kept regrigerated? Nor frozen but kept at about 40 degrees?
by Steve Woods
Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1920's Washburn? Repair Project
Replies: 2
Views: 1775

1920's Washburn? Repair Project

While I'm still trying to gear up and get enough nerve to do a neck reset on the old 'Concertone'... http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2654 ...another interesting old guitar comes my way from a different branch of the family... http://home.mpinet.net/~timmyhaha/raghounds.jpg The top has ...
by Steve Woods
Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 19
Views: 12264

Re: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

I think my wife's uncle may have the original photograph which might show better detail than this scan we lifted off their geneological web page. I just now e-mailed him about it but may not hear back for a few days because of family matters. Meanwhile I have done a few basic repairs. The top is in ...
by Steve Woods
Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project
Replies: 19
Views: 12264

Re: 'Concertone' Parlor Guitar Project

The white binding would probably be celluloid you think? If so I wonder how it has held up so well?
by Steve Woods
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Differences in batches of Hide Glue
Replies: 34
Views: 14648

Re: Differences in batches of Hide Glue

Getting ready for my first attempt at brewing up a batch of hide glue:

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