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by Michael Lewis
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 40
Views: 7415

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Brian Evans, can you tell what type of finish in on your Epiphones? I recall a '40s Broadway model in my shop about 15 years ago that had some issues to sort. The back and top had loose areas and the finish was flaking. The finish was not effected by lacquer thinner, so I surmised it was a varnish, ...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: FP finish repair
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: FP finish repair

There are some people that don't care about other's stuff, and obviously don't care much about guitars. Red cedar is what it is, so either just live with it, put an opaque guard on, or replace the top. Those dents/scratches are there in the wood.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin bass guitar
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: Martin bass guitar

You might call Customer Service Dept. at the Martin factory and ask where you might find such specs. That is what I would have had to do when I was a service center. I never came across one of these so I have no notes about them. You will need the serial number as well as the mode number at hand whe...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?

A button on your clothing can contact the instrument and buzz at certain pitches.
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?

Oh yeah, you have to isolate the buzz before you can fix it. That can be an entertaining process. Without hearing the particular buzz I can only offer some ideas of where to look. Tuning machines: buttons can loosen, washers under the bushing on the face of the headstock, loose bushing, loose screw ...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Banjola buzz fixing and new tailpiece/bridge?

Have you looked at the Stewart/MacDonald catalog?

You want a glue on type bridge with no pins? Maybe more like a classical guitar bridge? What sort of structure is on the inside of the soundboard? 5/8" is pretty tall for a glue on, but much more realistic for a floating bridge.
by Michael Lewis
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project
Replies: 64
Views: 91890

Re: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project

Thank you Mark, I used to spend a lot of time here, kinda blowing off my problems of the day. It was sort of a refuge at times where I could relax with solving other people's problems. Repair work is a problem solving process with a bit of work to get it done. I love your "Garbage in, Compost out". ...
by Michael Lewis
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Alvarez “bridge”
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: Alvarez “bridge”

If you are operating a repair service the Bridge Saver from StewMac can be a real money maker. I used to charge $25 per hole, or $100 for repairing the whole bridge plate. It sure beats removing and replacing the whole bridge plate. The exception would be if the hole has been excessively eroded, in ...
by Michael Lewis
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Re: Body vise

Very nice idea! You have used some ingenuity to solve a particular problem(sanding) and come away with something even more useful in general repair work. I do have a suggestion to bear in mind; that when clamping a guitar body you can apply clamping pressure along the very edges, both front to back ...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project
Replies: 64
Views: 91890

Re: MIMF Archtop Guitar Project

Wow! Almost three years since the last post! I guess this project is hibernating, looks too good to be dead. My apology to all for dropping out when I did, but Life circumstances had redirected my efforts. Now I can come up for some air but in a much diminished state. My business is closed, my state...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Alvarez “bridge”
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: Alvarez “bridge”

Have fun with the StewMac Bridge Saver. It is a very good tool for this application.
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?

David, you say one wood is standing proud, is that because it has shrunk more than the adjacent wood? If that is the case then there likely is shear stress along the whole glue joint if it hasn't already let go. Just trying to visualize the situation, to re-do the joint would require a lot of work b...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 2
Views: 248

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 Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 40
Views: 7415

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

The granular texture of the metal at the crack is due to work hardening and fatigue. The crack is only part of the condition, but it should become annealed (made 'dead soft') if you use silver solder. Lots of tail pieces have cracked like this, they need to be annealed to prevent the metal from deve...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Alvarez “bridge”
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: Alvarez “bridge”

Is there a pick up involved? Putting a hardwood cap on the bridge plate can reduce the tone and volume quality. I heartily agree with the StewMac Bridge Saver tool to save the bridge plate. If this guitar has been like this for 16 years why do anything to it? The design looks to be rather difficult ...
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: Need bridge thickness for 76 Gibson J-45/50

Most Gibson bridges I have seen are 1/4" thick. Martin are 5/16" now, used to b e 3/8".
by Michael Lewis
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 22912

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

I love the 0, 00, and 000 Martins. Most are wonderful players, or can be if set up properly. This is a really good thread, thanks.
by Michael Lewis
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 22912

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Yes, I read all that, and it made me think about some of the jobs I have done on really far gone instruments. Did you ever get one in a paper bag? But the point is the feeling you get when the job is complete and presented to the customer, and (s)he begins glowing about it. When you get an instrumen...
by Michael Lewis
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 22912

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Gentlemen, I just stuck my nose in here and found this thread, so I have been reading for the last hour to catch up on this project. Having had some experience with Martin as a Service Center for 20 years, and old guitars, especially Martins, I must say BRAVO! to your efforts and results. That being...
by Michael Lewis
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: National Statistics for Luthier Wages
Replies: 12
Views: 14700

Re: National Statistics for Luthier Wages

In reality, one needs to have the skills to do excellent work in order to demand good 'wages'. I started out by making an instrument and thought that was how I would make my living, but Reality rushed in and told me that I needed better skills, a better work ethic, someone to sell, and a bookkeeper....