Epiphone Tenor Guitar Workpage
"Mr. Epi" himself
19 fret Archtop
From my buddy Martyn:
That would be 1937. 11422 and 11423 were both
Zenith Tenor Guitars so it was probably in a batch.
Repair as needed
Refinish as needed
All bindings have
"Gassed" out and must be replaced
Finish is original , and
Hardware is oxidized, recommend replating (Nickel)
Electrics are inoperable, and non original to the instrument.
It was originally
Other than binding and
finish, body is in VG condition, glue joints look good
Pickup and pickguard
Guard needs polishing
Orig Label intact
fingerboard shows wear and worn frets
Neck angle is good, and
heel is tight to body
Buckle rash on back,
No heel break on neck,
Tuners are functional but oxidized
Plane of neck is flat
Steel reinforced neck is my
Will be good to relevel
when refret takes place
Looking at pointer
Pickup will be tested
and if bad, replaced with a modern substitute unless Anne wants this one rewound
I hope its good and just the
pots are bad
I doubt cleaner will
help these work , it will be better to just replace them with
"like" pots and plug jack
Removing the binding
Easy in some places,
tedious in others.
All stripped down and
ready to discuss a plan of attack
We have discussed it,
and will be going with Refinish, Binding, Replating and
I'll start with
stripping the old finish
I will send off the metal
to ACME plating for new Nickel
We have a Walnut veneer
on the back
You can see the ply's
here and only .020" is Walnut
That light spot is where
they sanded thru the veneer at the factory
Many things can hide
under a dark fade like was on it
It is common to see a
blemish such as this even on modern instruments.
As Luthier's, hiding them
is the challenge.
Next will be the sides,
need some more stripper
The tailpiece is stress
Its too thin to
braze, I will flow some soft solder into it to make it stable
and then off to the plater.
After repair, here is
what is going on to ACME plating
A coat of sealer on the
back just to look at the grain
Getting down thru an
older refinish on the neck, and the original under that one
Starting on the sides
On to the top
Very thick finish, 3 full
strips to get it all off.
Some sort of Varnish, by
Now for the mahogany neck
All cleaned up and ready
.040" white , to simulate
I've glue the binding to
Now a riffler to take
down the high stuff
Shaving to profile, with
all sanded smooth
a coat of sealer, and
will move to the back.
Sides will be profiled
After pressing, starting the leveling process
Complete, now to recrown,
dress the ends, polish the wire...
...and begin the oiling process on the board
Now to mix some color for
My standard Mohawk finish
with aniline dye for coloration
This will be 3 colors to
make the color needed
It just looks like "brown"
in the old finish, but there are MANY colors of brown!
I'll do the back and sides
first, so I'm fine line taping for the work
A fancy tape job to keep the color out
of the interior
That is a little over
spray from the back and side work, it will not matter, I'll
scuff it off and shoot the front
The very subdued sunburst of the Epiphone, or my rendition
I sprayed this coat with my big gun to cover alot of area
I will scuff back the overspray in the center finishing with
And then respray the edges with my small gun with thinned
finish, to give a nice transition
Pulling tape and cleaning up the binding
Doing the edges
Scuffed up and ready for clear coats
Now back to the top, after spraying with the touchup gun
and getting the look I want
Shown with the first coat of clear
Now we can start to see some beauty return.
The holes will remain taped until the final coat of clear, and
then I will work the edges in.
There is "Duality"
in that picture
Epiphone made Triumph's
Now for the neck finish while the body takes on clear.
Electrics are here from
Mike Soares, so that will be installed when its time.Thanks Mike
Final wetsanding completed, ready to machine buff, and hand
polish the places the buffer cannot reach.
It's a delicate operation, buffing a guitar with an attached
Especially an Heirloom.
After buffing, 3 stages of hand compounds.
Plating from ACME arrived.
After 2 wax coats, ready to install Hardware ,and Electrics
from Mike Soares
Ill go with the square cover, trimmed to fit this application
Epoxying cover to pickup
Pick guard will be trimmed to fit
Neck buffed, ready to clean / install orig tuners
Mike had a back
bracket for the armrest that was missing, now it is properly secured
string up for initial tests
New electrics playing sharp and crisp, thanks to Mike Soares
Strung up on GHS strings provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Tuning is DGBE
String gauges are 28-22-14-12
First I will clean it all out and repair the case pocket
Pocket top re-installed
All the old repair tape pulled
Now I will clean up these surfaces, glue the wood backing to
the sides and smooth it all up
Hinges will be steel wooled to accept new black lacquer.
Bottom sealed, ready for lacquer
2 coats to protect it for years to come
It's nice when a Guitar can go with its original case, that is
not common, many were completely ruined by now
I think this project turned out well, and will be able to give
some service to whomever gets to play it.
Now to get it home to Ms.Anne, and move on to the next challenge
Thanks for watching