Tenor Guitar Workpage
Mahogany - Spruce Body - Maple neck
This was on my "Projects
for sale" page a long time.
So if you saw it there,
its now in process.
Old warhorse with home
made pick guard that is too thick and ugly
Some holes on body
Had trapeze tailpiece
A few small cracks to seal
Will go thru fingerboard and refinish neck
Holes all to be sealed
I'm making a player here,
not some collectable so if you can bear with some patina, it
will be a good bargain 20's Parlor TG
Around 20-21 " scale, will
see when its together
Remove neck for reset with new steeper angle
Level fingerboard, add new inlay, refret,
Glue up small cracks
Remove old pickguard and replace
They glued the other pickguard on over some old damage from
Then damage from, old pick guard removal, and some by me just
getting the floor tile off of it.
Was glued with something beside hide glue or aliphatic based
glue, heat did no good.
70 percent alcohol , Acetone, nothing would loosen it so it was
flat blade and chip away at it
Drilled in to loosen heel joint for removal, pumping alcohol
down to soften the hide glue
Frets will be pulled on extension and heat iron applied
A pretty clean removal
After sanding as much as prudent, Going forth with Sunburst
Sunburst will help hide a few defects
Some thin tortoise will be used
Just enough to cover the main eyesore
Taped for the final tints and clear coats
back faded and scraped back to the white edge
Neck with added side markers, inlaid with split squares
set as diamonds.
Simple Diamond theme inlay in peghead from things in my MOP box.
Fretted, and extension is now "fluted" not straight across the
I like that look personally and no one can play full chords
2 more clear coats for both pieces and it will be time to
wetsand and buff the pieces and reset the neck.
Then I can continue with fret leveling and setup
Mock Up of its new look
After prebuffing the pieces, reattachment of the neck
After a few hours in setup, I decided since you cannot play over
the extension I wanted to go "flush fret" here so I pulled the
wire and went back with .020 white celluloid
It will improve the tone since the extension was never playable
on this instrument anyway even with a full leveling, it just has
a little rise that I could have caught up to if Id leveled the
bottom 7 almost to nothing
I like this look and have done it before and it will help tone
down at the 3rd position.
Strung to pitch on 30-24-13-10 for now, sound is good and clear.
I used a modern tailpiece with vintage style, new geared tuners,
nice vintage bridge, and original wood nut.
I will let it set now another day with no tension, then Give it
a final buffing, tweaking, and it will be ready for KC to give
it a test run
I think it plays nicely, happy about that.
But only time will tell as it settles into a groove, gets some
vibes back in it to open the tone back up, etc.
A nice little parlor tenor makes it back to the world.
Thanks for watching
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