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re: I repaired one of Johnny Cash's guitars! - TheFretShack
It sounds and plays simply incredible post-repair. We players would fall in love with it even not knowing its history or previous lineage. I was able to dial in very low action considering its age and wear and it practically played itself. Very balanced tone, very touch sensitive, good boom without ...
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re: I repaired one of Johnny Cash's guitars! - TheFretShack
I never got a clear answer on what happened to it this time. I say that because I found evidence that it had catastrophic bridge/soundboard separations at least twice prior to this event. Many things can cause that to occur. Most are preventable. This separation, however, was the worst, destroyin...
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re: I repaired one of Johnny Cash's guitars! - TheFretShack
That's rolled carpet tied with fishing line serving as a homemade neck rest. I have a few of different diameters. The asking price for formal neck rests is ridiculous, plus mine simply work better, safer and smarter. You use neck rests to get angled-back headstocks up in the air a touch off the ...
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I repaired one of Johnny Cash's guitars! - TheFretShack
Yes, you read that right. I recently completed a major structural repair on one of Johnny Cash's stage and studio guitars. It was his first custom build by noted luthier Danny Ferrington, made and purchased in 1978 by Waylon Jennings (!) and gifted to Johnny shortly thereafter. It is Ferrington SN #...
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re: What is this on my guitar? - TheFretShack
I didn't work on that silverburst, that's a quick photo I grabbed via Google Images to give an idea what lurks under Kahler trems....
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re: What is this on my guitar? - TheFretShack
Oh yeah, my guess is 1985 for production year. What are the first and fifth numbers of the eight-digit serial number? That's the suffix of the production year....
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re: What is this on my guitar? - TheFretShack
You can take the Kahler off but you're going to have a hole left behind about 2x3" by 1.5" deep underneath. Like this: [img]http://www.straightfrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/DSCF1220_0.JPG[/img] It would have to be filled, veneered if you want it to disappear and refinned. You will spend...
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re: What is this on my guitar? - TheFretShack
FYI, cherryburst plaintop Les Paul, 80s due to presence of Kahler, bound fingerboard and dots instead of trapezoid mother of pearl inlays = the first incarnation of what is today called the Les Paul Studio. Your guitar is LIGHT YEARS BETTER than the Studios that have been produced over the last ...
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re: What is this on my guitar? - TheFretShack
That is from the first generation of Kahler tremolos, stamped "Gibson" because it was specifically ghost-built for them. Google "Kahler Pro tremolo" and you will find plenty of other examples. If that tremolo is original to the guitar, the guitar is 1980s. For the sake of correctness, that's not ...
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re: Best Lead Guitar Player - TheFretShack
[link=(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Campbell_discography)]Glenn Campbell on the list? Um, YEAH.[/link]...
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re: Serious post-prod recording dilemma - TheFretShack
More input and feedback than you sought ... not being a jerk, just being comprehensive ... How many distribution networks or outlets have declined to carry the record because of this situation? Do formal analytics show the drop-off on sales/downloads/plays/views after this guy's legal troubles ve...
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re: Best Lead Guitar Player - TheFretShack
[i]One of the first things I learned from some heavy weight professional players years ago....... When you start looking at and comparing players, always remember this. Guys that play/record the material they write are proficient at playing that style in those keys. The truly impressive players are ...
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re: Free old guitar... opinions - TheFretShack
If you mean on the original guitar, based on the harness photo, it looks like the knobs are tone/volume/tone/volume considering the first and third potentiometers have piggyback capacitors....
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re: Free old guitar... opinions - TheFretShack
[link=(https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Finishing_Supplies/Colors_and_Tints_and_Stains/ColorTone_Liquid_Stains.html)]StewMac's Color Tone liquid dyes[/link] Transtint dyes are similar to the above and can sometimes be sourced cheaper. But read the StewMac page first so you can get a...
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re: Free old guitar... opinions - TheFretShack
I think this neck is original and the headstock was modified. Those Kays were also sold using the brand names Old Kraftsman, Airline and likely other obscure names. I think this is more likely your guitar in original form. [img]https://drowninginguitars.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/old-kraftsman-1...
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re: San Antonio Guitar shops??? - TheFretShack
Did you look at their website? They show a much more extensive selection of Gibson acoustics on their website than you're gonna find at the typical GC, and they're showing a handmade Breedlove Masterclass in current inventory. A spin on that Breedlove alone would be worth the stop if I was serious a...
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re: San Antonio Guitar shops??? - TheFretShack
Just doing a quick Google search "San Antonio Guitar Shops" ... I'd definitely duck into Lark Guitars. Man, they have a serious list of high-end manufacturers. Just the amp lines they carry have me drooling. ...
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re: Acoustic guitar saddle questions. - TheFretShack
Not at all unheard of, put an non-compensated saddle on first. Like we said above, saddles are cheap. If intonation is very negatively affected (I don't think it will be), go back to a compensated saddle. You gleaned practice seating that first saddle, the second will likely fit a little better!...
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re: Vintage Gibson Acousitc Identification Help - TheFretShack
[link=(http://www.guitarhq.com/loo.html)]Everything and anything you'd want or need to know about Gibson L series acoutics made in the first half of the 20th Century[/link] Don't even bother opening this on a phone. You want a big screen, a couch and a beverage. You will be there a while....
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re: Vintage Gibson Acousitc Identification Help - TheFretShack
Do you have front and back photos from more of a distance and from more close up? From that close, it's hard to tell if it's a late 30s to early 40s L series or a HG series. It's one of the two. Someone added screws to hold down what was likely a lifting bridge. Either the keys or their buttons w...
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