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Garbage picked Epiphone 6832--can be saved tell me a little about this gee-tar...

#21 User is offline   Aoresteen 

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 12:54 PM

Well, disaster!!!!!!!!!!!!

Around Oct 12th, a few days before leaving on an overseas trip, I noticed that the action on my 6832 was way high and the strings were detuned. Something had popped. Ugh! I further loosened the 6832's strings and put it in the case until I returned.

Yesterday I drove to Jackson GA and dropped the guitar off at Tom Dodson's shop. Tom sent me a few photos today and it is not good.

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The neck block has a huge crack in it.

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Since it's a 1971ish guitar, it is 49 years old and this is a known problem area. Not sure exactly what caused the wood to crack and give way - maybe just age and not the best QA at the Epi factory back then.


All is not lost!! Tom says he can fix it. He has already started:

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And:

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I am sure if anyone can fix my 6832, Tom can (again)!!



I'll keep everyone posted.

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#22 User is offline   Aoresteen 

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 04:38 PM

Great news! Tom texted me and my 6832 is all fixed!!! I will try to get it tomorrow or Friday.
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Posted 17 November 2018 - 01:15 PM

Picked up the 6832 yesterday afternoon. All is well!!!!!!! The guitar is fixed and plays wonderfully. The action is a bit lower than before - right where I like it. Intonation is dead on. Another fantastic repair by Tom Dodson.

This 6832 has at least another 10 years in her.
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Posted 17 November 2018 - 04:57 PM

View PostAoresteen, on 17 November 2018 - 01:15 PM, said:

Picked up the 6832 yesterday afternoon. All is well!!!!!!! The guitar is fixed and plays wonderfully. The action is a bit lower than before - right where I like it. Intonation is dead on. Another fantastic repair by Tom Dodson.

This 6832 has at least another 10 years in her.


Excellent to learn the good news. And, yes, guitars always seem to sound and play a little better after being away and repaired by a skilled repairman. Iíve experienced that, too!

Enjoy the guitar!

QM aka Jazzman Jeff
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Posted 21 November 2018 - 10:52 PM

I am continuously amazed that this guitar I originally garbage-picked in Ohio, but sold on ebay (because I didn't have the nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills to fix it), soldiers on in a new life. And with a thread of its own.

The headstock and neck were sticking straight out of a blue garbage container, I spotted it as I drove by and it seemed to say "pull up here" so I did...and was amazed to find the whole guitar in not-so-bad shape.

I always liked the first-wave Japanese Epiphones, one of the very, very few brands of which I don't own an example. Hmm.

The neck block...that's the deal maker/breaker with those. As we now see.

Well...cheers all.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:57 PM

View Postacme97, on 21 November 2018 - 10:52 PM, said:

I am continuously amazed that this guitar I originally garbage-picked in Ohio, but sold on ebay (because I didn't have the nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills to fix it), soldiers on in a new life. And with a thread of its own.

The headstock and neck were sticking straight out of a blue garbage container, I spotted it as I drove by and it seemed to say "pull up here" so I did...and was amazed to find the whole guitar in not-so-bad shape.

I always liked the first-wave Japanese Epiphones, one of the very, very few brands of which I don't own an example. Hmm.

The neck block...that's the deal maker/breaker with those. As we now see.

Well...cheers all.

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