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Bob Marsh

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  1. Very nice attention to detail! I always liked those little mahogany guitars - Nice to see another one not only preserved, but improved. I'm sure with the new, more active top she'll have a beautiful voice. Welcome officially and thanks for sharing. Bob
  2. Thanks to all for the kind words - most of the credit goes to Bob Rigaud - I did a few things but the wonderful detaioing is 90% him. Rod, Mannnnny hours for both of us and the binding in particular - Bob's pretty much a perfectionist on stuff like that. Glad you all enjoyed the pics! B
  3. Let's see what I can come up with! It was literally a basket case - another one brought back from the junkpile! B
  4. Retrorod inquired about the finished project I posted some time ago - Sorry for my absence for so long. The CF-100 turned out very pretty and sound great due to the new top and lightened/modified bracing. So here are a few photos that may be of interest. Happy Holidays! Bob M.
  5. Hard to say really....The fact that legal supplies of many varieties of Rosewood exist (If one is willing to seek it out) suggests that guitars will be available with Rosewood fingerboards (and bodies, for that matter)in the future. Gibson is in a tough spot because of all the scrutiny that has occurred of late making it hard for them to continue using these woods without enduring the heat that would, no doubt follow. As to pricing, my opinion that fine Gibsons will sell for whatever a buyer is willing to pay, regardless of what the fretboard is made from. However, having a rosewood fingerboard, obviously will never hurt the value of these instruments. Bob
  6. Good to have different points of view - Mine is that the repair should be done by a competent repairperson who could also address the cosmetic issues that will exist after the structural repair is complete. This will protect your considerable investment and will restore your beauty's beauty. Bob
  7. J45- You're 100% correct - It doesn't look to be a Gibson At all, But as another member pointed out Headstock breakage seems to be a common affliction of the Gibson brand - It's only my opinion ( based on what I've learned from working in the shop) that this could be cured or prevented with a minor modification in manufacturing. Mea Culpa! Bob
  8. Truly sad....Makes you wonder why Gibson insists on boring so much material away when they cut the pocket for the truss rod - If you took less away and used a smaller wrench the headstocks/neck areas would be quite a bit stronger. We fixed yet another decapitation this week as well as cosmetically correcting a previously performed repair at the shop, an SG and an SG junior. The junior fell over in its cases onto a carpeted floor and went south. Great business for the boss, but really sad seeing these beauties having to be put aright...
  9. I still have the 1931 Martin OM28 that I scavenged from my Aunt Sandra's trash in 1964 - Back then the term "Vintage Guitar" didn't exist - It was just an old guitar. I guess it shows that hanging on to things sometimes pays off. In the case was the original Eldon Capo that Uncle Ernie bought with the guitar and his layaway record from Barone's Music Store in Lockport, New York detailing the eight payments totaling the vast amount of $139.25 he gave, paying her off on June 3, 1933. Didn't get an electric until 1966 - Mom raved and hemorrhaged but finally relented and paid half of the bill for a new Fender Jaguar in sunburst. Wish I still had that one, but I can still remember how that baby smelled when the case was opened - Sweet smell of lacquer - Almost like an aphrodesiac! B
  10. We can make you anything you like quite reasonably - Recently we did a custom TR cover for a Super Chet Gretsch from ebony and Mother of Pearl. It can be seen here and the original plastic cover at the bottom of the photo We're in the States, but shipping to the UK shouldn't be a problem. If interested you can PM me on this board or contact my boss at info@rgmusic.com. We make quite a few custom pickguards also - most recently was for an SG and it looked great - I'll snap a pic this week and post it. Bob
  11. I had a chance to play a Heritage equivalent of an ES 335 at the shop not too long ago - I loved it - Fit and finish was as good as anything I've seen from Gibson (Which is to say "excellent") fast and effortless action and great sound. From what I've seen the prices are quite reasonable - What's not to like?
  12. Bob said he had a couple of spare sets that came with the guitar when he bought it - I'd imagine they're relatively scarce nowadays. As to the hole - I think he said it's been there since he bought it - there's a rather large wooden brace - about the size of a octagonal broomstick - running from about the neckblock to the end block of the body on both treble and harp side - Bob showed me that he can get him arm in the sound hole easily but the aforementioned brace prevents access to the flap of wood that is still hanging by a few fibers inside the body - He really doesn't want to pull the back of the instrument to fix it, so he's stewing over other approaches to the repair. It's interesting that he said the same thing - "Just about where a jack would go - I wonder if there's any demand for an electrified Harp Guitar?"
  13. here are a couple more photos of the body awaiting the binding And now, for something completely different - a few photos of Bob R's 1919 Gibson Harp guitar - a really unusual piece of luthier's art - sort of heavy and weird, but in pretty good shape with the exception of the small hole in the bottom of the side which is currently undergoing repair. Quite a glimpse into the past, eh? B
  14. while certainly a Tour De Force for the inlay artist extraordinaire and, as they stated "Doesn't know its equal" It's a bit much for me. Last time an instrument inspired such ambiguous feelings was the 1 millionth Martin which to me was so far out that it was coming in the other side...
  15. I recently purchased a Magnavox VCR/DVD deck for around $150 USD and it does a great job of dubbing VHS to DVD's - One Caveat is that some commercial VHS tapes can't be dubbed because of copy protection on the original tapes, but as your tapes are homemade and thus probably not copy protected this shouldn't be a factor. I've tried a couple of different PC based video capture units such a "Dazzle" but find the quality to be low in terms of resolution and the results uninspiring Best of luck in your quest! Bob M.
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