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  1. Personally....I judge him on his quality of work. 'I didn't look up the serial number to date it, who has time for the that with all the instruments laying around to work on?' This guitar came to him with a loose bridge, a compromised bridge plate and some serious finish issues. It didn't have any cracks, broken headstock, or need a neck reset. Within a few minutes he had melted the finish in front of the bridge, started experimenting with chemicals to blend the bare wood 'to be personally honest I don't know what kind of finish is on it, they could've used anything' I still don't think he understands that Gibson builds a radius in there tops because he proceeded to smash it out with boards (that he's specially prepared to not hurt the finish), and the biggest piece of wood he can fit through the soundhole, which in theory moves the saddle closer to the nut (10 cents sharp on the E string , bewildering eh). As I said originally, the glue squeeze out, that he knew was going to be there, he just sets it aside and goes to bed. That's a basic woodworking skill! That is about taking pride in your workmanship and is unforgivable IMO. The 'customer doesn't want to spend a lot of money on it' doesn't hold water for me Juan. Nobody just gives the repairman a blank check and says fix it at any cost! He could have saved time and money by doing a few minutes research to find out the year and finish. 'To be perfectly honest, by golly I can just tell by looking at'em and smelling them how old they are'. Good grief!! This guy isn't only a hack but a first rate hack. The guitar needed the bridge re-glued to be a "player", period. It left his hands in worse shape than it arrived, and much harder for the next person to correct. First do no harm.
  2. If your luthier tells you he can cause more problems cleaning up his glue squeeze out so he's just going to leave it, take your guitar and run. A little bit of paste wax over the finish in the bridge cut outs would have done wonders. Hot hide glue would have been much cleaner if you're too lazy to do clean work. This guy is a hack. I am surprised at how many here are impressed with him.
  3. I always enjoyed the vimeos of you and your wife playing together Tom. Her smile said it all! A special connection with the music. The solid notes from the bass and beautiful harmony soaring above the melody. May her memory live on in the music that you made together and the beautiful instruments the two of you collected. My deepest sympathy to you, your family and friends.
  4. Okay, headstock shot always clears up a little bit. I have only ever seen archtops with the Mason moniker. Post it in the "Acoustic" sub forum. There are knowledgeable folks there that may be able to help. As for bridge pins (ebony w/MOP dots), with that profile I have none. Good luck!
  5. Hello and welcome. Oddly enough that looks more like a Harmony or Silvertone guitar. Check with a local luthier for bridge pins for a match. They usually have a drawer full. Where are you located ? That could be helpful as well. Is it ebony? Dyed wood or plastic. I have more than a few and would be happy to send a few.
  6. Why not whittle down the pins? Burnish a razor blade and use it as a mini card scraper, shave around the pins starting just beneath the crown. Slow and easy and testing along the way.
  7. Ha, here I go into the deep end. I agree with all of the above, of course. I know that it shouldn't make a difference (and to many it doesn't), but I have done enough A/B to hear a subtle difference in most guitars. What I hear is a nice clear note from the harder material (bone,ivory,ebony[to some degree]) but not so much on fretted strings. It's like, pins-saddle-nut-strings isn't it? Some hear a difference, others don't. I have to admit, when I read that Nick & Mr.7th, prefer the early nylon or translucent material, I may revisit it. I do have a matchbox full of them. Hard to find? Not here!
  8. I think that was a Dove (as in Sals pic). I remember it having a drawing of an eagle or something on the lower top. I don't have a guess for the guitar in question livemusic.
  9. One that makes you want to pick it up and play it everyday.
  10. That's a beauty ZW! Even with the new guy at the helm, my bet is they will never build them that light again. The tone that you describe is exactly what I would expect from it.
  11. I'm looking forward to the updated post when this "new",'50, J45 comes back from the doc. Any hints as to how it will sound Nick? Scalloped bracing and emphasized top radius should make for a punchy, loud guitar. The early '50s seemed to favor those with a lighter touch, the later '50s tall tapered bracing for chord chuggers. Obviously neck reset and brace repairs will change it some but it should still be true to itself. Interesting his observations on the torrefied wood. With some of the builders (Greven, Mcknight, Huss and Dalton, Pre-War, Bourgeois) using it and hearing a difference, I think there is something to it. I played an Adi topped Bourgeois that was impressive, although I have been on the fence with the Gibson models. If it can tame a new Adi top that's saying a lot to me. Of course there is so much to building a guitar to pin it on one thing. Glad you made it and back in one piece!
  12. Take a look at Reverb. Just came from there and saw a J100 added this morning. Probably not going to last long at the price and condition.
  13. Clean looking work Dave! Do you know what the hose is on Jamons saddle routing jig? Is it vacuum mounted? Or air going the other way to rid the area of dust?
  14. The pickup system that Gibson used late '80s and early '90s was the S.O.R.S. with volume and tone control by the neck block. The "doubler" was simply insurance against splitting in that area. From what I have seen some of them had it some did not. My '87 J30 SORS did not. Whether is was arbitrary or intended to be arbitrary I haven't a clue. It's a good idea IMO. Similar to what modern builders do with their sound ports, a small "cleat" with the grain 90 degrees to the rim wood or even bias tape.
  15. I did finally watch the end..I am not sure which he said it about, the nicks in the back or cleaning, but clearly said that he was not asked to do it. I also heard "my buddy Randy says that's just DNA". Didn't I hear the name Randy several pages back? I think he was the other "luthier" that specializes in breaking the heel block on neck resets.😀 No harm meant to Mr. Rosa but he learned how to make YouTube videos before he learned to work on guitars. He makes me glad I work on my own instruments! Good luck on your upcoming repair Nick! That's a beauty of a j45. In unmolested condition is getting harder and harder to find. It sounds like it will be in capable hands.
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