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Thinking about hunting down a Roy Smeck conversion candidate.  The good converted ones are hard to find - I've played a few that bordered on dissappointing.  Anyone have advice on finding one, and a stellar suggestions for a top-notch experienced person to tackle a conversion project ?

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Geez, Dan. That oughta stir tpbiii out of his slumber.

Cool thing that he (Mr tpb)  removed the Hawaiian neck, set it aside,  and had a repro one made with frets installed. A dicey go, as you've already got to be comfortable with whatever the thing sounds like afterwards. If I was still smitten with the idea of a deep body Smeck-  a mahogany Stage DeLuxe, or an rosewood Radio Grande, I'd be looking at one already done. Glad to hear you've got interest in these 'monsters, though.

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Have you tried any of the newer ones? Next time you’re traveling through KY stop by and play my Stage Deluxe Ltd (hog), Stage Deluxe RW and the Jackson Browne (walnut). Didn’t you have a JB a while back?

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9 hours ago, Dave F said:

Have you tried any of the newer ones? Next time you’re traveling through KY stop by and play my Stage Deluxe Ltd (hog), Stage Deluxe RW and the Jackson Browne (walnut). Didn’t you have a JB a while back?

I had a wonderful Gibson Jackson Browne but stupidly sold it to fund my 2006 Legend. The neck on the JB was a bit flat for my liking - not uncomfortable, but a bit flat, I preferred the full round Legend neck.  I have played the recent reissues, but they did not grab me by the throat, perhaps I need to track down more to try. Powder and I were on a rather tight schedule for our recent trip - otherwise I may well have looked you up to smudge up some of your collection.   I was able to spend some time sampling some rather astoundingly good bourbon there, perhaps a great excuse to include KY on another tour next year- maybe I'll have a converted Smeck in tow on that trip.

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45 minutes ago, blindboygrunt said:

What was the astoundingly good bourbon Dan ?

And then back to the roy smeck......

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56 minutes ago, blindboygrunt said:

What was the astoundingly good bourbon Dan ?

And then back to the roy smeck......

 

[biggrin].

Dan- I also had high hopes for the Jackson Browne 12 fret, but couldn't believe that  a guitar that was built to be a modern version of the 1930's Smecks such as those favored by Jackson, would be made with such a thin neck profile. Thankfully, Gibson made 44 12-fret J-45's. . . a little more of a neck carve, a more traditional body depth that still gives it that J-45 strummy punch, with the warmth and comfort of a 12-fretter.

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4 hours ago, bayoubengal1954 said:

Hey Dan—

I would contact Steve Swan out on the West Coast. He is quite the Smeck Guy. He sells mostly already converted Smecks but knows all the luthiers who specialize in conversions.

http://www.steveswanguitars.com/guitars/gibson-guitars/

That guy has some seriously nice guitars at rational prices, particularly his vintage Martins.

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I have a couple -- 1936 Stage Deluxe and 1935 Radio Grande.  They have quite different histories.  The Stage Deluxe I bought in the 1990s in the early days of ebay -- it once belonged to Garnet Rogers who I have gotten to know since.  The neck has not been cut down -- 2 1/4".  It is not as hard to play as you might think, and my late large handed wife loved it.  I has a huge raw sound if you hammer it, but headroom to the moon.

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The other one has a new neck crafted by Randy Wood -- sonically it is in the same class as my 36 AJ, and that is saying a lot.  Here it is before conversion.

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Good hunting.

Tom

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On 9/7/2019 at 9:59 PM, duluthdan said:

Thinking about hunting down a Roy Smeck conversion candidate.  The good converted ones are hard to find - I've played a few that bordered on dissappointing.  Anyone have advice on finding one, and a stellar suggestions for a top-notch experienced person to tackle a conversion project ?

Tom Crandall at TR Crandall in NYC has done more conversions of these than anyone else. Have played some in his shop, they were stunning. 

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