Now I want to tell you a story about this beasty. We bought this Lap as a rough shaped piece of timber, a cool box and an even cooler hand wound pick up which still worked! We then set about bringing her back to scratch. This is what we’ve done
refinished the body in a black and brown hue whilst fabricating re pro vintage tort cover plates for the electronics section.
Re line the case/box.
We then installed new electronics and shielded the electronics cavities. (she’s very quite for such an old single coil pick up).
We then set up the lap with a brass (hand made) bridge, tail piece and ebony nut.
The tone is very vintage with the pick up having the character of an old P90.and the sustain is epic. Demo videos available on request
Just playing this guitar acoustically is fun. Really comfy “D” neck and warm, woody tone define this little Gem. She came to us gutted and in need of some loving…. below is listed work we’ve done this beautiful little thing.
1. Re fret
2. Re install the electronics having first cleaned, lubed, and then tested them thoroughly. There is nothing more painful than getting the electronics in only to find a broken wire etc, especially with wire this old.
3. Set up with 11-49 (can be re set to anyone’s preferred free of charge)
Additions and non genuine….. As mentioned earlier two potentiometers have been replaced. The original bridge and scratch plate are supplied, however we found that a Bigsby bridge worked better tonally….. Bigsby hmmmm? now that’s an idea……
Before you ask….. Yes that wear is all real… One of our favourite clients is Jimmy Watts and this is one of our favourite guitars, which sadly he has to part with to finance his latest album.Of his three guitars he asked me “which one will be the most desirable?” by far the best is this one.
We’ve mantained this guitar since new and contrary to appearance, structurally she’s in great condition. The Red Cedar sound board produces the sweetest tone. She’s really played in and the neck feels amazing. We also have, not one but three pick ups on board going out to three seperate output jacks conceived and custom made in house. A bug, a piezo under saddle pick up and my personal fave: a calibrated “Charlie Christian” style P90 Cover made in house just so you can run it through a guitar amp get seriously fat tone…..
She also sports one of our compensated nut for better tuneability and intonation. This truthfully is”that’ mythical guitar everyone hopes to find.
What to say about this guitar. The tone is both mellow and loud. This is an excellent strummer or finger picker with a playing that’s slinky.
We restored this guitar in 2008 and she hasn’t moved and require no setting up, just a new set of strings when we traded her back in.. The sound board has been re-braced with scalloped bracings and the neck has been re-set and re-fretted. The post op work is flawless with no indication that the repairs were ever carried out. The “string through” bridge has been replaced with a “pin bridge” which we made in house. The dual pick up system was also made in house and sports a internal bug and a removable sound hole pick up controlled by two volume controls. Amplified she sounds amazing.
Isn’t she beautiful? We restored this baby from the ground up. Back off, new bracings, bridgeplate, refret, new binding and a whole lotta love. This guitar is a bell and the aged timber makes for a truly resonant little parlor guitar.