June 10, 2014
Brisbane Guitar Restoration – the full story
Restoring vintage and rare instruments is the driving passion behind us here at the Guitar Repairers. Seeing a beautiful old guitar from say the 1890’s restored to a playable condition is what makes all our hard work really pay off.
Why do we do it?
Well, from a luthiery point of view we restore old guitars because:
- Older timber is much more resonant. Over time wood dries out and the dryer it is, the harder it is, causing it to resonate sound rather than absorb it. (even modern kiln dried timber is not completely dried out)
- The less moisture there is in wood the less it will move over time. Through seasonal changes new wood still warps and moves. An older guitar has done all its moving and warping so we’re left with very sturdy timber.
- The timbers used in older guitars are of very high quality. Brazilian rosewood- the best quality rosewood- for example was once used almost exclusively in old guitars. Now a protected species, it is no longer allowed to be cut down and sold. Some Honduras Mahogany and types of spruce are becoming sparse and their lower grade equivalents are being used instead.
- They all have stories. Dings, dents, scratches and marks, these are all tell tale signs that a guitar has led an interesting life. Knowing that an old 1900’s parlour guitar from the US of A was once some young musicians bread and butter makes for a much more interesting history than some man named Django CMCing them from a factory in Moosejaw, Canada.
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May 8, 2013
Guitar Fret Level and Crown
- Straight edge
- Crowning File
- Leveling file
- Fret Rocker
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March 26, 2011
Over time the ball end of a string starts to wear away the bridgeplate on your guitar. What then happens is the ball end starts to pull up and sit against or in the soundboard.
This is not good. You want the string to be sitting ON the bridgeplate, that way it can send vibrations to the soundboard. This is where a large part of the volume and tone of your acoustic guitar comes from. (more…)
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January 30, 2011
We get a lot of people coming in complaining about intonation issues, tuning issues and issues involving the strings breaking “Please please help, give me the full setup just stop the madness!” They cry.
We look over their guitar and simply say “Let me show you how to string your guitar properly.” The response is usually nothing short of worship, but hey, its the cross we bear in this industry.
We also have to thank the talented Ralee Winks for supplying us with these lovely illustrations
The string comes up and rests in the inner side of the machine head post. The string will be wound anticlockwise on machine head posts on the left hand side of the headstock (for 3 a side guitars like most acoustics and 6 in line like most electrics) and will be wound clockwise for the machine heads on the right hand side of the headstock. (more…)
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January 10, 2010
What is a Refret?
Of all the repair and restoration work we do here Back-Bow Levels and Back Bow Refrets would have to be one of the most common jobs.
We do a backbow partial refret if:
• The first few frets are worn very low due to constant playing.
• The angle of the neck to the body is too acute. So instead of resetting the neck, a back-bow partial refret is a cost effective solution.
• The neck is in a sharp up bow and it will take more than just a Backbow Level to fix the problem.
• Necks warp and twist for a variety of reasons and if a backbow level is not enough then a backbow partial refret can be. (more…)
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January 3, 2010
What is a bridge plate?
The bridge plate is a flat piece of timber or in some cases (i.e. Maton guitars) a laminated piece of timber that is glued to the underside of the sound board directly under the bridge.
Its primary function is to provide a strong anchor point by which the string tension is dispersed to the soundboard’s bracings and keep the soundboard flat in the area directly surrounding the bridge.
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