November 2, 2014
“Craig” lap steel (with a difference)
Made in the US of A, the unique feature here is the Pat Pending tilt adjustable neck. A real piece of history. We can tell you that this is a 50’s baby. The addition of a genuine Gretsch roller bridge and pick up gives amazing tone and just look at that Pin striping!
Again the talented hand of Duane Brown (www.browncocustoms.com)
Category Acoustic Guitars, Customs, Slide Guitars | Tags: bluegrass,brisbane,custom,guitar,lapsteel,pin striping,restoration,restored,rock,slide,vintage | Comments Off on “Craig” Custom Lapsteel
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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September 21, 2012
A custom build project with a twist. After crafting a Rick Parffit replica guitar for Statoz Quo (a very good Status Quo tribute band. Check out their facebook here) they just had to have the matching Francis Rossi edition.
So there we were faced with daunting task of creating another replica. I say daunting because the standards for these replica instruments are very high. Ask any Status Quo fan and they will tell you that the guitars in that band are a crucial element. To be taken seriously as a tribute band you must have the accurate axe.
So we started from scratch
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February 5, 2010
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Up until recently we, like most guitar repair shops replaced bass saddles and telecaster bridge saddles with the best bridge saddles we could find.
However I’ve never been that happy with the type of brass used, nor the tone it produced. I researched the historical “why’s” and “where fores” of this and found the most interesting thing. The original brass used by the likes of Fender back in the 50’s was actually a softer compound than that which is available today. (more…)
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January 3, 2010
Uncle John’s Famous Tortoise Shell
So our boys Matt and Luke got funky with some clear perspex and a host of nitro cellulose / stain mixtures to create the tortoise shell delights you see before you.
We even utilised the stuff in one of our banjo pick-up systems (see photo), with pleasing results.
Scratchplates and many other accessories are made to order. This is just a sample of what we can do.
We started creating our custom tortoise shell creations for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is very difficult to import tortoise shell as it is flammable, and secondly we have been increasingly unhappy with the range of tortoise shell scratchplates available, we feel they just don’t do a fine classy instrument justice.
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