October 22, 2014
Harmony Parlor Guitar
Now this girl is a treat! Harmony made only a few of this model. In face, in 1927, this was the top of the line with solid spruce top, solid koa wood back and sides and checkerboard binding makes this guitar a testament to Harmony’s ability to make fine guitars when they put their mind to it. So beautiful
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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 6, 2014
As a kid I grew up in a world of “cant”. “You can’t do that, you can’t do this”, dear reader, I’m sure you know what I mean. However the biggest “can’t” came in my late teens.
This one was a doozy “you can’t make a living playing rock n roll”. In fact my vocational guidance officer (do they still have those?) told me that I could make a living as a musician if I joined the army forces. Perfect how could I refuse? (more…)
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May 8, 2013
Guitar Fret Level and Crown
- Straight edge
- Crowning File
- Leveling file
- Fret Rocker
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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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