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  • in reply to: The F Palomino is back in the Ramuda #5195
    Matt Hayden
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    Sounds like it had a good trip and it’s more comfortable in the corral now.

    I’m waiting on a Martin OM for repair; missing it a lot.

     

    in reply to: Goto Tuners #5194
    Matt Hayden
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    Hi Tad – The gent who runs Charis guitars makes wooden drop-in replacements for what you’ve got.

    https://www.charisacoustic.com/replacement-tuner-buttons

    In the past, I’ve done ebony/black plastic and ivoroid on 12-strings – the ebony/black plastic is the fundamental and the ivoroid is the octave.  It does speed up tuning though it looks a bit odd.

     

    in reply to: A Memory #5185
    Matt Hayden
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    Pretty guitar. He was a good person.
    So sorry he left us too early.

    in reply to: Goto Tuners #5177
    Matt Hayden
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    Tad, oil that gets into the end-grain wood of string post holes also swells the wood…and makes binding problems worse.   Not that I’ve ever had to deal with it, of course 🙂

    The key thing is to release string tension and then mounting-plate screw tension to see whether or not either allows the tuner to move freely.

    If either causes the tuner to move easily, bang, the post is binding, and that has to be fixed either via remounting the tuners, relieving the base of the post holes ever so slightly, or both.

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    in reply to: HAPPY NEW YEAR #5172
    Matt Hayden
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    That’s pretty. I’ve had my eye on an AR803CE for a while.

    in reply to: Goto Tuners #5169
    Matt Hayden
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    DO NOT use lubricant, at least not initially. It will just soften and swell the wood and make the problem worse.

    What you want to do is check whether the string post is binding on the hole

    To do this:

    • detune the string
    • if the post turns more easily then the post is binding.
    • If it is still slightly bound when the string tension is off, loosen the mounting screws on the back – just loosen, don’t remove them.
    • If the post turns more easily, it’s definitely binding.
    • At this point, remove the mounting screws and pull off a tuner
    • use a flashlight to look in the tuner hole and look for shiny areas where the tuner is rubbing on the sides of the post holes.

    If that happens, your options are something like the following:

    • plug & redrill the tuner mounting screw holes so the tuner shaft doesn’t rub on the sides of the tuner post hole
    • maybe ream the area of the tuner post hole where the tuner is rubbing to reduce rubbing.

    If the tuner is still tight even with string tension off and the mounting screws loose…well, maybe it’s gotten humid, and the wood of the headstock has absorbed enough water to make the tuner shaft tight.  The options at that point would probably involve gently reaming the tuner post holes just enough to free them.  But that sounds like an unlikely circumstance, even in Florida.

    Test and let us know what you find.

    in reply to: A little info please. #5166
    Matt Hayden
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    Chuck Erickson (Duke of Pearl) does spectacular pickguards…..just ask.  He’ll make you one.

    Or you could look for an Abalam sheet.

    Which guitar is it for?

     

     

    in reply to: Goto Tuners #5164
    Matt Hayden
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    Hmm. Are these open-back GOTOH tuners, or closed back?

    If they are open back (exposed gears):

    • Are the tuner mounting screws and the tuner bushings on the face of the instrument snug?
    • When either are loose, the tuner post can be pulled a bit sideways from string tension and bind against the side of the tuner post hole.

    If they’re closed-back tuners (sealed tuners, no exposed gears):

    • are the screws holding the buttons on sufficiently snug that the tuner shaft is flush with or a hair proud of the tuner housing?
    • If the button screws are loose, the tuner buttons can be loose, and that will cause the worm gear to bind….I found that out with a set of sealed tuners a long time ago.

    Maybe post pics?

     

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    in reply to: A little sweetener for the end of 2020 – #5124
    Matt Hayden
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    I’ll be sending you an envelope – and post more about your son’s business.

     

    in reply to: Never give up #5123
    Matt Hayden
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    Please do put up more photos – I’d really like to see that restoration.

    I remember seeing it on the day I brought my guitar in for repair…..glad yours is repaired and working.

     

    in reply to: Christmas SCGC 1929 00 #5083
    Matt Hayden
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    Picked mine up at the 2012 Xmas party.  Still a keeper.

    in reply to: It was just a year ago tonite – #5082
    Matt Hayden
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    That was a good party, and that guitar is special.

     

    in reply to: A night of sweet memories #5065
    Matt Hayden
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    Play the remuda and remember Alex ad friendship and good music.

    It’s the best way to remember him.   And you’re making more memories for the future 🙂

    /mh

    in reply to: Red Wood Tops, #5059
    Matt Hayden
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    The oldest redwood-topped instruments I know about are from the 80s, and they still sound excellent (made by Frank Fuller, several redwood/walnut things, which are really nice).

    Redwood as a material is a little more brittle than spruce (I don’t know why).  It’s got a very bright ring when tapped.

    I would guess that properly dry redwood is going to sound good right out of the gate and maybe get brighter as it ages (and dries).   In an FTC, this would probably translate to more incisive chop chords (go Freddie Greene!) and maybe more cut on the leads when coupled with the reflective granadillo on the back.

    I suspect it’ll sound something like Steve Khan’s redwood-topped rosewood David Russell Young guitar on Donald Fagen’s True Companion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ULgo1MTl8 – bright and punchy but not dry.

    Alternate and probably better listen: Steve Khan playing the same guitar on Evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02BgGKgtjZ8&list=OLAK5uy_kwPLwg0TFcJXi2pbrxlRopJUno2C5q8QM, which is basically 50 mins of the same guitar with only Rob Mounsey’s keyboard behind him, playing mostly Monk tunes.  This is pretty much a high-wire act in which both the payer and the guitar are laid bare without a lot of ornamentation.

    I’m presuming the back and sides are dalbergia granadillo – there are a lot of woods called ‘granadillo,’ unfortunately, including the excellent red macacauba, platymisicum pinnatum, which I learned about from Brazilian builder Roberto Gomes.   Either way, it’s probably a very reflective material and will increase brightness….

    Enjoy it.

     

    in reply to: Public Service Announcement #5060
    Matt Hayden
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    Those are the inlays I remember from the 1980s ads.  Unbelievable stuff…..

     

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