|Project by Jack_Tao||posted 08-06-2013 07:49 PM||1226 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Okay this is an unusual one for me.
This MayBelle parlor guitar was in a flea market warehouse. The top was separated in places and looked like waves on the ocean. The back was cracked in two sections. It couldn’t stay in tune and was destined to be a wall decoration or on the junk pile. The flea market hadn’t even put it out and I paid them $20 figuring it was a project in which I could no more harm than already had been done.
I replaced the top with a solid cedar top, repaired the back cracks and replaced the fretboard with rosewood. I reset the frets myself by hand. Fairly proud of that though I am sure I broke more than one of the rules of fine lutherie.
It plays, but is a bit bright and jangly, so I tuned it an octave up (Nashville tuning) and am deciding where it fits in. I like it but it is not refined and I have invested some energy, so I may not be impartial.
-- Jack Tao, Connecticut