Monthly Archives: February 2011

R.I.P. Charles Kaman

Aeronautical engineer and inventor of the Ovation guitar, Charles Kaman, passed away today. Quipped Fark.com user, Outatime: “I hope the harp they give him in Heaven keeps sliding off his lap.” Rest in peace, turtle-backed guitar man.

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This beauty came in last Saturday for some slight adjustment, and we all had a blast taking turns strumming dulcet chord after dulcet chord on this beauty, with the owner looking on. We’ve got some great guitars in the shop, … Continue reading

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Shaping a new saddle for a Taylor Acoustic

When someone asks us about the best “bang-for-buck” tonal upgrade to an acoustic instrument, it’s almost always the same answer: replacing the stock, usually plastic (or another type of synthetic) nut and saddle with bone. “But, why?”, asks the generalized, … Continue reading

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1977 Gibson ES-350T

Another gorgeous addition to the flock is this 1977 Gibson ES-350T, which was recovered from a storage unit here in town. Most people, when trying to sell an instrument, will tell you it’s “virtually unplayed”. Well, this one looks as … Continue reading

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1961 Guild Starfire

So far, I’ve restored and repaired numerous instruments, and many with a certain prestige to them. For instance, this 1961 Guild Starfire came in looking dingy, with the headstock veneer separated at the edges. After some serious time spent lovingly … Continue reading

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