Lets all drool over your stuff
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BY k1w1 - Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:02 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:02 pm
New old guitar day, this arrived today, 1959 Harmony Jamboree, spruce top birch body and sides. Bit of an unusual look for Harmony, a wide narrow body. I'll reset the neck, clean up some dodgy finish repairs and remove the decals. IMG_1624
by Laurie Franks
, on Flickr
It originally had this crap bridge that was epoxied on so I had it sent to a guitar builder friend in California who replaced it with the bridge above. Did a great job.Jamboree
by Laurie Franks
, on Flickr
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:11 pm
Super cool! I'm assuming the decals aren't original?
BY k1w1 - Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:25 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:25 pm
No not original but have been on there a long time. This thing was played a lot, neck finish wear, fret wear and fretboard divots so a fret dress after the reset.
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:40 pm
Cool stuff. I've always wanted one of these old Harmony guys, ever since I heard the great dry sound Ryan Adams got out of his Buck Owens. The amount of work they often seem to need has put me off, though.
BY k1w1 - Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:04 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:04 pm
90% of the acoustics will need a neck reset. I had Glynn do one on a Harmony H167 years ago and at $350 was not sustainable for all the guitars I have. So I taught myself how to do them and any refinish repairs that are needed. Between my modded coffee machine and Dremel they are getting better every time.
BY jvpp - Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:36 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:36 pm
You should fill the divots as well...
Are you using hide glue or eliphatic?
BY k1w1 - Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:53 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:53 pm
The divots aren't too bad, would normally use rosewood dust and aliphatic as a slurry but these aren't deep. Using fish glues, the Titebond liquid hide glue I was using would go out of spec by the time I got around to using it.
The fish glue can be stored in the fridge and keeps substantially longer. Have a bottle of thishttp://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Su ... _Glue.html
BY jvpp - Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:11 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:11 pm
I like the 30 minutes of the fish glue. Never used it but looks promising. You can easily make your own hide glue from bits you buy at the supermarket. I have tried it on an acoustic bridge and it works wonders.
BY k1w1 - Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:20 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:20 pm
Yeah I did a repair with gelatin from the supermarket, worked great. But the need for heating pots etc was a real hassle. The fish glue has 2 advantages, it tacks immediately and really holds good so your clamp time is 30 minutes and any adjustments are easy, and it binds as good as hide glue.
BY jvpp - Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:49 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:49 pm
Right, next kingfish I get will be eaten and some converted into glue. Can't be that hard making some glue eh?
BY k1w1 - Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:05 pm
- Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:05 pm
I believe it is made from fish bladders so might take a few kingis. Turns out the decal is a hand painting of a phoenix rising, which while well done was not my preference. Scraped it off so some refinish needed.