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(Photos) Behind the scenes at a pro luthier

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Dropped off a guitar to have modified today.
Im having all the wiring gutted and changed to 1950's style with 1950 Russian Paper In Oil capacitors.Also the bridge is being torn out and replaced with a more precision machined piece with brass saddle inserts. Most guitars today are played with the tone knobs fully on otherwise it just sounds like mud. This mod gets me clean and crisp tone control even if I turn the knob down. It greatly expands the guitars dynamic range and sound possibilities. The brass saddle greatly adds warmth to a guitar.

Ended up getting a three hour lesson on guitar setup and cutting nuts and saddles....

I was given a small tour as well...

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TWO Fedora basses...

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Using a router to cut out the pickup pockets...
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1980 Gibson Victory Artist....

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This guitar belonged to "Mississippi John Hurt" 1930s..
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Old pickup circa early 50's...
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How they straighten a really warped neck...
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'67 SG
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1964 Gibson Melody maker fully restored...
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1961 Gibson 125
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This LP was owned by the guitarist from heavy metal band "Cinderella
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1960s Tiesco Del Ray
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Glueing an acoustic body together...
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Drum sander sanding a guitar body...
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happy little frets about to get pounded...
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Guild built a Brian May style guitar. The original Brian May guitar was really a Gibson Melody Maker.
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Glueing a bridge
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OOPS!....
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Early 60s German Framus "Atilla Zoller" "Cant be famous without a Framus!"
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1941 Gibson L5
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..AND FINALLY...they had a bass sent in from Ernie440 here from the Loops. Something about "neck issues"....
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Edited by LittleWing on March 03 2019 19:23
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The luthier of my bass lives way up north, a little over 2 hours by car. But I always enjoyed my few visits with similar experience there. Them luthiers and their knowledge of how wood and construction is affecting the tone is close to magic. Amazing craftsmanship. I've found a youtube (with optional English subs) with Jacco talking about their guitars. And how it starts with coffee...
[youtube]hF3YXosvHmM[/youtube]
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Something about "neck issues"....

must be super affordable and tropical!:D:):|:D<3

some great photos! Thanks!
Edited by Leftdaloops1019 on March 03 2019 16:34
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Fivestringer wrote: I've found a youtube (with optional English subs) with Jacco talking about their guitars. And how it starts with coffee...


Everything starts with coffee! Great video! I like the guitar he holds up at the end.

The coolest thing is that he agreed to coat my fretless Jazz bass neck in epoxy. We are working a quote. Nobody will do that anymore because its a pain. While its a beautiful bass , I never liked it because it doesnt sound like a fretless. Im looking forward to that project.

There is only one guy who epoxies bass necks online and that is HG Thor. He told me he has a three year waiting list.
Edited by LittleWing on March 03 2019 18:42
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Great post from many angles,the woodworking talent to the nostalgic guitars pics . This would be a nice career . g
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Thanks for sharing these!
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Here is the luthier who built my Pellerin guitar. His name is Michel Pellerin and he lives about 50 km from my home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQJZjdnxzcs
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ROBJOL wrote:
Here is the luthier who built my Pellerin guitar. His name is Michel Pellerin and he lives about 50 km from my home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQJZjdnxzcs


Nice video, looks like a good guitar. One thing though, he should invest in some good quality lamps, how can he work when it's so dark in there?? :D :D :D
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ROBJOL wrote:
Here is the luthier who built my Pellerin guitar. His name is Michel Pellerin and he lives about 50 km from my home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQJZjdnxzcs


Lots of positive reviews on him!
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