'Vita' Plectrum Guitar Work page
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This is the first example I have seen in Plectrum
Guitar is very dry, with top and back cracks, loose braces,
hole in the side, fingerboard cracking and loose.
Binding is gone, etc.
Neck set is tight, and neck plane is flat, workable.
Bridge is tight to the body
With make an access hole where breakage is to effect all
Then make sound port.
Will go with solid finish on top to hide some defects.
A player's instrument is my goal here.
This board is barely stuck, I will repair it and re-use it
Markers added ready to
hole for 5th peg filled
Will dye before refinish
Scored for glue bond
Clamped off 8 hrs
Ready for top coat, bone color
The rest will get clear with reddish tint.
Hole sized for
I decided to just enlarge the hole so I could go in and do
brace and top repair without back removal.
I will form a port with hard chip board and a celluloid
face plate heated to profile.
The finish is now "Adequate"
I made an effort to do a good job but not spectacular.
All attempts at keeping the price down, perfection is
expensive and best left to more important pieces.
I want a good player first, and a decent looker second on old
warhorse like this.
Setup 28-18 W-14-10 S GHS
Rosewood pins, Faux Rosewood end pins
Action is good, plays very well up and down
Sound coming from speaker is blowing me away
Well, I maybe just be optimistic :)
The axe sounds good, nice and full, warm tone and will open
back up over time.
Adding pick guard
I took a blank of black, and made my own style
Changed to bone colored pins
Also, I am changing the tuning from Plectrum to Re-entrant
I will use 30-22-26 wound , and a 15 steel for this tuning at
It sounds very good in this tuning, I have worked
the action some more, will see how it acts from here.
At least it can haul the mail again, and get some tunes
These are Labors of Love, nothing more, nothing less.
If not me, then who? is my statement.