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    Luthier Alert! Brought two guitars in to be rebuilt

    I have two guitars that need some TLC.

    The first is my old '59 00-21 Martin. It's a fantastic sounding guitar but needs a neck reset.

    The second is probably not worth much money at this point, but it's sentimental to me. It's the first guitar a company ever gave me. I always wanted one of these since I started playing - Gibson Everly Brothers. This one is 4/100. They (Gibson) told me that 1 and 2 went to Don and Phil and 3 went to Paul McCartney and I have four (no way to verify this but it sounds plausible). It's also signed inside by Don Everly who IMHO is one of the greatest and most important rhythm guitarists in rock and roll - and also one of the best singers and harmonizers.

    The EB just has been destroyed from all the playing. The case should have been replaced 50,000 miles ago but it wasn't. It has been on bus, train, plane, car and I even brought it to Afganistan to play for the troops.

    Anywho, it's sentimental but the action is about 1/4" off the board and the neck is pulling forward.

    I am getting the neck on the Martin reset and I'm getting the frets replaced as well. They're pretty warn out because that guitar has had a lot of play on it by me over the years as well. I didn't realize it was quite as rare as I was told. It sounds fantastic but is hard to play as of now.

    The Gibson I got some interesting info on. The bracing pattern is different from production models and it has really thin pre-war bracing in it and the top, back and sides are quite a bit thinner as well. What we think is that the bracing maybe couldn't hold up to so much travel that the guitar has done and was made more to play at home/studio and not be a road guitar due to the fact that it is a limited, custom shop guitar that sold for a good price - but who knows. The frets are good but the neck needs to come off and the body needs to be fixed and the neck reset and it should be good to go. The guy said he likes repair work because everything is different so this one should be a fun project. It will be good to have it playing again!

    The guy fixing them is very well known on sites like The Martin Forum and has worked on a lot of people's guitars from all over. He also builds guitars and I thought some here may want to check those out. I know he has built them for some pretty big people.

    Here is his info. Very nice guy and not a salesman type in the least. If anyone needs a good repair person for acoustics or wants a custom build give him a look!

    JC Boyce Guitar & String Instrument Shop

    Here are my wrecked guitars:

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    Re: Luthier Alert! Brought two guitars in to be rebuilt

    So the Martin is all done. New frets, neck reset, saddle and Jim also took the machine heads (Waverly) apart and repaired them and put the right gears in, etc.... The work is top notch - the intonation is perfect up and doen the neck, frets are perfect and it is LOUD. I can't put it down.

    Pulled the OHSC out for this pic:


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