So I talked to the guy fixing my Everly Brothers yesterday.
The guitar is a limited run of 100 and a Custom Shop model. The top caved in due to the neck pulling back. We figured it was from the light pre-war style bracing that they used, condition of the case, the traveling and the playing it got and maybe it got whacked or something.
Turns out the factory didn't bother to glue the brace that runs under the neck so it was just sitting there wedged between two other braces. I could see this on something production run or on a cheaper guitar but this is crazy!
I still like Gibson and I still like the guitar but man, how does this stuff happen?
I've got to say that the quality of the Gibson CS guitars I've played and purchased within the last few years have been the best I've seen.
Sorry you are having to deal with this. Maybe there is a good reason? Maybe the Everly Brothers original had this same flaw and they were going for complete authenticity... Maybe they were putting your guitar together during the DOJ raid and the builder was ordered at gunpoint to put the guitar down? You might own a piece of history bro!
Last edited by J.T. Guitar; 01-06-2012 at 10:10 AM.
At first, they'll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they'll dislike you. Criss Jami
I actually have to say I'm not uber upset about it or anything. I mean, it lasted a lot of years (this guitar was actually the first one I ever got at cost way back in 1996!) and I have a sentimental attachment to it because it's been everywhere with me.
The guitar itself sounds good (would prob sound better without the double guards) and always played good but mainly, I'm a big EB fan and it's kind of the ultimate live guitar for someone doing the types of shows I did with it. I had to replace it quickly (its backup is another 90s Gibson that needs the bridge re-glued) so I bought a D-41. Very nice looking guitar. Was unhappy with it at first but now I really like the way it sounds but took about 8 months of banging on it every day.
Some other interesting things are the depth is deeper then most, there is pre-war bracing, which I am told is much lighter and sounds better, and it's signed by Don Everly inside.
On the one hand I'm upset. On the other it's going to be cheap to fix because the thing is so battered that having it rebound, etc... would be a waste of money and I refretted it (myself) right before it got really bad.
Here it is at home with some maps:
Here is the label - Like I said, I can't confirm this because the guy (IIRC his name was Duane Powell) told me and he's not there anymore told me Don and Phil got 1 and 2 and Paul McCartney got number three so at the time it was a big deal for me!
This is when I tried to fix it. I clamped it up and put a few pads under the cracks. According to the repair guy this would have worked if that was the prob but there was no glue! You can see the splits in the binding but the fact it moves makes it an easy job for him:
Here is my relic case that I am going to try to sell to an Al Jazzera member who is looking for mojo. The whole bottom fell apart and the top too. Hopefully the depth won't make finding a new one too hard
Also, I need to give a shout out to the guy who is fixing this. He is a flat out amazing guitar builder and repairman and a super nice guy who does work for some very big people and has been doing this since the 60's. When I was there he was doing one of those German branded Gibson (Kel something?) with the motu fingerboard and if you saw it now you would think it had never been touched.
His prices are very good when you figure you can trust him and I saw a guitar he made and was blown away:
JC Boyce Guitar & String Instrument Shop
Going down there is like a time warp. He's got a little shop filled with fiddles, mandolins and amazing acoustics. If anyone needs a repairman for something acoustic he's well known and has a great rep and has been doing this since 1965 and best of all he doesn't do a ton of advertising or anything but has a ton of work - which is always a good sign.
that is some nice company you are in!
Picked it up this morning.
Jim is a great guy and I don't know how he does what he does but man, I have never had anyone do repair work like he does. No wonder he can be out in the middle of nowhere and still get the big clients!
He fixed everything. The action is better then it was when it was new and it sounds better then I have ever heard it. All he told me is he reglued the brace and fixed the sides but then did some work on the rest of the bracing and "some other things" to open it up. Also the saddle is new along with the bridge pins.
I have been playing the Martin he fixed for me every day since I got it back and I have tuned it once (and it went on a plane). I have no clue how he does this stuff but he does!
He did tell me I should go into the relic business because of the wear on this thing in 14 years. I asked him not to fix any of the cosmetic issues because of the sentimental value, so the guitar still looks like it always has.
I told him from now on I'm buying all my acoustics broken and am going to bring them to him because then I can take them out and not worry and it will be cheaper. He told me if things are missing a neck, body, side, etc... no problem. Even showed me his stock of Brazilian rosewood!
I do think I'll be buying a new case.
That is a nice Everly.
I have had nothing but good experiences with Gibson Montana and believe they have built some fantastic acoustics over the last few years.
Sorry for the gratuitous pic, but here are my "retirement" Gibsons, both Custom Shop
Cork sniffing Luddite
Great pics and thanks for sharing!
I agree, they make great guitars. The guy who fixed this one for me commented about what a good job they do out there as well. How a brace didn't get glued doesn't make much sense to me but the fact is the guitar plays and sounds great so I would rather have it in its repaired state then have something else. I had bought a D-41 Martin to replace it and it's a nice guitar but I still like the Gibson more.
I have a similar Hummingbird to yours except mine is cherry. Does yours have the v neck on it?