Watch as the Rosewood side sandwich starts to shape itself due to heat and gravity. Then more manual bending and finally clamped in an external mold overnight. It's been said that when the wood cells wake up in the morning,it will have changed its memory from straight to curved!! #027 is moving right along.#galuskaguitars#affordable#handmade#guitars#santamonica#prewarguitar
Vega 6 string circa 1940. This old lady got a lot of work including pressing original unbraced top to correct for some serious sagging (original pickup weighs a lot) and adding two full length tone bars to support top, refret; bridge shaping etc. Original humbucker was shorted and I couldn’t find any pickup guys that could rebuild it for a reasonable cost so I made an oversized ebony cover and chassis that would fit any standard paf and also mount with original hardware and footprint. Not the fix I hoped for but one that’ll work for a reasonable cost and look. #guitarrepair#bornoldman#vegaguitar#humbucker#luthiery#vintageguitar#prewarguitar#goodlookin
Got my hands on my first @prewarguitars instrument today. Based on a 30’s Martin OM with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. A friend brought it in for a strap button. An amazing sounding guitar with what they call level 3 distressing. I’m not always a fan of distressed instruments but this was beautifully done and really looks the way it should. The tone and playability was where it really shines. These guys really cracked the code on prewar Martin mojo. // #luthier#guitar#prewarguitar#martinguitar#guitarrepair#tonefordays
Some of the latest new arrivals here at the shop that aren’t yet listed on our site:
Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce
Collings Julian Lage Signature OM1A-JL
Collings OM2H, with torrefied top,
And new to the store that have just recently been listed on our site:
Pre-War Herringbone Brazilian
Martin D-28 Authentic 1937
Collings I30LC and I35 LC
Collings MT2 and MF mandolins
No shortage of amazing guitars at the store right now.
What a week in Nashville! Met with lots of dealers and luthiers at the NAMM show. Highlights include: listening to Tristan and Nate play at the Ellis/Pava booth, booth visits with friends, watching Pre-War + Ellis’ amazing karaoke debut, and having my mom come hang at the booth. Missed taking a pic of The Po Ramblin Boys at The Station Inn, but their show was so good! Already looking forward to next year’s NAMM! .
The Pre-War Model J slope shoulder dreadnought has the sound and look of a well-loved vintage instrument, but with the price, adjustability, and reliability of a modern guitar. The classic pairing of Adirondack spruce and Honduran mahogany offers tone that is dry and clear, with some sweetness around the edge. The guitar body features an ultra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish and has been subjected to Pre-War’s “Level One” distress level, simulating a vintage instrument that’s spent most of its life tucked under a bed or stashed in a closet.
make / manufacturer: Washburn
model name / number: Style 340 Grand Concert
Here we have the cream of turn of the century Chicago guitars. The Style 340 was from Washburn's very top line. Solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Solid spruce top. Mahogany neck. 25" scale. Recently had a perfectly performed reset by master luthier Ed Dick of Victor guitar in Denver. This guitar is a fingerpicker's dream. The bass is very tight and controlled so one can really "lean into it" without blowing out the bass. (Mississippi John Hurt Lovers will know what I mean). The soundboard and strings are VERY even all the way across. Hairline crack up to the middle of the bridge (long ago repaired, cleated and stabilized) and some minor checking are the only real flaws. The abalone inlays up and down the fretboard and headstock are works of beauty. Has X-bracing, which was rare for the time. This guitar plays itself and is ready to do so. Just set up, again by Ed Dick. Perfect tuning, perfect intonation, perfect sound. The only other known 340 for sale a dealer has at $6500 at the moment. Do NOT confuse this with cheaper Washburn models of the time, or god forbid, anything made by the modern day Washburn (not the same company). These guitars were made to and did compete with Martin at the time. And they did. Comes in what can't be the original case, but oh well. We're talking about art here. We're talking about history. We're talking about tone. You will NEVER see another 340 again. They're gone. $3500. #guitar#guitarsofinstagram#guitarsforsale#guitars#washburn#acousticguitar#prewarguitar#parlorguitar#wilco#davidrawlings#gillianwelch#rare#handmade#tone
Tl;dr my husband just did the coolest thing... so far.
Once upon a time, my grandpa bought an old, beat-up $3 guitar from a garage sale (the before pic is at the very end). As it turns out, it's a 1941 Epiphone Zephyr. Designed by Herb Sunshine, the Zephyr was introduced in 1939 as Epiphone's fanciest electric model, and in the ever-popular Les Paul's early days, he collected Zephyr models exclusively. Anyway, enough nerd stuff.
My incredibly talented husband COMPLETELY restored this drop-dead gorgeous guitar, my grandpa is a very happy guy, and I was given the great honor of doing the glamour shots. 🤘🎸
If you would like to see the progress pictures, @jd_core posted them as he worked. You can find them on his profile, as well as the rest of the amazing work he does!