Tuesday, November 24, 2009
'64 Guild F-212 twelve strings acoustic guitar restoration: Maestro Roberto Lanaro almost completed the job...
Maestro Roberto Lanaro - a friend and my trusty luthier for ALL my instruments since early '80s - received few months ago a restoration job request from yours truly.
I bought by chance a nice, yet quite battered, '64 Guild F-212 12 strings acoustic... I bought it because I loved its scuffed, humble work-horse appearance.
The previous owner(s) were not too tender with "her"... they hardly picked the top spruce down to bare wood near pickguard, there was a little damage to spruce top and a true "genius" installed a set of black Mini-Grover's tuning machines, usually used in electric guitars (see pixes...).
Something more? ... yes, of course... the headstock was (badly) re-routed to instal the above ugly Grover's, and the headstock back mahoganny was cracked.
... but, hey, it costed to me peanuts, so well worth some lovingly executed overhaul and restoration, at last.
First stroke was finding (at Hans Moust, the Guild's guru from The Netherlands) a N.O.S./N.I.B. Grover's V-312C Sta-Tite tuning machines from the sixties; then, after obtaining a "Go!" from luthier extraordinaire Frank Ford about the way to restore the poor headstock with "Guild" logo, ruined by the awful black Grover's installation - i.e. he hinted to go for an ebony headstok faceplate without loosing time with cheap "wannabe/original" black plastic like it was originally fitted... exactly what Roberto hinted.
Appreciating the wisdom of both Maestro Ford and Lanaro... I was in business!
My luthier ordered two german made solid ebony headstock plates (one as a spare...) with old-style "Guild" angled logo, with no "Chesterfield" as it was on original and on my '65 Guild F-312 Adirondack/Brazilian Rosewood 12-strings.
The german made parts were a long wait, but worth it... in the meantime, Roberto completed the other restorations, including the filling in mahoganny of old headstock "wrong" tuning machines holes, ready for the correct Grover Sta-Tite's routing and installing ...
An ugly duckling returned at its shiny rank and beauty, after 45 or so years of hard work on the roads, an overseas air-flight and some bad-tasting abuses.
Will receive it back from luthier workshop in next hours... can't resist in publishing some pictures of the new ebony layered headstock (and an ugly, nasty pix of how it looked before...).
A labour of love.
Posted by twogoodears at 11/24/2009 11:11:00 AM