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1930’s maybell parlor guitar Restoration

June 14th, 2018 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “1930’s maybell parlor guitar Restoration”

restored maybell parlor guitar 1930A lot of us grew up with music in our family’s. Guitars being played by family members especially on Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving when all would gather and sing songs passed down from generations past, aunts, uncles, fathers and grandfathers joining in chorus. Old martin Guitars, gibson, Ovation’s and many other instruments would be pulled from a guitar case new and old to regale us with these songs. It was common to see maybell, silvertone & Harmony Guitars as these were the more affordable Guitars to own and readily available from the Sears catalog. These old guitars no matter what the brand have a very special place for us in our hearts as they preserve the great memories of days past. As our loved ones leave this world to another. Often these great treasures are left behind in a closet, under a bed or in the care of grandchildren, some of them are in great condition and others are in need of attention while cracks have formed or neck angles have dove into the abyss leaving these guitars with extremely high uncomfortable action making with the end result being that we don’t want to play them. The Maybell parlor guitar pictured in this post is one of these special guitars that is priceless to the family. It came to us with all of the back bracing completely popped off and the neck block came loose causing the top to crack on each side of the fretboard thus causing the sound hole to cave in. We were able to re install all of the back bracing and repair the loose neck block. The back was then reinstalled after fixing some more racing that we found to be loose on the top. After this a neck reset was performed to get the playability of this guitar dialed in.

Once all the repair work was completed the customer arrived to claim Grandpas old 1930’s Maybell Parlor guitar and was very pleased. It was important to us to retain as much of the patina as possible in this old guitar so we left the dark build up on the top. It just figures that the owner of this guitar would show up in a cool old New Yorker!

Here are some pics of the restoration process.


guitar setup and how often it should be done

October 1st, 2017 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “guitar setup and how often it should be done”

ย Guitar setup and how often it should be done.

My answer is often the same “once to twice a year but it depends on what the weather is like and other factors.” How often you play your guitar and how it is stored are things to consider. Changing your guitar’s string gauge & size can sometimes change the geometry in your guitar as well which will make it necessary to have adjustments done.

ย You can also expect to see a change in your guitar when the weather gets cold or hot.

Humidity is also a factor that you need to keep in mind. If you have ever done gigs outside in the cold weather you might notice your strings feel closer to the frets. The neck of the guitar has decided to straighten out and possibly gone in to a back bow. This can cause string rattle and notes to fret out as well as a change in intonation causing your chords to sound a bit off. The opposite can happen when (more…)

How to remove pickups from a Parker Fly Guitar

September 22nd, 2017 Posted by HowTo 0 thoughts on “How to remove pickups from a Parker Fly Guitar”

How to remove pickups from a parker Fly Guitar

Here is a quick explanation along with a video so you can see how to remove pickups from a Parker guitar. The two outside E string pole pieces are actually screwed into inserts in the pickup rout. First thing you want to do is raise the pole pieces on the pickup, go for the ones in the center so you have something to grab and pull on while you loosen the pickup. Now, Turn the pole piece on the high E string and the Low E string on the pickup counter clockwise until they are loose from the body inserts. give the center poles a tug and the pickup should come right out. Watch the video and you will see exactly how this is done. Keep in mind the variation of how Parker was securing humbucker’s into guitars can vary with different models, some used the A and B string Pole to fasten the pickup but this is how it went on this guitar.

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