January 14th, 2012, 09:42 PM
I recently picked up a Guild D4 12, 12 string, American made guitar for $70. It was a mess. Cracked headstock, dryed out, pickguard loose, back to side seams beat up. I wish I could post pics, but can't. Glued the headstock and cleand up some of the battle scars. I was finally able to put strings on it today. It sounds wonderful. It may never be worth a whole lot, but it is by far the best 12 I have ever owned. It kind of makes me feel good to know that it won't end up in a camp fire as trash. It is still useful for making beautiful music.
January 14th, 2012, 10:57 PM
Great story Dave...and what a score! Yes, it may never be worth a lot, but what counts is it's worth to you.
I picked up a Hofner acoustic recently from a pawn shop. The back was coming off from either being dropped or the prior owner doing a Pete impersonation. Anyway, I gave em a $20 bill took it home, cleaned it, restrung it, set it up, snapped a pic and put it on craigslist.
The new owner has contacted me three times to tell me how thrilled he is with the guitar. So, there is much good that can come from rescuing basket cases. Enjoy that Guild bro, you got yourself a gem there!
January 14th, 2012, 11:02 PM
January 18th, 2012, 03:17 PM
Pictures Are Required!
And you are spot on when you say there is nothing like the feeling you get from playing a guitar you brought back from the dead.
My last project was also a Guild - an all mahogany 1972 Guild D-25 which was headed for the dumpster. The poor thing looked like it had been in a wreck. Everything from a missing pickguard and tuners to top cracks to a broken neck.
After alot of time and and work (and more than a few screw ups) it is all back together. While it sure ain't gonna win no beauty contest and may not even be worth the $100 I have put into it - it is now a sweet playing and sounding guitar.
The neck after repairs - Warning, this is not for the squeamish.
But here she be all strung up and ready for a night out on the town. After all that work you would think I would get six bridge pins that match - but that just ain't my style.