January 27th, 2012, 07:18 PM
A couple of months ago I was given two acoustics that were pulled from a dumpster outside a city hall. Thinking I could do something with them, their "savior" brought them to me. I managed to clean them up and they look pretty decent, but they're both unplayable. The necks on both are warped and twisted beyond a light repair. I've read about someone taking a sanding block and going to town on it until it was even, but I am afraid of doing so. I do not see a Truss rod and it's probably just a flat steel "plate" keeping the neck "straight". I've also heard of heating the guitar up and clamping it, but the cost exceeds to value of these guitars. I'm just wondering if these are worth fixing, or should they be hung in a restaurant as "wall decor".
One is a Tempo Classical from the 60's
Other is a Kay Truetone from anywhere between 1940's to 1960's.
No serial numbers on either so I couldn't find anymore info. These were dumpster rescues. so....
January 27th, 2012, 07:33 PM
I use those for dedicated slide guitars, if they look cool. They Kay has possibilities, they used that name on a lot of guitars. if it's an archtop, it's definitely a slide machine, if the neck isn't a complete noodle.
I set em up, play em a bit, a friend comes over and says "oh that's so cool, I need to learn to play slide more" and I give 'em away. Sometimes you regret it, but mostly not.
January 27th, 2012, 08:14 PM
Hang them up or sell them on ebay as wall decorators or projects. If the action was really high that would be one thing but a badly twisted neck is a lot to deal with. Another option would be to try to make slide guitars out of them.
January 27th, 2012, 09:27 PM
I looked into the slide idea, and am highly considering it. I also browsed other threads and saw people installing electric pickups into them. I have an old Tele Bridge that came from an offbrand that Ill throw in, as well as an on/off switch and then run it through a strap jack. there is no lacquer on this, so I'll rub on a few shots of Tru-Oil, and consider a refretting? I just have no experience and doubt the guitars worth the money for that. Ill just clean those frets as much as I can. Thanks for the idea guys! I've been hoping it wasn't a lost cause!
January 28th, 2012, 09:29 PM
I have two dumpster guitars in the house. One is an early 1970s Guild that had cracks in the top and back, a broken neck and eveyrthing from the tuners to the pickguard was missing. I am certainly no professional at this stuff but after a lot of time and work and about $100 outlay of cash while it ain't gonna win no beauty contest, it is one of my favorite guitars.
Not the prettiest repair job but is is holding together fine
Another is a 1920s Regal parlor. All the top bracing was gone, it had cracks in the top and back, a broken bridge, and an inky neck. I carved new top bracing for it and put it in and fixed the cracks. I am figuring I will get around to replacing the bridge and rather than mess with the neck put a nut extender on it and use it for a lap guitar.
January 31st, 2012, 03:50 PM
I have two dumpster guitars in the house. One is an early 1970s Guild that had cracks in the top and back, a broken neck and eveyrthing from the tuners to the pickguard was missing.
Kinda hurts to look at it, doesn't it? nice that you were able to save a sweet old Guild.
February 3rd, 2012, 08:54 PM
That last picture didn't hurt to look at, it's pretty sweet! The ones I have aren't down that far, so i guess I should be thankful! I really love Guilds though, excellent guitars no matter what shape they're in. I will try and post pictures if I get the chance
February 3rd, 2012, 09:07 PM
Oh, and I really like the piano with the reverse keys on the end. I've seen that on Richard Wright's keyboard! R.I.P. That man.
February 4th, 2012, 12:12 AM
Oh wait, no it's not...