Okay this isn't a NGD post, but it is a new guitar development for me
. I've had my Father-in-Law's old Kent Americana in my possession since Thanksgiving 2011. It needed a new bridge and tuners and some general TLC.
It is a Teisco model and he bought it used in 1974.
I couldn't get the action low enough to play comfortably, and when I got strings on it I noticed one of the pickups didn't work. So it sat around for a while while I got up the gumption to have a go at it.
Today I said to hell with it, raised the action as high as I could, tuned it to 5-string open G and now it is my slide guitar. Plugged it straight into my Pro Junior, turned it up to 10 and knocked out some gnasty delta blues.
Best part is, I noticed the pickup selector switch for the pickup that doesn't work was scratchy, so I knocked the hell out of it for a while and got all the dust and gunk out and now it works!
So now I have a fully functional and dirty
sounding cool old vintage piece! Yay!