New Old Crappy Acoustic Day

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by widefault, Jul 31, 2021.

  1. widefault

    widefault Tele-Meister

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    So I kind of collect weird old guitars, the cheaper the better. This one just came in.

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    Palco Products "Douglas" Stella-style parlor guitar, made in the US of A sometime back in the 60s. There is almost nothing on Palco, just an old post somewhere else with one in worse condition. They were apparently around a year or so, trying to sell cheap guitars in a market that was already flooded with Kay & Harmony and Japanese imports.

    Condition is really good to great, minor wear on the decal and a few tiny dings/scrapes, but it really looks like it's been under a bed or in the back of the closet for 50+ years.

    It is more amazing since this is the cheapest made guitar I have ever seen. No bushings on the tuners. No braces on the back at all, and only one under the fingerboard and one under the bridge on the top. Somehow the top is still straight, the neck is straight, and it honestly plays really good.

    As to how it sounds? Well, I guess the sounds it make would meet the minimum definition of acoustic guitar sounds, but it has zero character and not a whole lot of volume. Not really unexpected, but comparing it to my old Harmony Stellas is shocking how much better they sound.

    But I bought it because it was weird and cheap, so I'm fine with it.
     
  2. Deeve

    Deeve Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    HNOCAD!

    I pulled an equally cheap Victoria Japan nylon string from a dumpster and will share a hack for those bushing-free spaces, depending on the tolerances you've got:
    Big gap - shrink wrap
    Small gap - common plastic drinking straw

    I used the shrink-wrap, light bulb heat on the tuner assembly (removed from the guitar)

    Let me know if it worked for you.
    Peace - Deeve
     

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  3. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Congratulations?
     
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  4. boredguy6060

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    I have a Douglas Tele copy. Not a bad guitar.
     
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    Cool body shape.
    I would have helped the little guy too.
    Cool...
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    Cool. Happy new cheap guitar day.
     
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