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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Treadplatedual, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Treadplatedual

    Treadplatedual Tele-Holic

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    Picked up a few miscellaneous parts, some in great shape, from a friend of a friend's estate sale.

    This appears to be a 1940 epiphone olympic that was in the process Of being refinished... Anyone know anything about it?
     

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  2. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    If it's playable and you can get it refinished that's a great guitar! Dave Rawlings has played one for years.
     
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    All I know is looks pretty enough to finish. Nice score. Sorry I am of no help. I have a '57 Harmony and I love the sound of the big boomy archtops.
     
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    Whatever it is, it's COOL!
     
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    A good start!!;):)
     
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    I used to have a 36 epiphone triumph. It was falling apart. Got hard up for cash and traded it straight across for a music man Stingray and a GK bass stack. He turned around and restored it, which I didn't have the money to do, and sold it to a collector. It was a good deal for both of us. He owned the music store, and the amp was new and the bass was used.
     
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    That's the one guitar that I owned but never got to play.
     
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    So, in addition to the stripped down guitar itself, I've got all the hardware and several bridges to choose from. I'm torn - do I even attempt to do this myself?
     
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    If you have no experience in guitar repair and finishing the answer is no. That is not the guitar to learn on. If you want it restored now you could pay a luthier (it won't be cheap because finishing is labour intensive).

    Alternatively, you could practice your repair and finishing chops on a few cheap guitars and then attempt this one yourself.

    The hardware (bridge, tuners, pickguard etc.) will be easy to install. The difficult part will be finishing, carving the nut, and possibly recarving the base of the bridge to match the contours of the top.

    If it were me, I would try setting it up first without finishing it and see how much I like the guitar. That might determine how I proceed.
     
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    Yeah, I've built about 20 now, including 5 or 6 from scratch. There are a few things I haven't done (binding, especially on the fretboard) that are what I don't want to screw up.

    I might look at building an acoustic or two, or a double-bound electric for example, to practice those chops.
     
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    Then go for it!
     
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