Saturday, April 14, 2012

Please Do NOT Refinish Guitars

Here we have a wonderful guitar from the 30s.  A holy grail of sorts -- especially for some folks.  Pre War Martins and Gibsons (and others, too) are among the most sought after and valuable guitars.  I don't plan on setting off a debate on this issue -- suffice it to say there is a reason.

Instead of captioning every photo, I have one simple statement to make......Please, please, pretty please STOP refinishing guitars.  No reason is good enough, just don't do it.  Consider what this guitar would be worth if someone had not "freshened it up to look like new"...............

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Randy --

Here we have Randy.  He has been around since the early 80s and from the looks of it he hit the ground running.    If only he could tell us a little about the action he has seen over the years.  The few (i.e. - many) scuffs, bumps, bruises give us an indication of what may have been witnessed.
Untouched or tuned for at least a few years

Love the green forearm wear -- this is what those "new relics" wish they  had!

Ooooo -- buckle rash

Yes, for those of you who know me and/or follow the blog, that is one of my favorite amps of all time in the last photo --- the mighty Supro Thunderbolt.  Randy is all the rage with his matching headstock and gold hardware.  Unfortunately, Randy did not get to hang out very long (about 30 minutes to be exact) before someone noticed the "inherent beauty of the entire package'.  Fortunately, he is a great friend of the shop so if push comes to shove.....