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  1. bobouz

    NGD: D-55

    Beautiful guitar! And regarding those tuners, it seems like in the ‘70s you could easily end up with either Schallers or Grovers. My ‘73 F-30R came with Schallers, while my ‘74 F-40 came with Grovers. Someone was probably sitting there at the parts bins, flipping a coin. So congrats on that...
  2. bobouz

    NGD F-40 Traditional

    Really like that one in it’s natural gloss finish. Also like the pickguard shape & headstock treatment. Congrats & Enjoy!
  3. bobouz

    1986 Guild F-44

    Best of luck to you as the project moves forward - hoping you will be well rewarded!
  4. bobouz

    NGD Epiphone Deluxe Archtop

    Fwiw, there's a 1946 Emperor at Guitar Center's Hollywood store that says it's in Excellent Condition. Only one grainy picture, but I'm sure you could get them into a dialogue & procure more photos, as they've had this one for quite some time now. Price is currently $5,409. Nice thing about...
  5. bobouz

    1986 Guild F-44

    My motto: If it's structurally stable & you like the tone, leave it alone! There are a slew of generalizations about best practices in guitar construction, but the wood in your instrument does not know or care about those generalization. Imho, they represent positive reference points to look...
  6. bobouz


    The early ‘90s seems to have been a very solid era at the Nashville facility. I have a 1990 Chet Atkins Tennessean that’s a pleasure to play. Hope you have a ton of fun with that one. Congrats & Enjoy!
  7. bobouz


    How could I possibly pass up an opportunity to make Guildedagain nauseous? 2012 Gibson LP Special in his favorite color!
  8. bobouz


    Wow, I’m having trouble computing this one in my head! So only the 3rd & 4th strings have an adjoining string? Never have seen anything like it!
  9. bobouz

    1997 Starfire lll opinions?

    Remember that you can buy a harp tailpiece from Guild, made to fit a NS Starfire. The mounting holes may or may not line up, but at least you wouldn't have to immediately try to source a period correct example.
  10. bobouz

    1997 Starfire lll opinions?

    Well, you can probably guess what I would say, since I have the exact same model, a '97 Starfire III, modified with a harp tailpiece. Okay, I'll just say it: You'd be crazy to sell it - Get rid of the Guildsby! And here's exactly what it will look like:
  11. bobouz

    Truss rod adjustments

    I've adjusted the truss rod on every instrument I own - initially to get the relief dialed in where I want it. Once that initial adjustment is made, it's rare that I have to come back a second time. But I like to tinker, and down the road I'll come back to an instrument to make adjustments...
  12. bobouz

    Sealing a rosewood fingerboard?

    I've seen cracked ebony and rosewood on both fingerboards & bridges. I always apply Fret Doctor to the bridge along with the fingerboard on acoustics.
  13. bobouz

    lemon oil on fretboard with abalone inlays

    F-One is good, but Fret Doctor (bore oil) is better, imho. Neither one contains petroleum distillates, which is why I first went with F-One a number of years ago. But on some of my boards, F-One seemed to dry out rather quickly & the board would soon return to it's pre-treatment appearance. I...
  14. bobouz

    NGD ! Daddy happy 😁

    Classy woods & appointments, and the thin back bracing is sweet. If it sounds as good as it looks, you’ve got a real winner!
  15. bobouz

    What makes a good banjo?

    I’m only familiar with 5-string bluegrass banjo. Two big differences: it’s tuned to an open chord, and the drone 5th string changes everything. When I learned to play guitar, almost immediately I fingerpicked in a three-finger Scruggs style (and still do). Forward rolls, backward rolls...
  16. bobouz

    And so it begins.....F-50R repair/resurrection.

    Well, we do agree on those points. I have a J-45 Rosewood from 2002, and J-50 from 2015 - they're two of my favorite guitars. But Gibson's square-shoulder dreads just don't click with me at all - in fact that's true of most square-shoulder dreads (but for some reason I own four of them: one...
  17. bobouz

    And so it begins.....F-50R repair/resurrection.

    Thank you Kostask for the update. Honestly, I’ve been hoping for an update since your earlier posts, and wondered if we’d be getting another one - it’s a cool project to follow & congrats on your persistence to see it through. But at this point, I must step in as a Gibson fanboy & defender of...
  18. bobouz

    NGD Epiphone Deluxe Archtop

    From late-1934 to mid-1939, a number of Gibson acoustic archtops including the L-5, L-7, L-10, L-12, & Super 400, were X-braced rather than parallel braced. My hands-on experience in this area is rather limited by comparison to some other members here, but back in the '70s I owned a few...
  19. bobouz

    NGD Epiphone Deluxe Archtop

    Historically, I don't recall reading about any period where Epiphone trounced Gibson on any level. The two companies had highly competitive years where they were considered equals in the market. Typically, one of them would come out with something new, and the other company would immediately...
  20. bobouz

    Are any of those old Madeira acoustics worth checking out?

    They didn't do a thing for me back in the '70s when they were new in the stores. I was busy checking out everything I could get my hands on, and they were just average when compared to other Japanese imports.