Category Archive: On the Bench

Posts related to restoration projects of classic instruments.

Nov 21

The Potato Chip Guitar, Fall 2014

It was possibly in the worst shape I’d ever seen any guitar in.  The body of the guitar was actually curled like a potato chip.  The back was off, split and warped, braces were missing, the guitar was split on the bass side from the endpin up to the hip, the shoulder was split, a …

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Jun 10


THE ODYSSEY: It all started in 1991 when my friend and fellow instrument enthusiast Steve Endsley (and builder of excellent mountain dulcimers) interrupted me in the middle of a performance to give me a paper bag containing the pieces of an strange old parlor guitar as a prank. It was a old birch 9 string …

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Sep 30

1919 Gibson A Mandolin Restoration

1919 Gibson A Mandolin Restoration Slowly but surely, with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, my old 1919 Gibson A mandolin has come back to life. I got this Mandolin from Ken Carlysle, former bandmate and leader of Ken Carlysle and the Cadillac Cowboys sometime around 1980 after he left it next to his wood …

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