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April 2015

Articles by John Brown

1921 Martin 0-18, Pt. 2

March 11, 2008
I am excited to get started and share the restoration of this wonderful, early Martin. In last month’s column, we assessed the damage and made a list of concerns
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1921 Martin O-18

February 8, 2008
From the very first installment of this column, the topic has always focused on solidbody or semi-hollowbody guitar restorations, prompting the question, “Do you ever work on acoustic guitars
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Refinishing a ‘60s Blonde Tele, Pt. 2

January 9, 2008
Welcome back to another day in our refinishing department as we continue restoring a 1960 Fender Telecaster to its original blonde finish. Last month we applied the vinyl sealer,
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Refinishing a ‘60s Blonde Tele

December 11, 2007
This has been a busy month. We’re getting our instruments ready for the NAMM show that’s held every January in Anaheim. During this time, our repair department continues to busily
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Rebuilding ‘50s Kluson Tuners

November 9, 2007
This month, we’ll be resurrecting some original Kluson tuners from a ‘55 Gibson ES-225T. I was able to date the tuners by referencing a few of their features. The
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'55 Gibson ES-125

October 10, 2007
On our workbench this month is a Gibson ES-125, which came to us with a collapsed top. It had been this way for years but, as of late, had
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Kahler Hybrid 7300 Tremolo Install

September 10, 2007
In the early ‘80s, I was basically living out of my suitcase, eating Top Ramen twice a day and being a rockstar at night. The band was performing wherever
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‘65 Gibson SG, Pt. 7

August 8, 2007
The final steps in our journey mending the SG.
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‘65 Gibson SG, Pt. 6

July 11, 2007
This month we will be completing this portion of the rebuilding stage
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‘65 Gibson SG, Pt. 5

June 12, 2007
We left off last month by completeing the installation of the two reinforcement splines, leveling and finalizing the prep work. We are now ready to do the finish touchup.
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