Should a strongly addicted man seek for help? Is it life-threatening condition? In a guitar world GAS is a serious case. But is it dangerous? Should I cure it? GAS stands for Guitar Acquisition Syndrome or Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Basically, it means that you're always buying new stuff. An old joke says: - how many guitars is enough? - one more! But there's something into it. Every guitarist and guitar collector wants to get "yet another axe", "yet another overdrive", "this beautiful pick", "oh, come on, that's a legendary instrument, I'll bring it back to life".... Every guitarist's (and collector's) partner knows that it's impossible to stop it. There's a saying: the more you eat, the more appetite you get.
- May 01,
In order to build something new from something old, you often need to destroy it first. And so the destruction derby continues :) Once I disassembled entire guitar, I inspected it to find any scratches and cracks. Those were then fixed using some wood dust, scraps of woods (leftovers from other projects) and Rakol Wood Glue/epoxy (depending on the kind of the fix). After that the time came to cut holes for resonator. The resonator "cone" itself is a funny thing. You can buy "replacement cones" for dobro and other kinds of respohonic guitars but they are extremely expensive and I feel like it'd be a kind of against "DIY spirit". I also like to recycle things so I lookedApr 01,
Recently I mentioned that I have found my very first guitar and I'm going to give her a new life. It seems I'm already quite deep into the process :) Originally, that was a 7-string guitar made in USSR. I have no idea how old is that but I got it when I was about 15. So, it's at least 25 years old but my bet is that it's a bit older, around 30 probably. I have no idea what it's made of though I suppose the top is spruce. That's how the wood look like and spruce was/is quite popular and cheap wood in Russia. I'm not sure of that though. Anyway, I decided to convert it to aMar 22,
I really thought I'll never see her. Then I just opened a box and there she was. Suddenly, out of the blue, I found her. My very first, very old guitar of which I was sure that she's lost for good. That was a surprise. Hiding inside a long-forgotten cardboard box, she survived over 20 years, not even a slightest trace of dust. I'll be giving her a new life this year by converting her to a diy resonator guitar ("dobro"). I just need to find a nice pet food bowl... photo: Paul Beard/lic. CC2.0/wikimediaFeb 22,
Because of a Xmas/New Year holiday period and some personal stuff I didn't have enough time recently to continue building. I did however find some time to complete a tiny side project and restore my other guitar. Over 20 years ago I bought a guitar that I just loved because of its look. Back than I knew nothing about guitars and I could barely play a bunch of open chords but that didn't matter. The guitar was in "catastrophic" condition. I took it to the luthier nearby and he managed to make "an instrument" out of it. It was barely playable but at least was again complete and looking pretty nice. It's a hollow-body clearly inspired by Gibson ES 335Jan 04,