Side project: Vintage Guitar Restoration

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 335 or ES 355 (single cutaway version) though materials are different and it wasn’t “electrified” originally. It was just an accoustinc (with tremolo bridge!).

During last month I was working on it, like 10-20 minutes a day but finally it’s done. New pickups, some cleaning up, new wiring with Orange Drops capacitors. I also did some adjustements to the bridge to make action reasonable.

I’ll be taking some photos of it soon and will also probably record some demo of how it sounds so I think next 2-3 posts will be about it and meanwhile I’m getting back to building my own axe.

Photo: Gibson ES 335; WikiMedia Commons by John Tuggle/lic. CC 2.0