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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2012-05-04T03:24:36+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=12762 2012-05-04T03:24:36+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113391#p113391 <![CDATA[Re: I Think I Found My Summer Project]]>
gaucho wrote:
I recently found a cool old parlor sized guitar at a swap meet. It's in beautiful shape but had no markings on it at all other than a small piece of the paper label inside. The thing has a fantastic v shaped neck that is very straight. For some reason it had nylon strings on it though it was very obviously a steel string guitar. I made a good swap on it , brought it home and set out to figure out what it was. After much digging, I've found that it's a 1920 Harmony made Supertone that was sold in Sears catalogues. I was taking a chance on it since it was set up with nylon strings and I had no idea how it would sound with steel. Swapped them out and it has that classic, ladder-braced slide tone that I was looking for. I love finding stuff like that!


Nice find Hoss. The position marker on the 10th fret alone indicates it was made by either Harmony or Oscar Schmidt. I agree though that it does appear to be a Harmony.

By the way the issue with these mail order guitars produced by the jobbers is often not that the neck has gotten inky but rather that they were never properly angled to begin with which means even if the neck is true a reset is often lurking in the guitar's future.

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2012-05-04T03:06:28+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113390#p113390 <![CDATA[Re: I Think I Found My Summer Project]]>
But part of the Kay will live on. It tuens out the bridge is a perfect fit for a bridgeless 1920s Regal parlor guitar I have laying around. I am hoping to get to it this weekend. This one is going to be interested as I rebraced the Regal myself - got rid of the big clunky stuff that was in there and put in something that should allow the top to vibrate more, This was my first rebracing so Lawdy knows what it is going to sound like.

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2012-04-30T14:55:47+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113360#p113360 <![CDATA[Re: I Think I Found My Summer Project]]> Statistics: Posted by guitarslim101 — Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:55 pm


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2012-04-18T21:46:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113314#p113314 <![CDATA[Re: I Think I Found My Summer Project]]>
neangler wrote:
Imagine the stuff that's out there "just taking up room."


That makes me want to hit up garage sales and estate sales this spring/summer. Sometimes you can find a gem.

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2012-04-15T11:59:15+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113299#p113299 <![CDATA[Re: I Think I Found My Summer Project]]>
So how bad is a neck reset on these? Same as most other accustics? Do you do the resets yourself?

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2012-04-14T22:52:33+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113297#p113297 <![CDATA[Re: I Think I Found My Summer Project]]>
"Can I have it?", I asked.

"Sure," he said. "But there's a guitar inside."

It turned out to be a 12-string Yamaha in very good condition. He said some friend visited, left it behind, and he was tired of it "just taking up room."

Imagine the stuff that's out there "just taking up room."

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2012-04-11T05:10:26+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113280#p113280 <![CDATA[Re: I Think I Found My Summer Project]]>
I've been on this forum for several years now and I've been GASing for an old acoustic for a long time. I finally bought a 62 Harmony archtop, but had to sell it to pay bills. Seeing threads like this make me want to get another old guitar!

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2012-04-08T19:15:30+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12762&p=113277#p113277 <![CDATA[I Think I Found My Summer Project]]>
The poor child was stripped of alot of its parts so I went scrounging through my parts bin for whatever I could find like the old open gear tuners the guitar now sports. The neck actually looks pretty straight but is starting to detach. As these things were never angled properly to begin with a reset would be in its future no matter what. As soon as I cut a nut for it I will string it up (very gingerly) and see where I stand. It is a funny thing but having put a few of these old el cheapos back on the road I can assure you that after all of the time and sweat (and in my case sometimes a little blood) you put into them, if they put out any kind of noise you will go to your grave swearing it sounds a lot better than it has a right to.

Here be the Kay with its big sister - my 1960 J200.

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