A modified 12-string... "1930's" Video clip!!

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A modified 12-string... "1930's" Video clip!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:23 pm

:mrgreen:
I do like slotted headstocks..
Always wanted an old 1930's 12-string but they cost WAY too much for a poor blues singer.. :-/ :wha:

So, I bought a 1960's 12-string and modified the head and turned it brown(ish) ;D
Been carving mahogany for a few days now, here's how it went...



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Big fat ugly paddle head... :cry:



After:
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Nice old fat "Blind Willie McTell-size" :D

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MOP dolphin, I do this inlay on all my modified instruments

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New ol'timey head!! Just the way I like it, like an old Stella...

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The nut's gotta go, I need one with wider spacing here.. Some kind of finish on the mahogany as well..

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The neck is perfect, low action and a faat tone, I'm happy with this mod, guys!!
Gonna keep this in standard tuning..



Also, I installed the piezo pickup I've shown earlier:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-d6avFh36k
A pickup that I'm really satisfied with. :D
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Re: A modified 12-string...

Postby ricochet » Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:04 pm

Cool!
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:34 am

Thanks Ric!

I will make a video clip today.. :)

Here's some more pics, these two guitars I've fixed and finished the past few days!!

The 1930's Dobro and a 12-string emulating the 1930's... :mrgreen:
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby michaelm » Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:55 pm

Very nice work. I'm partial to the slotted headstock for some guitars myself.

You mentioned keeping the 12-string in standard tuning. If it's a '60's model, you might want to tune it down a whole step. It seems to me that not many of the 12-strings of that era were braced like they are today.

A question about the Dobro: How does the sound of the f-hole style compare with the Dobros with the screen sound holes? By 'sound' I mean tone and volume.
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:51 pm

Thanks!!

I have no idea how the sounds affected by the f-holes or the round port holes..
My guess is that there's no difference at all, any difference in tone would come from the cone, strings, woods etc.. :)

The 12-string has no problem with standard(E) using 0.10's strings!! :mrgreen:
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby leftyguitarman » Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:44 pm

I love the look of slotted headstocks, but restringing them is a huge pain in the ass. Nice work John!
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:13 pm

Thanks, Lefty!

Yeah, they're cool to look at but a bit tricky to string.. I agree, but it's worth it!!
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bigdaddyguitar » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:02 pm

The dolphin inlay looks real nice , Johm . Classy !!!
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:42 pm

Thanks!!

I bought a bag of MOP dolphins from eBay some years ago and I've been using them now and then on modified guitars..
The are quite unusual..
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby zhyla » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:05 am

There is a Harmony/Stella 12 string that has a slotted headstock FYI. Might make for an easier conversion next time.
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:56 am

I have one of those... :mrgreen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCr2ILp7Bkc

The Harmony Stella a cool guitar but it's fun to make things by hand!!
I like wood working.. A challenge now and then is good for my mind, haha!!!
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby guitarslim101 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:00 am

Looks like a clean job. I like it.

I've been toying with the idea of doing a bit of headstock work on my Dean resonator. I wouldn't mind reshaping it to more of a paddle and slotting it. But I've also been thinking of just building a baritone neck for it... decisions decisions.
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bottleneckjohn » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:13 am

A baritone would be awesome!!!!
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby savage » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:47 pm

Nice, you got any soundclips? I got a 60's-70's silvertone 12-string that I picked up for 90 bucks a few years back. Sounds better than a lot of the $500 models they got in the music shops.
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Re: A modified 12-string... "1930's"

Postby bottleneckjohn » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:35 pm

Hey Savage!

Gonna make a video tomorrow!

Them Harmony Stella's and Silvertone's are great guitars!!!!
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