Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

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Roaster42
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Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

Post by Roaster42 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:46 am

I have this Haynes Excelsior that was my wife's Grandmothers.
She was a wonderful musician and lived in Upstate NY near Rochester.
She left me this parlor guitar when she died and I brought it south, where our humidity was a bit much for it.
(In my defense I play mostly Ovation Steel string Acoustic/Electrics and they are almost impervious to humidity...at least my Adamas models)

This is the state it is in now and i would like to have it rebraced and repaired.
I am not looking to have a museum piece but it was important to my wife.
So, any suggestions on who to talk to??

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Re: Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

Post by Michael.N. » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:29 am

From what little I can tell from the pictures it will cost you far more than the guitars value. It has some serious structural issues.
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Re: Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

Post by OldPotter » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:33 pm

From the little I know, I wonder if it was an early Martin made for a retailer. Would have to find an expert to know the history. Or might just be a copy. I don't know who to suggest to take it to.....
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Re: Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

Post by MessyTendon » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:46 pm

Try Rosa String Works...see the youtube videos, they take various challenge projects. I think they might be able to fix it, but it's going to be expensive. Are willing to spend 1,000 or more? I think the neck re-set/re-brace, possibly a re-fret and fretboard....but not necessarily a re-fret. I think the challenge is making the top and bridge align right again without doing cheating adjustments with a new fingerboard.

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Re: Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

Post by Roaster42 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:07 pm

Thanks guys.
I might reiterate, it is important to my wife and therefore I will exhaust all possibilities.
I worked for a luthier when I was wee lad (For my friends across the pond) but most of those skills were electric and steel string acoustics.
It had a wonderfully warm tone before the Southern humidity strangled it.
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Re: Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

Post by Euan Hannah » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:00 pm

If you know of any colleges locally that do luthiery courses you could ask them if they wanted to take it on as a restoration project. If so it would be way cheaper than a commercial repair but would probably be done to a fairly high standard under tutor supervision.

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Re: Parlor Guitar Repair Luthier Suggestions??

Post by printer2 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:46 pm

Might try asking around in the AGF, maybe we will get you to try putting it together yourself. I know there are a few luthiers there that have seen this kind of thing many times. And yes, worth more than the money to repair it.

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