1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by MancJonny » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:35 am

There are quite a number of Michael Gee's guitars featured on YouTube, most of them recent and played by professional / semi-professional players.

From the point of early-built ones, search YT with:
"1980 Michael Gee Classical Guitar".

(Note: I was advised by a Mod when I joined the forum not to post direct links to external websites, so this is me doing as I am told).
Michael Gee (1979)

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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by rinneby » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:15 pm

Next week I'm going to play a Michael Gee 2010. Looking forward to it.

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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by Adrian Allan » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:39 am

Had a look at the guitar this morning.

MancJonny got himself a real bargain. It still plays beautifully and has the signs of a very high quality guitar. The only recommendations I gave were to perhaps lower the saddle by a few mm, have the intonation finely checked by a luthier (it was a tiny bit flat higher up the frets) try out some different strings - as the D'addario can be a bit bland and perhaps the trebles could be brought out more - so I suggested trying some Oasis carbon trebles, but that is very much my personal preference.
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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by MancJonny » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:33 pm

It was very kind of Adrian to give me an hour of his time and informed advice. Thank you!

I will be contacting a luthier (as yet, undecided) in respect of all of the above.

I would like new machine heads fitted, too; and possibly having the guitar cleaned-up a little more. I did what i think is a pretty good job, but, never having had a shellac-finished instrument before, I approached the piece very gingerly, to say the least.

Any further comments on any matters touched on in this thread are still most welcome.
Michael Gee (1979)

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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by JohnB » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:45 pm

MancJonny wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:33 pm
I will be contacting a luthier (as yet, undecided) in respect of all of the above.

I would like new machine heads fitted, too; and possibly having the guitar cleaned-up a little more. I did what i think is a pretty good job, but, never having had a shellac-finished instrument before, I approached the piece very gingerly, to say the least.
Congratulations about the guitar.

It is a very personal choice but I would be inclined to keep the original tuners, as long as they are decent and are functioning properly - they go with the guitar (I would lubricate them of course).

If there are squeaks, sticking etc when you turn the tuners that can be probably be dealt with fairly easily e.g.

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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:18 pm

JohnB wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:45 pm
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If there are squeaks, sticking etc when you turn the tuners that can be probably be dealt with fairly easily...
As above, plus lube the nut slots, traditional method is graphite, special concoctions also available.
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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by Guitar-ded » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:29 pm

Very nice. Thnks for sharing.
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Re: 1979 Michael Gee classical guitar

Post by MancJonny » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:59 pm

Quick update: this guitar has been shipped to Roger Williams at Lichfield for a full inspection & appraisal of what may be done to restore it to tip-top condition.

Watch this space . . . .
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