RobMacKillop wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:49 pm
Cheers, Tate. I didn't know there was a North-American guitars thread,- I'll have a good read of it, and hope someone mentions Ashborn, whose banjos (wood, strung in gut) were of the highest quality.
I played and recorded an original Martin gut-strung guitar, which belongs to Edinburgh University. It's not half as good as his teacher, Stauffer's guitars, but is worth more than the entire collection put together.
As for my Garcia guitar being as good as a Torres - I've played a Torres for 30 minutes or so, and I would say there is definitely a difference in build quality, but the sound is of the Garcia is almost as good. Delighted with it.
One problem I've noticed is that the ivory (?) part of one or two tuning machines rattles when I play loudly. Not sure how to fix that, but I'm guessing it will not be a difficult fix.
Yes, Ashborn is mentioned in the thread. It's amazing that most of his instruments end up going for less than Martins and they are generally not as well known but from what I hear they are excellent. It's just that his "brand" didn't last as long.
With Torres/Garcia there can be great variance between instruments by the same maker such that an excellent Garcia will be as good or better than an average Torres. Maybe what makes a great maker is consistency then?
As far as the tuning machine rattling - there are some quick things you can check before doing repairs with epoxy or other involved measures. Usually, tuning machines have screws that attach them to the headstock AND screws that attache gears to the rollers. Make sure all of those are snug. If the ivory button itself is loose or cracked you could tried putting a rubber band around it to tighten it up to at least get to the point of being able to play without rattling.
If none of those work I'm sure taking it to a luthier who has experience in restoration would be the best route, but also the most expensive. The cheapest would be the super glue route applied by Mr. Rob himself
Cheap but risky lol.
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