I've had a lovey 1939ish Gibson L50 archtop since about 1979,( has the old Gibson script logo on the headstock). And even though the original frets are shot, (quite obvious visually), It still plays wonderfully and does not note out. I can't bring myself to refret it. It's still bone stock.
Also have a "The Loar" LH-650-VS, I bought it new when they first came out. Sadly it seems to be out of production now? I really like it, especially for the price. It's really aging in/playing in nicely. I had to work some magic on it to bring it up to snuff, but the bones of it are good enough that it was worth the time invested. Mainly massaged the frets, cut a new bone nut, and really nailed the setup and string selection on it. After much trial and error I settled on New Tone AM-H 14-58, same set I use on the L50. Should've tried those first. Duh.
I have quite a few electric archtops, but those are for another forum to discuss.
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Post by swampyankee on Jan 6, 2020 20:39:23 GMT -5
I like the look of them and would love to own one, but I'm not sure it would have the right voice for what I do. I love getting wooly and jazzy with my Gretsch but that's a semi-hollow body not archtop. Acoustically, I'm more of a dreadnought, 000 guy
Post by magictwanger on Jan 28, 2020 0:39:14 GMT -5
I have a 1934 L50, inherited from my father's Godfather. He played in a jazz combo in New Orleans and remembered my Dad sitting-in during practices, so he left the guitar to him in his will. I was 1st string violin in 8th grade when my Dad came home with it and gave it to me. The guitar is in great shape and gets humidified and played regularly.
Post by swampyankee on Feb 3, 2020 12:55:28 GMT -5
Looking into a D'angelico EX63 I was offered in trade for an import Guild Starfire V I have for sale. Archtop, about the size and shape of a Gibson J200 but thinner. If it sounds ok acoustically, I'm in!
I went into a junk store/antiques a couple days ago. There was an old acoustic archtop It was a mess, I could find no indication of a name or manufacture on it. I was really only interested because the neck was all cattywampus, I saw it as a challenge. I’ve never done an acoustic neck re-set before and thought it might be a cool project. The guy told me it would be too expensive for me, that he paid $40.00 for it. I agreed, Still I could tell that the body had a good tone to it. It’s hard to date. I’m thinking maybe he’d take a trade. I picked up two instruments from my neighbor who’s dad passed away, she wanted $50.00 for his violin and acoustic guitar, the violin case was worth the money, plus I wanted to see if I could make the Estaban Dread a playable instrument. I did and donated it to the U of F Rehab/Physical Therapy Center. The violin is solid, sound post where it should be, the bow need’s re-haired.
Here is a link to a Truetone archtop similar to the one I had and made reference to in this thread on January 5. Same fretboard, looks like maple but said to be rosewood. And I had also taken the pickguard off of my also. It rattled.
Gretsch Country Club,2006 Gretsch New Yorker-1955 Epi Joe Pass, 2017- completely new PU's,benidetto front,classic gibson HB bridge,bigsby. This one gets played,a lot. Harmony- unknown model,probably late '50s early '60s, currently on bench being restored. Gibson 12 string 335-1965, center block of course but archy non the less. Gibson FrankenES something- bought it for $20 bucks, was cut in two with bandsaw presumably at the factory, the neck was separate and not known if it went with this guitar or not. I believe it was ES 350T or maybe a birdland.I put it together thinking I'd use it for slide. Had to redo the neck,it was rejected due to wacky fret distances.Used a strat fretboard with variable radius, put Gretsch style trestle bracing in it, used Lollar Charlie Christian for front, Lollar P-90 at bridge. The neck is wide,1 11/16 at the nut. This is my #1 nowadaze, plays great and is one of a kind,worth at least $25.
Made a deal with the guy and picked it up on Thursday. I haven’t put it on the bench yet, I’m not sure how the neck was/is attached. It seems pretty old, no makers marks or numbers. I don’t recognize the fret markers, they seem a bit unusual and may be a clue to the manufacturer. It doesn’t appear to be a high end instrument. It’ll be my first neck reset on an acoustic, the main reason for it’s acquisition.