As time allows, I’ve decided to display a few of the guitars that customers have sent to me for restoration. There have been several, so please be patient with me.
I allow the customer (and their budget) to control the level of restoration work to be done and only guide them with my suggestions. There are some folks that want their instrument to play great but not necessarily look brand new, as well as some that want them to play great as well as look as though they just bought them.
Regardless of the level of restoration, the guitars pictured below have been at a minimum; disassembled as required and parts thoroughly cleaned and inspected. If the customer requested it (and most do) all bright aluminum parts, such as end plates, key heads, necks, pedal rack, etc. were sent out for professional polishing.
Please note: I don’t typically replace the mica on the cabinets, unless absolutely necessary. Lacquer finished cabinets are either sent out for stripping and refinishing, or just cleaned and polished by me, depending on the preference of the customer. I resolve any issues found and of course replace any worn parts as required. The guitars are then reassembled, lubricated and setup with the customer’s copedent for years of dependable, smooth playing.
1971 rosewood satin mica push-pull Emmons S-10 3×4 (before and after)
This guitar was sent to me by a customer in Los Angeles, California for a complete restoration. The photos below were taken to show the condition the guitar was in before restoration.
Someone in the past had done several modifications that needed to be undone in order for the guitar to be correct. For example: if you look closely in the photo below, you’ll notice the screws in the pedal rack end pieces that were installed to protrude into holes drilled the leg tubes. I sent those parts to a machinist friend, who filled the holes by reaming them to a specific diameter and inserting a frozen plug (with a slight interference fit) into the heated part. There is also another small hole located to the right and below the pair of mounting holes for the missing volume pedal attachment bracket. It was repaired in the same manner.
Here are a few photos of the under carriage. Among many other things, all of the knee levers were installed improperly (incorrect location and mechanical actuation). At least the actual levers themselves were Emmons parts and could be reinstalled correctly.
Below are a few photos of the guitar in its present, newly restored condition!
In the photo below, you’ll notice the holes in the pedal rack end have virtually disappeared! I also restored the volume pedal and added 2″ long spacers to the legs and pedal rods to raise the guitar up for the customer, who happens to be pretty tall.
Here are a few photos of the under carriage. The cabinet was re-flocked and everything was reinstalled correctly. It’s now neat as a pin!
This guitar is now as correct as can be, at least in my humble opinion. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little restoration journey I’ve taken you on. I’ll post other restoration projects as time allows but I now must move along to the business at hand!
1967 black mica push-pull Emmons S-10 3×4
I purchased this guitar a few years ago to eventually restore and add to my collection but I decided to sell it instead in order to help me retire sooner than later. The photos below were just taken to show my customer what it looks like, now that it’s finished. I just got through playing it and realize why I bought it in the first place… It sounds simply amazing!
1972 blonde birdseye maple push-pull Emmons D-10 8×7
I bought this guitar for myself from a friend in Texas and restored it a few years ago. It originally was a “fat back” cabinet guitar (with wood neck inserts) but I decided to have the rear apron routed for more leg clearance.
Here are a couple of “before” photos.
Here are a few of the photos I took right after I finished the complete restoration project. The cabinet and wood neck inserts were stripped of the ugly green lacquer and then refinished by my friend, Bob Littleton, to an amber blonde lacquer. It’s actually is a bit darker than how it looks in these photos.