Please note: All of the guitars fully described and pictured below have been at a minimum; thoroughly gone over, lubricated and setup for years of dependable, smooth playing. Because all are set up with my standard Emmons copedent, I would not think twice about playing any of them myself on the bandstand. If there were any issues found, they were resolved and of course any worn parts have been replaced. As I’ve mentioned below, I’ll be happy to switch any guitars to Day style, (or your own copedent) at no extra charge (as long as no additional parts are required).
1970 black mica Emmons “Original” push-pull D-10 8×5 (Sold!)
I completely restored this 1970 Emmons guitar S/N 1436D from top to bottom. It’s the real deal and correct as it can be, right down to the proper slotted wood screws holding the brackets to the cabinet. The aluminum professionally polished, necks jeweled, etc. and the fret boards are original to this guitar. They are somewhat unique, in that they are just black and white, with no colored fret markers. The Kluson keys are brand new 15:1 replacements (much smoother than the 12:1 originals). Original legs are standard height. These “fatback” style guitars, with no leg relief in the rear apron from this era are some of the best sounding ones and this one is no exception! It has that huge, bell-like Emmons push-pull tone, wonderful sustain and it plays like a dream. This is one of my own personal guitars. The only reason for selling it is to thin out my collection a bit.
At the moment, this guitar has a very standard Emmons set up; 8×5 with E’s on the left as shown in the chart below.
You’ll probably notice that the LKV lowers only the 5th string alone, while raising the 7th string. Most players tend to use this lever to lower both strings 5 and 10 to Bb. This combination of mine would not be possible on an all-pull guitar but with a “raise-dominant” push-pull changer it is. I started using this combination decades ago when I realized that I hardly ever played the 10th string drop to Bb, because being such a low note, it really didn’t cut on the bandstand. I then eliminated lowering the 10th string in lieu of raising string 7. This provides a handy dominant 7th note with pedals down. This works because the 5th string is being raised by the A pedal, so actuating the lever doesn’t lower the 5th string, it only raises string 7. I also tend to frequently use string grip 6, 7 and 9 (with pedals down) to achieve an open D triad (9th string D note being the root). If I then actuate the LKV the raised 7th string to G provides a SUS 4th!
It’s true that fully tunable splits, (like on all-pull guitars) can’t really be installed on an Emmons push-pull but as you can see, there are certain advantages to playing one of these guitars. With that said, it is possible to install a partial 6th string split to G with the addition of a half-stop tuner on the A pedal to be used in conjunction with a lever that lowers string 6 a while tone. But this setup will only provide an open A7th chord (but not an open E minor) as can be done with a full split on an all-pull guitar. I tried this setup once and found it to be somewhat useful but also limiting, as it prevented me from playing other very useful passages.
I’ll be happy to switch it to Day style at no extra charge. I’ll also make reasonable changes to the existing copedent for free as long as you pay for any additional parts (if required). The original Emmons single coil pickups sound perfect to me. Included is the original hard case in very good, solid condition and a new D2F leg bag.
$4200.00 plus shipping. PayPal (add 3%) or cashier’s check accepted.
Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.
Coming Soon: (not quite ready to post for sale yet) Update: December, 2020
Here is an idea of some of the guitar projects I currently have in stock that I’m going to be working on soon.
Please note: I usually reserve this area for a preview of guitar projects I have in the “pipeline” that I plan to post for sale. My wife and I have sold our home and are now in the process of having a new home built. During this time I have no workshop, so I need to take a hiatus from working on steel guitars until our new home is finished and I can set up my new workshop. I hope to resume my guitar work in the late summer of 2021 and will update this page accordingly.