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More salvaged guitars and a H1203 Sovereign - by George
George Martin : Thanks for making me a part of your site, very well done.
Most of my "collection", as depicted in these photos, were all severely tortured salvaged guitars, made playable again.
The Harmony Jumbo, & others, were missing a lot of wood & in some cases, other really "totalled" models were used for parts & wood.
Mixed in, you'll find...Harmony, Truetone, Kay, Global, Stella & the likes, from the era.
I must mention, a special thanks, goes out to my wife & family, for taking a fully finished basement & turning it into a "museum", which now is totally unusable for their personal use.
Below : Harmony H1260 "Sovereign"
Below : Harmony H168
This one below, a H1203 Sovereign, you just have to take my word on, because it's one of my crowning moments...(completed in the last month or so...after I obtained it around Christmas)...an almost total loss, "maybe good for parts"...& the process photos were accidentally lost...sorry...but I'll explain previous condition & brief details as to my goal...I liked it's potential, the patina, the design & wanted to play it.
It was filthy, & action at the twelfth was like 3 inches...top at fret board end caved in...full body length splits clean through on both sides...wood literally flapping...a few over wound stings pulling a 1/2 peeled off bridge...whole braces rattling in the interior...totally separated from top & back...water damaged lower soundboard bout...no end pin...rusty machines...no ferrules...mal-adjusted rod...cracked & peeling binding...scrapes, dents & dings...cobwebs & dust inside...need I go on?
The result, using all the original components, cleaning it all up, a lot of gluing & clamping...a total light sanding with 0000 steel wool, then a succession of hand rubbed coats of tung oil...clean frets, make a template from outline of original pick guard, fabricate a new one & attach it...re-attach bridge, peg out machine head oversized holes...set truss...re-string & it's now one of my weapons of choice...it took like a month of spare nights...early morning check ups...in between sub assemblies...but totally worth it for me...
A gentleman I give "lessons" to, who saw this instrument prior to my decision to make repairs... said..."like no way is that even salvageable"..."some parts maybe"..."right ?"....thereafter...he was mildly impressed....
He said..."man you've got a lot of "patience"...so once again, another player...saved from the garbage man's hydraulic crusher...it may not look "pristine"...but it's history cruises on...thanks for looking, George Martin.
George Martin, Pennsauken, New Jersey
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