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Some of My Current Vintage Yamaha FG Projects

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I've been working on 2 customer neck resets/refrets/etc.

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/152/customer-repair-1977-yamaha-335

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/160/customer-repair-1972-yamaha-500

 

And some of my personal stuff. I got bored doing neck resets and wanted to make some hybrid guitars based on vintage Yamaha FG's.

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/130/hybrid-project-guitar-yamagull-1

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/150/guitar-project-yamabass

 

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Nice work! Love the neck transplants -- I've been planning to do that with some old Harmony guitars. I rebraced the tops, reset the necks, but then I hesitated gluing the necks back on because they're pretty crappy necks.

 

What would you do with an old 50's solid-wood Harmony that had a crappy fruitwood neck and no trussrod, but a gorgeous Brazilian rosewood fretboard? Not sure I can get the fretboard off without it breaking apart. But I'd love to use it on a new mahogany neck.

 

 

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Don't get me started on rebracing old Harmony's!!!! Last year I got hooked on Scott Baxendale's Harmony/Kay rebracing. I even found a couple of Harmony Sovereign H1260's, One minty and one a basket case. My intention was to use the basket case to learn how they come apart, then convert the minty one. But, my opinion has lowered on doing this. I think it's a lot of snake oil. I'm sure there's some improvement, but there's no way they sound like a vintage pre-war Martin. But that's his thing and he's making lots of money doing it. Maybe I'll get to it someday.

 

I found a minty "Note" Old Kraftsman guitar that I did a neck reset on. It sounds as you'd expect for a small ladder braced guitar. Boxy. Wall hanger. I'll never buy another one.

 

Depending on the scale length and fretboard width, hell yea remove that fretboard!! That would be cool!!

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Haven't seen Scott's stuff, but the body wood quality is very good and they come apart sooo easily due to the hide glue. Some of them will need the top thinned -- they seem to vary a bunch, but all Harmony tops will be thicker than a pre-war Martin.

 

I would cry if I destroyed an old braz fretboard, but I may give removal a shot. Harmony scale length is 25", so some tweaking would be needed for a transplant. Might be easier to make a new neck from scratch.

 

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I've been working on 2 customer neck resets/refrets/etc.

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/152/customer-repair-1977-yamaha-335

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/160/customer-repair-1972-yamaha-500

 

And some of my personal stuff. I got bored doing neck resets and wanted to make some hybrid guitars based on vintage Yamaha FG's.

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/130/hybrid-project-guitar-yamagull-1

 

http://yamahavintagefg.boards.net/thread/150/guitar-project-yamabass

 

That was great!. As a lover of old Yamahas I am thrilled to see that they can get neck resets. Thanks for posting all that work.

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