Ask Grumpy Old Luthier BCRGreg Thread

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by billy, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. xSinner13x

    xSinner13x Senior Member

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    Well Hell, ya can't win em all...Can ya?
     
  2. ajay

    ajay Senior Member

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    Hi Greg. I just bought a Les Paul Peace. When I removed the truss Rod cover, there is silicone caulk in there. Did they do it to fix a rattling truss Rod, or did he just get excited when He saw that it was a real Gibson truss Rod.
    Oh, Yeah. Who makes the best truss Rod adjustment tool? Thanks!
     
  3. BCRGreg

    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    I use a Kobalt thin wall 5/16 socket with a 1/4" drive.

    With Gibson, there is no need to even try to explain the **** that they do nowadays.
     
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    monsterwalley Premium Member

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    I can't remember if it was this thread or another about your tip of adding a "tick" of lacquer to timbermate grainfiller. Just want to say thank you. I have fought timbermate in the past. I tried your trick on the last couple of guitars and like the stuff now. :thumb:
     
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  5. E1WOOD5150

    E1WOOD5150 Purveyor of Joke Grenades

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    Greg,

    First and foremost, a huge THANK YOU for taking time from your paying gig to answer all these questions. I've spent the last 4 days reading the entire thread learning, laughing, enjoying the flare-ups and digging the pictures and fixes. You and your crew at BCR Music do one helluva job reviving broken stuff.

    I read the whole thread to see if you work on acrchtop acoustics. I have a 37 or 38 Gibson L-30. I think that structurally, its not in bad shape, but I have noticed a possible crack in the back. I think it will need a fret job, as the frets on it are TINY (probably original) and it might need a nut, too.

    Basically, I would love to have the guitar brought to excellent playability, but leave the patina of a guitar from the late-30's. I don't have any pics on this computer, but this seems like one of the times where you're gonna reply with "Call me.", so I'm not going to press for info, or wait for a reply until A) I add some pictures, and B) I talk with you. I'd be willing to make a trip up to see you and your shop with the guitar after we speak on the phone.

    Oh, almost forgot: I keep hearing/reading about The Road Warrior. I'd love to see a picture! Your DCJr (and Jeggz's, and Franks) are the stuff dreams are made of!

    Thank you again!
     
  6. BCRGreg

    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    Thanks for the kudos, sir.

    I can do that L-30.

    Come on up. Drink some coffee, play some old wood(I have a few old Archtops lying around here....) and make some friends.
     
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  7. Mark V Guitars

    Mark V Guitars バナナフライング... MLP Vendor

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    "A tick of lacquer."

    How much is that when doing up a body...say a t style body for example.
     
  8. E1WOOD5150

    E1WOOD5150 Purveyor of Joke Grenades

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    Thanks, Greg. While there are some fine luthiers in Richmond (Tommy Rodriguez comes immediately to mind), thanks to MLP, you'll get my business.

    I'll be in touch within a month or so; gotta get my duck in a row.

    The coffee thing may settle it by getting my wife on board!
     
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    dka-65 Senior Member

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    What glue would you recommend for a head stock that broke, was repaired with CA poorly, and popped back open at the same place?

    First thought was epoxy because of the bad repair and the superglue soaked into one side of the break.
     
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    Just read through the whole thread. There's a vast wealth of knowledge here. Thank you Greg. Some of your tricks I would have never thought of!

    I have a problem with patience. I always end up rushing my projects, but you have inspired me to slow down, and do it right, the first time. Thank you, also, for that.
     
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  11. BCRGreg

    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    My grandfather told me when I was a kid....

    "If you have time to fix it...you had time to do it right at first".
     
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    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    I would replace the wood. That joint is polluted now.
     
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    C Squared Senior Member

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    Greg-

    I have an ES-175 that is a dream to play and sounds absolutely killer unplugged. I am seriously contemplating adding a piezo pickup on the bridge and adding a small preamp like the Fishman Presys on the side. If I go this route what are the potential pitfalls? If I do this I can ideally run a stereo setup with the humbuckers running into a small Carvin and the piezo running into the Laney acoustic amp or into the PA.
     
  14. mux164

    mux164 Senior Member

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    thanks for being back greg, you are like the mike holmes of guitars
     
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    pshupe Senior Member

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    Mux - you get Mike Holmes in Australia?? Or is this a different person than the Canadian Mr. fix it??

    I think Greg is much better than Mike Holmes. ;-).

    Cheers Peter.
     
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    Skyjerk Meatbomb

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    Does Greg look at a guitar and exclaim that its totally unacceptable?
     
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    I soo want to use that as my signature. :thumb:

     
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    mux164 Senior Member

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    yeah we get holmes on homes and so forth, and i dont know whether greg thinks that way, but he goes about making it right though
     
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    New member here. After spending a couple of hours reading through this thread I want to thank you for taking the time to do this
    I admire your work AND your style !
     
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  20. BCRGreg

    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    Call me. That is not so much a repair question as a rig question.
     
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