Category Archives: Instruments

Fender Precision Bass on a Budget

image-0 I picked up a used Fender Precision bass from a small on-line music shop a while back and was downright floored with the build and quality of this instrument from south of the border.  I shelled out two hundred and twenty five dollars for a handsome, black finished, like new bass, complete with padded gig cover.  It was delivered to me,  via the UPS man, from a frustrated young man who gave up learning the instrument. Continue reading Fender Precision Bass on a Budget

Chuck berry and the Gibson ES 350 guitar

$_57Most of the photographs you see of Chuck Berry, he has a Gibson ES 335 model guitar slung over his shoulder, while doing his famous “duck walk” dance.   However one of my favorite photos of Mr. Berry was one that graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.  In that photo Chuck strikes his famous pose with a beautiful flamed maple topped Gibson ES 350T.   The ES 350  was put into production by Gibson in the late ’40s through the mid ’50s.  Essentially a modified earlier version ES 300.  Continue reading Chuck berry and the Gibson ES 350 guitar

Martin D28 Guitar Non adjustable truss rod dilemma- Part Two

118668-179fc998db725556aa9ce1d9966d7a82So how does the truss rod help combat the stress of steel strings and a not so perfect Mother Nature?  The steel rod inserted inside the neck stiffens the neck and helps to keep the neck from bowing forward with relief.  Here’s the rub between the two. The non-adjustable rod can only help the neck by stiffing it to a certain point. It is designed to compensate for string tension but since there are so many variables with string gauge alone, it isn’t always successful.  It also cannot be tweaked to compensate for less than ideal humidity levels that will affect the neck relief besides the string tension alone…… Continue reading Martin D28 Guitar Non adjustable truss rod dilemma- Part Two

Martin D28 Guitar Non adjustable truss rod dilemma- Part one

118668-179fc998db725556aa9ce1d9966d7a82I have been working on a circa ’78 Martin D28 dreadnought style  guitar.  The guitar has a non-adjustable truss rod.  This is not an old or new situation since Martin Guitar continues to manufacture both non-adjustable and adjustable truss rods in the necks of their guitars.  This is however a very contentious and controversial little piece of equipment!  You will hear many comments and statements about the use of or lack of an adjustable truss rod.  Many have no real factual basis with the workings of the truss rod.

The truss rod is routed into a cavity in the neck below the finger board.  In a guitar with a non-adjustable truss rod, a solid or sometimes “t”  shaped piece of steel is used with no access to the rod.  An adjustable truss rod has an access routing, either at the peg head just above the nut or a hollowed routing at the other end of the neck, which is accessible through the sound hole. Continue reading Martin D28 Guitar Non adjustable truss rod dilemma- Part one

1920 Gibson A3 Orville’s bread and butter

IMG_3183The Gibson A3 mandolin. I was talking to our bass player last night at the gig and he mentioned picking up a mandolin to fool with.  This antique was my first real mando of any quality and it has survived a very long time.  This model was made back in the heyday of mandolin orchestras, when everyone had a mandolin laying around the parlor next to the piano. They were built well, with good materials and fine, if not utilitarian,  type craftsmanship. Continue reading 1920 Gibson A3 Orville’s bread and butter