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Comment by Steve Frank on May 9, 2013 at 5:23am

I agree with amazes me, and I know just a couple people who, like you, no matter how much they have on their plate, seem to be always taking on new projects. It's definitely a big part organizational skills, along with a love for what you do. This is the last photo I'll post....the headstock, which is unusual, and the tuners which are also original. 

Comment by Edward Sparks on May 9, 2013 at 5:04am
It is...I am working on two books right now and I got this midi guitar and so I have been so engrossed in using it in my studio that all else is falling out of mind! It's crazy to get so involve that nothing gets completed or takes forever! My "next" CD is 3/4 done and people are starting to doubt if I will ever get it done. I am starting to work with a guy on building an electric bass, based on my Lily guitar design, with lots if cool extras and he is starting to wonder I am putting him off... the build i I am so pleased that Steve is interested enough in my miniatures that he wants pics and I want that too! As my wife says when I tell he about my next project..."its good to want things!" I am truly happy tomb so busy doing so many wonderful things!
Comment by Steve Frank on May 9, 2013 at 5:03am

Here's a closeup of the fret inlays. I noticed it was starting to dry out, or had, so I used some "Fret doctor" after a lot of research, which is bore oil, and it seems to be much better now, but I didn't have time to take pics. Notice the finish was never touched, so some of the old finish yellows the MOP in spots...I guess it's MOP....and other places it is shiny where there is no finish. It really looks cool with light reflecting on it and all the colors jumping out.

Comment by Steve Frank on May 9, 2013 at 5:00am

Here is what it looks like today. I don't know how to use the Mac photo editor the way I did on my PC, which is retired, so I opened them side by side and took a screen shot. Might have to click on the image to get the entire shot. I'll post the neck showing the inlays which is pretty cool. It is somewhat similar to the 165 in the book, but with a different headstock inlay, and so many different fret marker inlays that this is either a custom job or very possibly something a salesman may have used to show the different markers. I had a local guy, Manny Salvador do the work, and I need to get some ebony pins which were missing, and have the holes cut uniform....he replicated the bridge, uneven sized holes and all!! He said to bring it over and we could do this anytime, but I haven't gotten to it yet, figuring I'll wear out the strings first. Wanted to keep it original as possible, and I cheaped out on the bridge a bit, not having the MOP things done on the new bridge, but that could be done in the future easily enough. There was only one on the old bridge, but it gives the idea of what is there. I have the entire old bridge used as a model. He also did a neck reset.....used only hide glue, so anything he did and future work will be easier. 

Comment by Edward Sparks on May 9, 2013 at 4:25am

Hey Steve, I didn't decide to keep them private, I would have told you...I just haven't gotten around to it yet...sorry, it just seems to take me forever to get to do things these days...

Comment by Steve Frank on May 9, 2013 at 4:22am

Hi Ed, It's one of those things I want to but don't want to. I play it, but it really should be in a collector's hands, and possibly restored to  what it was made for, catgut. I did post some pics somewhere, but believe they were the before pics, which my icon is. I also thought about something with the photos of your miniatures. I assume you decided to keep them private until the book is published which is great, as it will be better to have a whole book of surprises than to get too much of a preview, but if you decide to post pics, there are plenty of photo editors that you can use to apply a watermark. I've worked with thousands of coin photos, being an American colonial coin collector, and learned to always keep a back up of originals, because although most adjustments and work can be undone, there comes a time when they can't. Flash memory sticks are ideal since they hold so much information now. I'll post a few pics, or maybe a montage here of the L&H today.

Comment by Edward Sparks on May 8, 2013 at 6:00pm

Will be looking forward to pics of the L&H...

Comment by Steve Frank on May 8, 2013 at 4:11pm

Some beater!! I'm actually going to be listing this little parlor Lyon and Healy, but with no cracks, aside from somebody one time putting steel strings on it and yanking the bridge off and then screwing it back it, I think it plays pretty good. Had a local guy, Manny Salvador, build a nice bridge for it, and he assured me the beefy neck would not be affected by silk and steel when I got cold feet about getting away from the catgut origins, but as much as I love this thing, it is really something a collector should have since I keep wanting to  strip it and refinish it to see that Brazilian a lot better the way it would have looked new!! Oh well....gonna be doing some sound videos, but it is NOT a 000 Martin sound wise....a good beater for me, and my take it everywhere I go guitar is the 000-15M....I tune down a half-step and couldn't ask for any better sound. I even finally got to use those Pearse Bronze sans phosphor strings that have been sitting around, and they sound great on it.

Comment by GregsGuitars on May 7, 2013 at 5:50pm

Anyone selling any decent priced (beaters O.K) 50 era Martins ? 000 size preferred.

Comment by FloridaGull on May 3, 2013 at 9:51am

A sort-of-Martin - a Sigma DM-1 - on Goodwill:

Currently $5 - 4 days left - shipping $35...

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