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I would open this group to invite all the garage restorers,modernizers and just plain hands on enthusiasts who have acomplished the task of personalizing or restoring their own guitar to show us and brag a bit about their journey to revival. Welcome

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Latest Activity: Oct 19, 2013

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Unique Guitar venue for Florida 2 Replies


Started by Robert Stoner. Last reply by Robert Stoner Jun 14, 2012.


Here's a project just finished.This $100.00 Chinese Stargazer was brought to me by a friend who found it on the top a garbage can.The tuners, strings, pegs and pick guard were removed by the owner as…Continue

Started by Robert Stoner. Last reply by Robert Stoner Apr 28, 2012.


Here's a Silvertone by Harmony donated to the cause by Jud Hair, specially know for his love of Seagull Guitars.This was Juds grow up guitar, he used the trunk of his car as a case.After deciding not…Continue

Started by Robert Stoner. Last reply by FloridaGull Apr 22, 2012.

HARMONY F75FS 6 Replies

Here's a small Harmony from 1975 first shift.It was a low cost find with a damaged back,missing floating bridge and damaged tuner set on one side…Continue

Started by Robert Stoner. Last reply by FloridaGull Apr 22, 2012.

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Comment by Jud Hair on August 7, 2012 at 3:33pm

Yes, that old Martin could be a restorer's dream if the price stays that low.

Comment by Robert Stoner on August 7, 2012 at 3:01pm

Thanks guys ,I didn't know about the Goodwill auctions site.There are several interesting guitars to include a Martin now $915.00 could be a bargain.Thanks again for the heads up.

Comment by Jud Hair on August 7, 2012 at 8:51am

He Rob ... check out the 1960's vintage FRAMUS that is up for bid on Goodwill web site.  Looks like a great potential project!

Comment by FloridaGull on August 7, 2012 at 8:03am

Hey Robert - check this out - - an old Kay archtop on Goodwill...

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Just went up - currently $5.00...

Comment by Robert Stoner on June 8, 2012 at 6:08am

Thanks Jud for the congrats but I think your kindness is a bit self motivated.I will find another project but this one got a wax job and that will be as far as I Resto- Mod it,there are many levels of Resto-Mod.

Comment by Jud Hair on June 7, 2012 at 8:09pm

Robert!  Congratulations!  But, surely it's in way too good a condition for you to be interested.  You need another junker to work on ... just send that one along to North Carolina along with the Silvertone :-)

Comment by Robert Stoner on June 7, 2012 at 7:12pm

Welcome to my 1968 Gibson Blueridge.Just wanted to introduce the most recent addition to my cadre of guitars.This is a craigs list find from a local seller.This square shouldered,, xbraced guitar has a laminated rosewood back and sides with a spruce top and mahogany neck.The origonal Gibson tuners rosewood fret board and saddle add to the quality of this 42 year old guitar.The condition is exceptional with only minimal bumps and bruises.It came with a non Gibson case which I will be looking for in the future.I am so pleased to find this great playing sounding guitar as I have been beating the woods for the right Gibson to add to my collection as my friends know. Chevrolet's-Harley Davidson's-Gibson Guitar's

Comment by FloridaGull on May 20, 2012 at 9:34am

Hey Robert (and anyone who has a thought...):

Check out this pic:


I think you can see this pretty well - and it's not new, but I finally decided to ask about it.  There is a "discoloration" in the finish of my Cordoba C5 classical - across the top of the back, but primarily on the right top of the back - obviously, a gloss finish - that does not respond to Martin Guitar Polish.  If I had to guess, I'd hypothesize that "someone" before me spent some time playing this guitar down here in Florida with his shirt off - and that this is a sweat mark.  Do you guys think this is likely - or can/does this "clouding" occur from other reasons?  And, what, if anything, can I do for it - short of refinishing?

I thank you in advance for your erudite answers... ;-)

Comment by Jud Hair on May 11, 2012 at 7:46am

Hi Robert ... I came across this on youtube this morning and I thought you might find it interesting for future reference.  It's a multi-part video of a guy taking apart and slowly restoring an old acoustic.  It just happens to be a Harmony Sovereign H-1260 Jumbo (the close relative of the 1967 Silvertone) ... enjoy!

Harmony Resto Part #1

By Part #4, he has the dovetail neck steamed off and ready to re-set.

Comment by Jud Hair on March 30, 2012 at 1:16pm

Was watching a youtube of Ryan Adams concert where his two stage guitars were both sweet sounding old Harmony models. Made me want to come by and check in to see what's the latest on the Silvertone?


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