Thursday, April 7, 2016

Taylor 214CE Custom Tony Hawk

My son is going on a trip to England with his soccer club. That's really all you need to know about this post. I'm sure many of you have been in this position...just about the time you think to yourself, "Okay, from now on I don't sell any of my guitars...I only add to the collection," something comes up and everything is negotiable.

I've known about this trip for about 6 months and I've been paying for it a little at a time, but it became obvious I was going to need some big chunks of cash to get this thing done. I won't lie...I'm going on the trip with him and his club, so I benefit from this as well. And it's a once-in-a-lifetime trip for a kid who lives and breathes soccer the way my son does...and hey, I get to go to Liverpool and maybe even see where the Beatles played their first gigs. But you hate to have to sell a guitar or two to make it happen.

It really came down to "which guitar that I swore I would never sell am I going to sell?" I have a couple that are simply Do Not Touch. I'm lucky to have them. But this one was a keeper for a whole different reason...I actually worked with the design team at Taylor and helped design this guitar. I designed four custom guitars (I have since designed a few more), for a charity auction to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation. It was when Taylor was first developing their latest technology to print full color graphics onto a guitar top and they hadn't had the opportunity to do something as wild as using Tony Hawk skateboard graphics in full color. The guitars came out great, we raised a lot of money for the Foundation, and when it was all done, the guys at Taylor surprised me with this guitar. They had made one extra of this design to say thank you. Holy cow, who gets to own a guitar that they had a hand in designing? Not too many people, other than when you go directly through a luthier and spec some things out, or work with someone like the Fender Custom Shop to craft your perfect Tele. But to actually create the graphics and have a custom guitar built by the custom crew at Taylor is an honor. This is a guitar I should hang on to forever...right?

And then England. Something's got to give. And, unfortunately, it's this guitar. I came to the conclusion that I wasn't really using it to play live. And I am actually a believer in owning guitars that you use. You don't have to necessarily play them every day, but this one was literally hanging on the wall in my office, looking pretty, but never getting played. It deserves better. It's a great sounding guitar, I might add. It's a Taylor 214CE, which means it is a cutaway with electronics. The guys at Taylor picked out a stunning walnut veneer for the back and sides. Above and beyond the stock wood for this model. I never really plugged it in, so I don't know how the electronics sounded live. And then the topper...not only is it a Tony Hawk custom model, but I had Tony Hawk himself hand sign the headstock of the guitar. I know that some "autographed" guitars are kind of cheesy or sometimes they even ruin a good guitar. I see stuff on Craigslist sometimes listed as Fender Stratocaster signed by Brett Michaels and Flock of Seagulls and I think, "I wonder if you could just wipe those names off and fix the guitar?" But when you have a special, custom Tony Hawk model guitar, 1 of only 2 made, having it signed by the man himself only seems to make sense. Especially since it's on the headstock where it doesn't get in the way of arms or hands that would smear the signature. It's appropriate.

I reluctantly put the guitar up for sale on the Ebay and, first time around, got no response. I lowered the price a little and got quite a few people "watching" the auction. As the last day of the auction arrived, I started getting messages from someone who had questions. A lot of questions. One at a time. I was trying to get them answered in time for the end of the auction, as it was winding down quickly. I noticed that the person asking the questions was local, so I made sure he could pick it up locally and avoid shipping charges. All seemed to be on track and then...the auction ended with no bids. Huh?

I messaged the guy back one last time..."No bid? What's up?" He had just missed getting his bid in before it ended. Since he was local, we ended up working out a deal that would have been the auction price minus the fees. Win win. I delivered the guitar later that evening and saw that it was going to a good home. A real guitar lover. And it was local. I could always track it back down somehow if I really had to. And that's the story of how a guitar that you never thought you'd sell ends up in someone else's collection. Never look back, right?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fender Sidekick Reverb 25 Amp

Okay, here's a great little amp for an absolute steal that can be used in so many ways. Although we all (most?) long for that great tube sound, sometimes a little solid state practice amp will save the day. Or at least give you a lightweight alternative for band practice. Back in the 1980s, when Fender amps had taken a hit for being pretty marginal after the CBS years, Paul Rivera came in and designed some fantastic amps, from top to bottom. My favorite of all of these was the 1983 Concert amp he designed. But some of the most overlooked was the line of Sidekick amps that Fender introduced for the budget conscious musician. There was the Sidekick Reverb 25, the Sidekick Reverb 35 and there was the Sidekick Switcher (another excellent amp!) and there were a few more. There were some Sidekick bass amps as well, though I have not heard good things about those like I have the guitar amps.

A friend of mine owns a Fender Sidekick Switcher, and I found one just like it on Craigslist for a great price...I think I paid $80 or something. Somehow due to finances, I had ended up without a good, gig-worthy amp...or so I thought. I got asked to play in a friend's wedding band one weekend, so I took a chance and just brought the Sidekick Switcher. It was fantastic. Pulled through like a champ. Plenty loud, great reverb, handled pedals well, and I loved the fact that it didn't break my back setting up for the gig. I kind of got on the bandwagon of the Sidekick amps at this point and decided to keep an eye out for a good deal on any of the others.

Sure enough, not too long afterwards, this Fender Sidekick Reverb 25 shows up on Craigslist for a great deal...the guy was literally moving the next day and needed a few extra bucks. It was actually kind of late at night, but when I emailed him, he said come on over. He dug around through his packing boxes and there was the amp, in great shape, with original footswitch and everything. I gave him some cash and headed home. Once I got home, I plugged it in and checked it out. There was a little bit of a rattle noise and I thought maybe the speaker needed to be tightened down.

I looked in the back and there was just some stuff inside...a cheap tuner, a small chord, some random pieces of metal, and a pick holder. After removing the "extras," I gave it another try and it was great. No rattle. Nice clean sound, with a Gain and a Master Volume to go along with the regular Volume knob...so you can dial up a pretty convincing crunch sound. I've even heard of metal guys using these amps in the studio for the crunchy sound...I'm sure they tell everyone they're playing through giant Marshall stacks, but I've heard over and over about guys using small practice amps in the studio with great results.

One of the differences between the Sidekick Reverb 25 and the Sidekick Switcher I mentioned is that that the Switcher has a 12" speaker and the Reverb 25 has a 10" speaker. So it's even slightly smaller in size by comparison...but still with plenty of good sound. Super easy to throw in the back seat of the car and head to band practice. It's also got a headphone jack on the back for playing around the house, and a speaker out as well. This little amp can get pretty loud on its own, so I'm curious how it would sound out to a cabinet. Never tried it.

I just put both my Sidekick Switcher and the Reverb 25 up on Craigslist, and we'll see if anyone is as excited about these as I am. I can see having something like this if you are a full-time gigging musician as an emergency back-up and it wouldn't take up much space at all.

Great sound for the money, excellent little amp. Thanks Fender!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fender Telecaster FSR and Yamaha FG-300

This is a great story in a few different ways. First of all, I'll tell you that this guitar is an early 2000's Made in Mexico Fender Telecaster that, from what I can tell, was sold at Guitar Center as what is known as FSR...Fender Special Run. I think Guitar Center gets Fender to make them a certain number of guitars in a color they aren't making in their standard line-up for the year, and that way they have something special they can sell. It's got what I like to call that Springsteen vibe. Natural wood with the 3-ply black pickguard, just like The Boss. When I got mine, it had a white pickguard on it, but that came off before I even plugged it in for the first time.

I bought it from a guy on Craigslist for a mere $275...if you are patient and diligent, these things do happen. You can't even get a Squier Classic Vibe or whatever they are called for that kind of deal. So get your cash together, be patient, and the deals will appear in time. The input jack on this one, like plenty of Teles I've owned, was a little janky, so I got one of those round electro input jacks and screwed it in. Done. The guitar looked great and the deal was good and I had just what I wanted. Until I got antsy and started looking around again. I always do. In this case, I was checking out a Squier Cabronita with a Bigsby and, after watching a video review of it on Premiere Guitar's website, I decided I had to have it. I've always wanted a Bigsby and this guitar has just the right vibe.

I had noticed that the guy selling the Cabronita had listed it many times at $275 and wasn't getting it sold. I figured the Telecaster could easily be sold for $350, but just didn't feel like going through the hassle of listing it myself. So, I contacted the guy with the Cabronita and offered to trade him straight up for my more valuable (and sellable) real Fender. He replied emphatically that he wasn't interested in trading. I pointed out that he could make more money with my guitar, but he wasn't having it. So, the next morning I listed my guitar on Craigslist and sold it within 4 hours. I noticed that the Cabronita guy had lowered his price to $260, so by simply posting a quick photo and description, I actually came out $90 ahead on the deal. Cabronita guy COULD have done the same. I got ready to contact him to buy it (laughing all the while), and when I started to look for his listing on Craigslist, I shockingly came across a vintage Yamaha FG-300 acoustic guitar...a guitar that I had been keeping an eye out for a decade.

I LOVE the old Yamaha FG series guitars...there are stories of a couple of them here on the site. But the FG-300 is arguably the holy grail of those guitars and I absolutely LOVE the western-style pickguard. Very reminiscent of an old Gibson Hummingbird, but better. I'm a sucker for cool pickguards like the Epiphone Frontier and and the Gibson Dove, and the Yamaha FG-300 is right up there with them all.

I flipped out because I really had absolutely no need for another acoustic. I have plenty. And I just sold the only electric guitar I currently owned. But this was a chance I couldn't pass up. The guy listed it for only $450 and said he was open to partial trades. I had an excellent condition Yamaha FG-160 from 1974 that was a beautiful sounding guitar, but I was willing to put it into a trade (partially because I own a second FG-160) and the guy accepted my offer. Sweet! But I still have no electric guitar. The FG-300 sounds fantastic, though if you know much about these guitars, the bridge is a bit weird...an adjustable bridge that should just not be made that way. Some people replace them with a standard bridge, but I think I'll keep mine stock. The guitar itself was worn and used and feels like an old friend. Getting a brand new guitar is exciting and cool, but finding one that has been broken in just right for 40 years can have its own advantages. And for whatever reason, these old Yamahas just always seem to have songs in them if you're a songwriter. This one is no different...owned it less than a week and already written one good song.

Now for the other half of this story: the Telecaster that I sold. When I met the prospective buyer at lunchtime by my office, we started talking guitars and music and it was obvious we were both on the same page. He is a musician that is moving to Ireland and needed a good, solid Telecaster to take with him. The more we talked, the more we had in common musically, and so I invited him to come sit in with my trio on our Sunday night gig. He brought the guitar I had just sold him and I provided him with a little Fender amp to play through for the night. It quickly became clear that he was very talented and fit right in with what we were doing. Not stepping on toes, but finding his own space and shining on solos when he got the chance. Exactly the style of guitar player I've been interested in forming a band with for years, but never had exactly found. And he's moving to Ireland in a few weeks. Just my luck. He's actually going to come sit in with us once more before he goes, and I wish him all the luck in the world. But if he ever comes back to the states, I hope he gives me a call and still has that Telecaster!
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Buffalo Brothers and James Hood Guitar Repair

If you've read a lot of the stories on this blog, you may have heard me mention Buffalo Brothers Guitars in Carlsbad, California. Conveniently for me, it was located just down the road from my house. But it was an internationally known and respected guitar store. That's right..."was." Unfortunately, Buffalo Brothers just didn't survive through the economic downturn, though a valiant effort was made to keep the store alive by James Hood, who had been running the repair shop at Buffalo Brothers for many years.

James is not only a top notch repair guy, but an awesome person on top of that. Like many of the loyal customers over the years, James loved Buffalo Brothers and the world class level of instruments they stocked and sold over a few decades. I bought my first high-end guitar there, talked into a gorgeous handmade Ehlers guitar by their fine instruments salesperson Kevin Kinnear. Not long after, Kevin introduced me to Mike Franks, who was new to the world of high end guitars at the time, but is now an established and respected luthier, selling amazing guitars all over the world. I've now owned a few M.J. Franks guitars and couldn't possibly speak more highly of them.

James took over Buffalo Brothers for the last year of so and continued developing the loyal clientele that the shop was known for, all the while continuing his repair business in the back. When Buffalo Brothers finally took its last breath, James regrouped to the back once more and continued doing what he does best...repairing and revitalizing electric and acoustic instruments for the region's discriminating guitar owners. I've been to see James many times over the years and, if you are in the Southern California area, I can't recommend him highly enough. Although James still owns the Buffalo Brothers name, he's not quite sure what to do with it at the moment. It's a name that reaches far and wide into the guitar community. I wouldn't think it will go away forever. And as they say, nothing dies completely until the last person who knows about it is gone.

You can talk to James about your guitar via his website, jameshoodguitar.com and be sure to sign up for his newsletter while you are there.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fender Excelsior Amplifier #2

A couple of years ago I got one of these Fender Pawn Shop series amps called the Excelsior and I loved it. In fact, I wrote a whole story about it, which you can read here. Ever since I sold the other one, I have wanted one again. And right after Christmas, I saw one on Craigslist and bought it. It was in perfect condition, never left the house, and it sounded just like I remembered. However, that's not the story here.

I'm posting about this because of the story when I sold it. A classic example of how you never know what you are getting into on Craigslist.

I am usually the first person to say that I have had really great experiences on Craigslist and I've had a small number of weird episodes that seemed like a scene from a movie. If you want to read a good one, click here about the Music Man 112RD I once bought. But on to the new story at hand...

I bought this amp out of weakness. It was a good price at $225, as I've seen these climbing back up to their original retail price of $300 and more lately. But you can still find them for a deal. I bought this one, played it a few times to enjoy that amazing tremolo sound that I love, and then it was just sitting there.

My sister called from Boulder, CO and said that she had just bought VIP tickets to see Ryan Adams at Red Rocks Amphitheater and, if I wanted to go, get a plane ticket and get to Boulder. 


I live in San Diego, so round trip tickets on Southwest can be pretty reasonable. As luck would have it, they were right around $225, the same amount I had recently spent on my Excelsior amp. So I bought the plane tickets and promptly put the amp back up for sale on Craigslist, fully confident that I could even make a few bucks profit.

I listed the amp at $260 and didn't get any bites. Turns out, in a stroke of bad luck, there were 2 other Excelsiors on Craigslist at the same time. WTF? So, I dropped my price down to $225 and got an email from a guy named Ace. He "really, really, really wanted the amp" and wanted to meet a couple of days later on a Saturday morning. He was knowledgeable about the amp and you could tell he wasn't a scammer. We set it all up and then, the night before we were to meet, he emailed and claimed he had an emergency and was going to be gone for a few days and would still be happy to buy it when he got back, if it was still available. With no other inquiries, I decided to hang on to it for Ace until he got back. Then nothing. After a few additional emails, it became obvious Ace needed to be discarded (get it?) and I relisted the amp. A two week waste of time.

Got an email from a new guy. Wanted to know how soon we could meet up and he could buy the amp. I write back and give him options and details. No response. Two days later he writes again, I write back to set something up, no response. Get a new email from a guy who gives me his phone number and wants to talk about the amp. I call and he asks some questions, is satisfied that the amp is good, and then says, "So I'm really calling on behalf of my friend John who wants the amp, but he keeps emailing you and you don't answer him back." Actually, I tell him, I have answered John back twice and John doesn't get back to me. "OH!," he says, "John doesn't have email! You have to call or text him." Interesting, since John emailed me about the listing and never game me his number.

Through all of this nonsense, the guy sounds very sincere and John really wants the amp. So, at his insistence, I try to text John. No answer. Wait a day and try again. No response. After another two days, I try one last time: "Hey John, I have emailed you twice, I have texted you twice, and you never respond. Your buddy swears you want this amp, but I'm tired of trying. Last chance...if you want the amp call me." Phone rings immediately. John wants the amp. Can you bring it by my house to try out? Yes, I am headed that way later this evening and I can bring it by. This is a long story, huh?

John tells me his house is very near mine, but it turns out his skills in estimating distance are not good. His house is many miles further than his estimate. I would soon figure why. I get to his neighborhood and it's SKETCHY. One of the worst neighborhoods in the area. I finally find his address and go knock on the door. John opens the door and about 4000 cubic feet of weed smoke comes billowing out of the door. "C'mon in!" As a sufferer of severe asthma, this is the opposite of fun. I walk in and we head to his bedroom where he has maybe seven other guitar amps set up, about 12 guitars hanging on the wall, a huge display of stomp boxes hooked together on the floor and a girl sitting on his bed...or should I say mattress on the floor with a dirty sheet on it...with her boobs literally pouring out of her corset-like shirt. Probably no less than eight bongs sitting around the room in all shapes and sizes. Jars and jars of weed lined up next to the bed...I mean mattress. She looks up at me and says, "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey." Then never spoke again.

John plugs the amp in and gives it a test. He plays extremely well, I might add. I was surprised. He played it with his Ibanez. He played it with his Strat. He plugged this pedal in, then that pedal in. I thought he was going to try out every item he owned through my amp. Finally I couldn't handle the smoke any more. "So...do you want the amp?" "Heck yeah! Here you go!" He hands me $225 in small, unmarked bills. I stuff them into my pocket without even counting them, nod good-bye to stoner renaissance chick, and stumble out the door. I get in my car and head down the road, quickly realizing that I wreak so much, I'm going to have to do laundry when I get home. I hop on the freeway and roll down all the windows to blast some air through the vehicle. I was wondering if any right-minded police officer would buy my true story about why I smelled like a Phish concert in the event I got pulled over.

It took all that to sell an amp that I would have preferred to keep, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do if you want to see Ryan Adams at Red Rocks. There aren't many things that take priority over my guitars, but this was one of them and I couldn't miss it.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Xaviere Sonic Blue Thinline Telecaster Customized

Here's a great guitar for cheap, cheap that I just sold to a friend of mine. I go through stages as I'm getting a little bit older where I think I don't need electric gear any more. I still play an occasional acoustic gig now and then, but my needs for an electric guitar only pop up now and then. So, whenever they do, I get all excited and I go on Craigslist and I buy an amp and a guitar and I find a pedal or two that are my go-to pedals, and I rehearse a couple of times and play the gig. Then I don't have anything else scheduled and I sit on my gear until I talk myself out of needing it again. Then a year goes by and I go through it all again. That's pretty much how I came to own this guitar in the first place, and it explains why I just sold it.

I was in need of an electric and I'd read a whole lot about the Xaviere brand guitars at the GuitarFetish.com website. Everything I read about these guitars was positive and the reviews at Premiere Guitar were excellent. They are not expensive guitars, and when you look at things like hardware and material choices, they aren't up to par with guitars that are five times more expensive. But that's kind of the point, right? I had noticed a long time ago that they had a sonic blue thinline telecaster-style guitar that was really cool. I wanted one. But they always seemed to be sold out. I guess I wasn't the only one. So I kept an eye out on eBay. The opportunity to play a full electric band gig came up and I thought maybe this would be a good way to obtain a Tele and still keep within a really tight budget. Then one day I found this guitar on eBay. Now it didn't look like the photos I'm posting...I did a lot of fixing up to get there...but I didn't spend a lot to do it.

When I found it on eBay, it was in rough condition. The neck and body were fine, so that's a good start. The neck pick-up was completely gone. The bridge pick-up had been replaced with a GFS Retrotron Surf 90 pick-up, also from the GuitarFetish website. These look like Rickenbacker pick-ups and they sound great. And, staying with the theme of this story, they aren't expensive. So, it had a good bridge pick-up, the controls were all loosey-goosey, and the back panel was barely hanging on. There were wires sticking out where the neck pick-up used to be and there was no pick guard. BUT...it was sonic blue, it was a thinline tele style guitar, the neck had a cool vintage amber tint to it, and I only saw possibilities. Oh, and there was a weird little sticker on the body of the guitar right under the controls. I bid about $50 I think and won the auction. Then it showed up.

The previous owner failed to mention that, under the little sticker on the body was a hole. Not a little screw hole, but a hole the size of maybe another toggle switch or knob or something. Miraculously, I had a sticker at home that was exactly the color of the guitar body. I carefully cut out a little circle slightly larger than the hole and covered it up. Next I tightened everything up and taped off the extra wires and tucked them back in the body cavity. I ordered a custom pick guard from Warmoth in a cool tortoise shell design. It only took a week to show up at my door and I started to put it on the guitar. I quickly realized that, since this wasn't an actual Fender guitar, the pick guard didn't fit exactly perfectly with the Xaviere layout. At this point, I wasn't too worried about perfection and I got out a file and did a little custom work of my own. Screwed it on and it looked good from about five feet away. In fact, this whole guitar looks awesome from about five feet away. Once you start analyzing it, the back control panel is held on with duct tape, the tone knob is still a little wobbly, the hole is covered with a sticker...etc. But guess what? This guitar plays and sounds awesome.

It's basically set up like a Fender Esquire...a Tele shaped body with one pickup in the bridge position. It's got that Surf 90 pickup and is twangier than Pete Anderson at a Dwight Yoakam concert. It's twangtastic. Yes, I could go on and on. But you get the point...it sounded great. And I have to say, the Xaviere neck is fantastic. It felt like a nice vintage instrument...and I'm not being paid by anyone to say that in case you're wondering. This is not an ad disguised as a story on a blog. None of my stories are. This is just an excellent guitar for the crazy price. All told I probably had a little over $100 in the guitar. $50 for the guitar plus another $25 for shipping. I think the pick guard was close to $40 shipped. And the sticker was free. I guarantee it was the best hundred dollar guitar I've ever played.

Well, so now some time has passed. I have another Fender Telecaster in my closet, and the Xaviere became expendable since I have no electric gigs and I need some cash money for an upcoming vacation. But how do you sell a guitar like this with such a weird story, but such great results? I posted a photo on Instagram (@jaimiemuehlhausen) and a friend fell in love with it. I told him it was his for a flat $100 and the deal was done. I'm happy it went to someone who will appreciate it give it a good home.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Old Kraftsman Arch Top Guitar

I just found these photos of this vintage Old Kraftsman arch top acoustic that I bought a year or so ago and thought I would go ahead and post it, even though there isn't too much of a story to go with it. I found this guitar in a thrift store in Escondido, CA, where I have been lucky enough to find more than one guitar over the years. In fact, it's exactly where I found a dirty, busted up old Yamaha acoustic that has turned out to be one of the best sounding guitars I have owned. You can read about it here. Usually this thrift store puts any guitar they have for sale back behind the counter, including Toys'R'Us quality instruments, thinking they are all valuable, and usually priced that way as well. But this one was pretty beat up and had some cracks and belt buckle scrapeage that would make any country musician worth his salt pretty proud. It was sitting out amongst the general population at the thrift store, mixed in with old used barbecues, vintage skis, weird appliances and some used, but still viable, tiki torches.

This Old Kraftsman arch top acoustic was never outfitted with a pickup. Strictly acoustic. And even though it was beat to within an inch of it's life, I knew I needed to rescue it from the possibility of ending up as a spray painted prop in a high school production of Bye Bye Birdie or as a wall hanger in an all-you-can-eat beef ribs restaurant. God forbid.

I'm oddly attracted to Old Kraftsman instruments, maybe because of this bass that I have featured on here in the past. Old Kraftsman was the house brand for the Spiegel Catalog company, and were made by the Kay Musical Instrument Co., who also made exactly the same guitars with other brand names on them like Airline, TrueTone, Penncrest, Silvertone, Kay and others. If you can find an Old Kraftsman model of a guitar, you can definitely find it's doppelganger with a Kay logo on it. The only thing I haven't seen a Kay clone of is an Old Kraftsman resonator guitar that was made by National, and are really rare and hard to find. I'm hoping to come across one of those in a thrift store someday, and you can bet it won't end up here on this website.

This particular guitar looked like it had been spray painted black on the front, possibly to hide the long cracks that ran all the way up to the f-holes. It was barely hanging on. It wasn't worth paying a luthier a ton of dough to repair, but I couldn't just let it fall apart either. The tuner peg buttons were missing, the bridge was missing, the tail piece was hanging on by a thread, the back was beat, and the fretboard was as dry as a London newspaper. (That's dry). Still, I figured I could mess around with it and see if I could get it to play. First thing I did, after some internet research for a cheap way to fix the cracks, was super glue them back together. Yes, not the way they do it at Stew-Mac, but you know what? Super glue is amazing! Not only did it hold this 75-year old guitar together, it stuck my fingers together for a short time too. Bonus.

Speaking of Stew-Mac, I ordered some vintage-style tuner buttons from them for a very inexpensive price, and I found a new but correct bridge on the Ebay for about $20. I put some very light strings on it to keep the arch top from cracking again, and, sure enough, it all held together. I won't say it sounded great, but it stayed relatively in tune and didn't sound too bad. I mean, I'm no fan of extra light strings on any acoustic, let alone a very old arch top from the Spiegel Catalog. So, when I say it sounded alright, I mean it was better than no guitar at all. And, it looked very cool.

I put it on Craigslist for cheap...maybe started it off at $150. I figured whatever I could get out of it would be fine, and at least someone who was interested in it would have it instead of ending up leaving the thrift store with some lady who's 4-year old would end up sitting on it while everyone laughs and laughs. Sure enough, I got an email from a guy who offered $75 and I said, "Come get it." I usually try to make some bucks on guitars that I flip on Craigslist, but sometimes you just need to rescue them from a horrible fate and pass them on to a life of love and usefulness.

I did actually make a few dollars after all was said and done, but not enough to justify my time and effort if you want to count those things. " Time is money!" Well, sometimes it's not. It's just time well spent.