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Alan Brookes


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Post Posted 16 Apr 2017 10:20 am     Reply with quote

People are always asking how old their steel guitars are. Like all things made of wood, the answer is simple. You cut through the wood and count the rings.


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Rick Collins


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Post Posted 17 Apr 2017 11:26 am     Reply with quote

Also, I would have stated:
But, it will take two cuts to fit it into the recycle bin. Very Happy
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Alan Brookes


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Post Posted 18 Apr 2017 9:15 am     Reply with quote

Yep, that's where it ended up. I had intended to restore it but it became obvious that it would be easier to build a complete new neck than repair this one, and, as you say, it had to be in three pieces to go into the garbage bin.
I ended up selling the mechanisms, giving away the frame and other neck, and using the hardware on a hybrid Stringmaster, which I published in the Forum about 18 months ago.
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Charley Erck


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Post Posted 28 Apr 2017 11:03 pm     Reply with quote

Alan, is that the one you showed in the ratty case posting? If it is , what type of lever was that at the bridge? I am not that universally knowledgeable on these instruments!
Thank you for your response. I thought you were going to suggest carbon 14 dating!
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Alan Brookes


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Post Posted 29 Apr 2017 11:09 am     Reply with quote

Yes, Charley, that's the selfsame guitar. I had originally intended to restore it, but it was too far gone. All the parts ended up being used, though, so this neck was the only part thrown out.
On Fender Cable Steels that had more than one neck, they were fitted with a damping lever, that stopped the strings ringing, so that, when playing one neck, there would be no sound from the other. It wasn't really necessary, because all you had to do was turn off the pickup to the neck not being used, and so a lot of them were taken off.
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