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Lynn Stafford


From:
Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 1:07 pm     Reply with quote

Well, with my eyes wide open, I bought this butchered up mess of a guitar through Alex Cattaneo late last year. Without his personal assistance, I would not have been able to purchase it from the gentleman that had acquired it. Alec drove over to the seller, handled the transaction for me and even arranged to pack it up and ship it to me (with no case). Of course, I paid him for his time and trouble Very Happy

Here is a link to the topic that got it all started.

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=234225&highlight=

Here are a few "before" photos, so you can see what I was up against.





I split the cabinet and removed the old mica from the rear deck. I then gave the two halves to my friend, Bob Littleton to rout out a lap joint and install the new maple filler block, as well as install the new piece of mica.

The cabinet is now masked up and ready for reflocking.





Both end plates had an extra hole drilled to mount jacks or switches. I had my friend and Forumite Tom Vollmer, an expert machinest, install plugs he had machined with an "interference fit" into the holes he had reamed to a specific diameter. He did this by freezing the plug and heating the end plate just before inserting the plug. He then took a cleanup cut of about .006 on the face of the endplates to get them ready for polishing.







Here is what the restored guitar looks like now.















It's for sale by the way, so please contact me if you might be interested. Please click on this link to take you to my web site.

http://steelguitarwest.com/guitars-currently-for-sale/

An original ST-10 PP guitar (that was not converted from a D-10) is pretty rare and hard to find.
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Herb Steiner


From:
Spicewood TX 78669
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 1:25 pm     Reply with quote

Lynn
I bow to your dedication and expertise, and to Mssrs. Littleton and Vollmer for theirs as well. A worthy thing you did, adding value to the world and restoring a great instrument, no doubt. Mega-kudos to you. I thought the guitar was almost beyond saving.

BTW, tell Bob Littleton "hey Bob" for me. We were neighbors at ISGC for a few years there.
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David Higginbotham


From:
Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 1:27 pm     Reply with quote

Amazing job to say the least Lynn!!!!
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Douglas Bone


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Fort Worth,Tx. USA
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 1:31 pm     Reply with quote

WOW, fantabulous, Lynn!!!
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Richard Sinkler


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Oakdale, California
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 1:47 pm     Reply with quote

Great job Lynn. What was the cutout for? Tuner?
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Alex Cattaneo


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Quebec, Canada
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 2:02 pm     Reply with quote

Having been witness to do the damage myself, I can say I am astonished at the dedication and skill that Lynn displayed in this endeavour. This guitar was such a mess, many here thought it was beyond repair when I posted pics on the Forum.

At the time, I thought about trying to bring it back somewhat for myself, but in retrospect, I'm happy Lynn got his hands on it. Talk about rescuing a PP from the abyss!!!

Those endplates, I mean, seriously? Wow. The whole guitar looks stunning.

Richard, the cutout hosted a sort of mixing panel, with a plethora of knobs and switches and all. The guitar had three different outputs, and I never got a note out of it. It also had a mic stand attached permanently to the pad... hence you couldn't put it in a case.
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Eric Philippsen


From:
Central Indiana, USA
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 2:05 pm     Reply with quote

Wow, I am really impressed. I knew you did great work and I love seeing pics of every guitar you put your touch to, but this is really something.
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Billy Knowles


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Kenansville, N. C. 28349 usa
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 2:17 pm     Lynn Reply with quote

Wonderful job as usual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jerry Jones


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Nashville, Tenn.
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 3:07 pm     Reply with quote

Great job as usual, Lynn....a master's touch! Wink
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Hook Moore


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South Charleston,West Virginia
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 3:30 pm     Reply with quote

Outstanding Lynn !!
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Skip Edwards


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LA,CA
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 5:45 pm     Reply with quote

Very nice work, as always.
So...what became of the 705?
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Ron Whitworth


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Yuma,Ariz.USA Yeah they say it's a DRY heat !!
Post Posted 26 Jan 2013 10:21 pm     Reply with quote

WOW Lynn!!
This is another one of your jobs that is just
" over the top " beautiful..
Very very well done my friend..
Congratulations
Ron
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Lynn Stafford


From:
Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 27 Jan 2013 10:21 am     Thanks! Reply with quote

Many thanks for the very kind words from everyone. I guess I wanted to take this project on because I felt it would be both challenging and rewarding for me (assuming I could actually restore the guitar after I had it). I figured the worst case would be that I would end up with a pile of PP parts Smile

Aside from the issues I mentioned above, I realized that the guitar was actually in much better condition than I had thought previously and was very encouraged, once I had it in hand.

Skip Edwards wrote:
Very nice work, as always.
So...what became of the 705?


I prefer the single coil sound, so I chose to sell the 705 and replace it with a stock Emmons pickup. Dave Beaty ended up buying it to use for lab research at Telonics. They are doing great things there, so more power to him and his company Very Happy
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Dave Beaty


From:
Mesa, Arizona, USA
Post Posted 27 Jan 2013 10:37 am     Magic Reply with quote

Lynn, what you do to these forlorn old instruments is nothing short of magic.
We all appreciate your efforts and those of your very talented friends.
Dave
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Ricky Davis


From:
Buda, Texas USA
Post Posted 27 Jan 2013 3:11 pm     Reply with quote

Lynn I too stand in AWE of you my brother. Your dedication to detail and true restoration just far surpasses so many things. You are a true craftsman...and the passion you have for this work is shown in the biggest light to me...thanks for sharing and keep doing it man...it is very inspiring to see your work.
Ricky
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Jeff Garden


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Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, USA
Post Posted 27 Jan 2013 3:51 pm     Reply with quote

Looks like another labor of love, Lynn...you're the best friend an old Emmons ever had! Beautiful work as always!
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Kevin Mincke


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Farmington, MN (Twin Cities-South Metro) USA
Post Posted 27 Jan 2013 3:58 pm     Reply with quote

w0w Whoa!
Not much else to be said than what's been noted. As usual, another beauty from Lynn.
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Carl Williams


From:
Oklahoma
Post Posted 27 Jan 2013 4:05 pm     Kudos Reply with quote

Lynn,
You never disappoint when you post your "works of art" and BIG DITTO to what all the others have said about you and your skills! Add another feather to your hat my friend! IF (Never Say Never especially Steel Guitar folks! ha) I ever get into PP and need a restoration, I've got your number for sure. Way to go Lynn...super job!! Carl
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Tommy Cass


From:
Baldwinville, Ma. U.S.A.
Post Posted 28 Jan 2013 8:44 am     Reply with quote

Lynn,
Congratulations on another great job.
Lynn has volumes of knowlege about P/p's and is very meticulous in his work.
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Rich Peterson


From:
Moorhead, MN
Post Posted 28 Jan 2013 9:33 am     Reply with quote

I am amazed. I would never have thought that guitar could be made showroom perfect. Learn something (almost) every day.
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Henry Matthews


From:
Texarkana, Ark USA
Post Posted 28 Jan 2013 10:06 am     Reply with quote

Great job Lynn.
It never ceases to amaze me the things that people can do to instruments. The fiddle I play today was on a front porch with ivy vines planted in it, LOL
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Bob Muller


From:
Oregon, USA
Post Posted 28 Jan 2013 12:12 pm     Reply with quote

Outstanding job as always Lynn, when you team up with Bob Littleton I don't think there's a guitar out there that you guys could not restore to like new condition. It's always great to see one of these classics brought back to life in such a grand way.
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Adam Goodale


From:
Pflugerville, TX
Post Posted 29 Jan 2013 1:03 am     Lynn's Expertise Reply with quote

I own a very early Emmons P/P that i purchased from Lynn, that he also set up for me. I had very specific instructions and concerns regarding the correctness of the guitar being it is a vintage instrument, and Lynn absolutely nailed it. I will own the guitar until I die. Lynn is a true master craftsmen and such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to these instruments, and that shows in every guitar he works on. A steel that Lynn sets up sounds, plays, and looks exactly the way it is supposed to. On top of that he is truly a pleasure to do business with. Lynn, This Emmons looks wonderful, Congrats on bringing this beauty back to life. Hope your doing well!
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Tony Glassman


From:
The Great Northwest
Post Posted 29 Jan 2013 8:12 am     Reply with quote

Excellent job as usual, Lynn. I'll see you @ Dallas in March, if not before
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Lynn Stafford


From:
Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 29 Jan 2013 3:32 pm     Replies Reply with quote

Dave Beaty: Thanks so much, it's been such a pleasure getting to know you and using your Telonics equipment. I've enjoyed working on your personal Emmons PP guitars, too. Looking forward to the prospect of becoming a Telonics Dealer by this time next year.

Ricky Davis: Thanks for your kind words. I've seen photos of your work, so back at ya my friend!

Jeff Garden: Thanks very much to you as well! Jeff owns a couple of my Emmons S-10 PP guitars, a '72 that I restored and the very first '04 S-10 reissue!

Kevin Mincke: Thanks so much to you for posting your nice comments.

Carl Williams: Thanks to you once again!

Tom Casella: Thank you my friend! That's quite a complement, coming from someone like you. I've seen your work first hand and it's really top notch!

Rich Peterson: Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

Henry Matthews: Thank you very much. It's been a pleasure getting to know you.

Bob Muller: Thank you my friend! It's truly great having people like you and Bob as my friends. I'm so glad you are enjoying the teal lacquer Emmons PP you bought from me late last year.

Adam Goodale: Wow, it was so very kind of you to say all those things. I'm glad you're enjoying that bolt-on (that you talked me into selling to you...) LOL, I wanted to hang on to that one but I know it has a very good home with you.

Tony Glassman: Thanks buddy! Yes, Kathy and I are very excited about going to Dallas once again, so I'ts great you and Karen will be there too, along with several others from the Northwest!!
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