1960"s Custom made guitar, #customguitar

This came in in late November for a restoration, client wasn't sure what it was only that it was his dad's old guitar and he wanted to see if I could fix it up for Christmas for him. At first we thought it was from Eastern Europe or Italy but the more I go into the job I realized it was a custom made instrument, just did not know from where or who! It has lots of pencil markings and measurement lines inside, the  back is bookmatched and the neck and body have quite a lot of fancy woodwork. Anyway the clients brother came from out of state and enlightened us, the builder was (is?) a furniture maker from Foster, Rhode Island who also made a few guitars. After Christmas we will find out his name! Here are some photos.

Notice the bookmatched back with center inlay. There is not enough red tortoise to go around, we are trying to keep the price down so I will fill in the top and use white for the bottom binding.

Notice the bookmatched back with center inlay. There is not enough red tortoise to go around, we are trying to keep the price down so I will fill in the top and use white for the bottom binding.

Inlay carried to headstock. Check out the zero fret.   

Inlay carried to headstock. Check out the zero fret.

 

Bolt on neck in the early 60s, who says Taylor is and innovator!

Bolt on neck in the early 60s, who says Taylor is and innovator!

Gotta fix this!

Gotta fix this!

Better.

Better.

Brace on the left is the original, just too thin to keep the top flat, the new one on the right was harvested from a 1964 Harmony, used two of them, might as well keep the wood all from the same era!

Brace on the left is the original, just too thin to keep the top flat, the new one on the right was harvested from a 1964 Harmony, used two of them, might as well keep the wood all from the same era!

Gluing on new back binding, repaired the red tortoise shell binding in the front using lots of small pieces form both sides.

Gluing on new back binding, repaired the red tortoise shell binding in the front using lots of small pieces form both sides.

Had to piece together enough red shell to go around the top, using top and bottom sections.

Had to piece together enough red shell to go around the top, using top and bottom sections.

Sounds like and old Martin, one of the good ones!

Sounds like and old Martin, one of the good ones!