For some unknown
reason, the bulk of the work flow at the shop tends to shift periodically
from orchestral to fretted projects, although bow work hardly ever
stops. Really, the most current fretted instruments are a new batch
of Pinkham guitars that will soon be in our store in Glen Cove and
on this site. The upcoming models are:
- a koa 12-fret SP,
very fancy and very sweet
- a 12-fret SP,
of hundred-year-old mahogany, that sounds brilliant and clear
- a rosewood LP
- a Conservatory
- four Elite Brazilian Master
- a cypress Master
The Master models are all being French polished
at this time and the lacquer instruments are ready to play.
Our most interesting recent
fretted instrument restoration has been a Regal tenor guitar with
an unusual body shape. We haven't been able to locate the model
number for this instrument. The Regal Instrument Company was formed
in Indiana in the 1880s and was purchased in 1904 by Lyon and Healy
Typical old Regal label, Chicagoland.
Top showing missing pick guard and damage to the finish.
Bridge and neck areas masked and ready for French polishing.
Finished instrument. Do you know the model
number of this instrument? Contact us!
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Stick shellacing damage in top finish,
hiding nicks and dings.
French polishing before the neck reset.
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