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Old New Yorker project

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Lrg280, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    It could be the whiskey talking, but I am going to attempt to repair this one! Serial number written in pencil is 1154. Built between 1945-47 I believe. I am going to do some research and come up with a game plan. I’ll let you know when I get started. 20039925-39BC-4036-A79D-55DD6BBA7C53.jpeg F13343D0-2C09-4B27-8934-E5448E4C9C34.jpeg 6CEF0895-D8D2-45F9-B6B0-DC5C7E40186D.jpeg 8C637ACB-42F8-4549-AF36-5FFCAEAC5766.jpeg F8372B64-A854-48FD-9931-3EE028227ADF.jpeg 086C888A-C681-4446-BFF3-945BCC980F86.jpeg 2889C5F6-570F-4B50-A177-E025B4F36207.jpeg F9D46504-3B18-450A-849F-AC1521DD5AEA.jpeg BE7E90C7-7C61-4530-8BA4-28B7A380311E.jpeg 504903DD-5C90-4C27-92D5-1C14DFCABA16.jpeg
     
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  2. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Yep... that's an early one, showing features like the rounded headstock, long trapeze tailpiece and old-style f-holes. Quite a bit of work there... hope your whisky holds out!
     
  3. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    Yea it’s a lot of work,but I like a challenge! Not even sure I have the chops to pull it off. Worst case scenario it remains unplayable, but I should learn a bit about working on a vintage guitar. I paid 50.00 for it so the stakes aren’t too high.
     
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  4. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Look forward to seeing how this comes out.
    Are you doing a complete refinish or keep it as original as possible?
    Good luck!
     
  5. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    I hope to keep it as original as possible.
     
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  6. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    70
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I admire your courage! :)
     
  7. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Looks like it's going to take a lot of research and time. It also looks like it might be something that might become quite the prize if you are successful in the restoration.
     
  8. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    It can be done, i have one like that and its a very cool guitar. First step for me on that would be assessing if it needs a neck reset, if not then i'd pull the back off carefully to check the braces and fix the side cracks. The headstock overlay may be very flammable so be careful using heat, it will need to be removed to fix the headstock.
     
  9. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    633
    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Very cool indeed.
     
  10. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    I don’t know how much courage I have, I was actually considering buying one that is playable and posting it here in a few weeks as the finished product! Lol!
     
  11. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    Thanks for the heads up on the overlay being flammable. I haven’t checked yet but I am assuming it will need a neck reset. I hope to have some free time to assess it this weekend. Who knows maybe I will be pleasantly surprised, and the neck will be fine. :)
     
  12. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Maybe a damp towel and an iron will work to heat up that overlay, then the glue will soften up enough for the knife to slip in.
     
  13. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    Ok, I finally had a chance to do a little work on this. I removed the tailpiece, pickguard, binding, and the headstock overlay. It turns out the neck is 2 pieces. The crack in the center of the headstock is actually a glue joint that is separating from the headstock all the way down the neck. Next I am going to attempt to remove the neck.
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  14. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Mine really is fun to play so you may end up with something cool there. 20171111_120212.jpg
     
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  15. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Well, good luck lrg280 to success in that restoration challenge, indeed !

    If you have the tools and the skills required (or a friend that have it, like me fortunately), then you should bring a second life to that Gretsch New-Yorker, and she would thank you for your efforts by looking and singing nicely...

    As an encouragement for your work to come, here's my personal experience (thanks to the skills of my pal :cool:) :

    At the start - or rather to the end of her life, mistreated and caught before jettisoned to trash :

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    At the end - or rather at the start of her new life, as a R&R-Surf-Funk fancy-lefty guitar :

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    A full success story, finally... Then your New-Yorker would be able to follow the same path to resurrection, like wildeman's one, I guess...

    A+!
     
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  16. Les PaltaX

    Les PaltaX Electromatic

    50
    Nov 8, 2017
    Chile
    OMG, that's beautiful !!

    I wish you the best of lucks Lrg280, we'll be waiting for that beauty to come back to life.
     
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  17. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    Wow! That looks amazing!
     
  18. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    Thanks Les Palta X!
     
  19. Lrg280

    Lrg280 Electromatic

    28
    Nov 4, 2017
    New York
    Ok, today I made a steamer for the neck removal. I went to the local thrift shop, and I got lucky and found this baby for five bucks. BA5E4547-27D6-4BF7-9395-ADB4B1AA3431.jpeg with the spare parts I had laying around I came up with this. A202805A-B45D-4430-813D-D1630B416473.jpeg And if I succede in my neck removal I will celebrate with this! C0094224-DD22-4B6C-A69B-2770800206C6.jpeg Failure is not an option!
     
  20. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Yesss! I'm watchin, i gotta take a neck off my Nippon Gakki. Let me know if the Whiskey helps..........
     
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