Monkees binding, frets reset.

tartanphantom

Friend of Fred
Jul 30, 2008
6,369
Murfreesboro, TN
So you're not exactly starving for work, then.
That's a good thing for you, bad for vintage Gretsch devotees... "quick turnaround" is not an option these days if you want quality restoration & repair craftsmanship.

Your handiwork always continues to amaze, Curt.
 

tartanphantom

Friend of Fred
Jul 30, 2008
6,369
Murfreesboro, TN
Good to know that if I need you, I'll get floated to the "top". I tour 4-5 middle TN counties all the time. 😁

Again, great work on that guitar. "KV" wouldn't happen to be a certain Mr. Vaughn, would it? Just a wild guess. It's obvious that you take pride in your handiwork.
 

tartanphantom

Friend of Fred
Jul 30, 2008
6,369
Murfreesboro, TN
Kurt Vile, the guitar needed to be ready to fly to Australia tomorrow.
Wow, you get all the cool ones. I understand he's just a stones throw away from you as well in the Philly metro area.

One of these days I'm gonna convince you to move your ops to my neck of the woods. Joe Glaser needs the competition.
 

Highnumbers

Gretschie
Oct 11, 2009
154
Southern California
Nice work, Curt! That turned out great, the binding was in advanced stages of rot, for sure.

I hear you on not taking in 4-ply binding work, as I'm currently in the process of doing one (Falcon) it's a huge pain to work with, and more time consuming that most customers would be willing to pay.

If I may offer a suggestion that (I hope) could be helpful, I highly recommend checking out the "MacRostie Binding Trimmer" tool from StewMac. I scoffed initially at the idea of paying for one, as it's a few hundred dollars. But it cuts binding down with such precision that you can get it within a couple thousands of an inch for final scraping. Cuts down a huge amount of work, and also helps preserve the finish. Even just for the one binding job I'm working on, it's been well worth the cost.

(Here's my thread on binding, using that tool: https://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/diy-50s-white-falcon-binding.219809/ )
 

Curt

Electromatic
Mar 7, 2022
75
Hopewell, NJ
Wow, you get all the cool ones. I understand he's just a stones throw away from you as well in the Philly metro area.

One of these days I'm gonna convince you to move your ops to my neck of the woods. Joe Glaser needs the competition.
I wouldn't have any business, Joe's too good!
 

Curt

Electromatic
Mar 7, 2022
75
Hopewell, NJ
I find those Baxendale conversions interesting. Care to share your opinion?
Difficult to know because I didn't get to hear this one before it was re-braced. I have a couple friends that think it's sacrilege to mess with the braces but I have to say this one sounds fantastic but then again it was folding in on itself.
 

Curt

Electromatic
Mar 7, 2022
75
Hopewell, NJ
Nice work, Curt! That turned out great, the binding was in advanced stages of rot, for sure.

I hear you on not taking in 4-ply binding work, as I'm currently in the process of doing one (Falcon) it's a huge pain to work with, and more time consuming that most customers would be willing to pay.

If I may offer a suggestion that (I hope) could be helpful, I highly recommend checking out the "MacRostie Binding Trimmer" tool from StewMac. I scoffed initially at the idea of paying for one, as it's a few hundred dollars. But it cuts binding down with such precision that you can get it within a couple thousands of an inch for final scraping. Cuts down a huge amount of work, and also helps preserve the finish. Even just for the one binding job I'm working on, it's been well worth the cost.

(Here's my thread on binding, using that tool: https://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/diy-50s-white-falcon-binding.219809/ )
Thanks for the tip!
Nice work on the Falcon, I had a 62 that I sold.
 

drmilktruck

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Double Platinum Member
May 17, 2009
21,950
Plymouth, MN
Fabulous work, as always, Curt! Looks almost like the one I sold to another member on the GDP (and here) years ago. ;) Gotta love the Monkees model, should reissue it. (Not under the same name though, as nobody under 50 remembers the Monkees.) Dan Duffy told me that model was one of the best Gretsch made during his time.
 

cielski

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Feb 10, 2010
20,556
LaFayette IN
Wow, you get all the cool ones. I understand he's just a stones throw away from you as well in the Philly metro area.

One of these days I'm gonna convince you to move your ops to my neck of the woods. Joe Glaser needs the competition.
Only if you could move his Schoolhouse, too. He put tons of work into that building.
 

LivingMyDream

Friend of Fred
Gold Supporting Member
May 4, 2016
7,357
Peculiar, Missouri
Curt, you do some seriously amazing work. As someone who can only do rough homeowner type work, I can't even imagine how you manage to work with the tolerances that you do. Kudos to you Curt! 👍👍
 


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