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Project by anthm27 posted 01-07-2021 12:28 AM 1104 views 0 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
Firstly apologies for not being so involved lately.
As most know I sold my place and along with it went the upstairs woodshop. Some also know that I have been learning to play Guitar.

So, this Guitar I found in a furniture rubbish pile on the street in Hong Kong, the Guitar was within seconds of being loaded into a Furniture Rubbish removal truck.

I, fortunately, rescued it and took it home for refurbishment.

The most significant things about this project are:

A) I found this Guitar, I did not buy it, It was someone elses Rubbish

B) I had to set up a makeshift Luthiers workshop in my bedroom on the 10th floor Hong Kong flat

C) With the back of the guitar delamination I developed an idea to connect a straw to a syringe so I could inject glue down deep into the back of the guitar without making the delamination worse.(see pics)

I made a you tube video on the restoration, if you have a spare three minutes and are interested click here for the YouTube link.

The youtube video link also here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC4WND7YJdU

And below some comparison shots of before and after.

Cheers
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.





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JohnMcClure

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#1 posted 01-07-2021 12:53 AM

So glad to see you using your talents again. I admire your resourcefulness Ant!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 01-07-2021 12:55 AM

Welcome back antman...

Hope the squeeze out,

didn’t gum up the tone of the gihtah!


... B) I had to set up a makeshift Luthiers workshop in my bedroom on the 10th floor Hong Kong flat…
- anthm27

Should’ve hired out the penthouse and you could have gold encrusted it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Foghorn

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#3 posted 01-07-2021 01:32 AM

Nice recovery. Music for years to come!

-- Darrel

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crowie

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#4 posted 01-07-2021 01:56 AM

Ant, Most people would have walked past it as junk, but sir, you done an exceptional restoration job…well done!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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robscastle

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#5 posted 01-07-2021 02:12 AM

Nice restoration job,

I watched and listened to the youtube video I thought I saw the owners name inside the acoustic opening looked to be something like Gibson or Les Paul? I wonder can you check for me?.... and if it is I could sling you $500 Bucks next time we are at the Farm, Adam might like it!

Is that you playing in the background music?

-- Regards Rob

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Ivan

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#6 posted 01-07-2021 02:19 AM

Awesome…. Respect!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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mikeacg

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#7 posted 01-07-2021 02:23 AM

You did a good job! I have a couple of those projects in my music room waiting for me to find the time to whip them back into shape but I am easily distracted. Every time I go in there, I end up playing at least one of the instruments hanging on the wall…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 01-07-2021 03:05 AM


... like Gibson or Les Paul?....
- robscastle

Is that a Mel Gibson outburst or les paul it aside and let the gentiles play musiK!

C’mon antman... you don’t expect to stay a virgin after such a sabatical.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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anthm27

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#9 posted 01-07-2021 03:22 AM


You did a good job! I have a couple of those projects in my music room waiting for me to find the time to whip them back into shape but I am easily distracted. Every time I go in there, I end up playing at least one of the instruments hanging on the wall…

- mikeacg

Cheers Mike for looking in, Happy New Year buddy, and thanks for the comment on you tube.

Now in honesty, I only wish I could play the guitar as well as you, we here are all still waiting for a video of you playing.

Thanks again, waiting waiting.
Cheers
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#10 posted 01-07-2021 03:26 AM


So glad to see you using your talents again. I admire your resourcefulness Ant!

- JohnMcClure

Hi John , thanks for the encouragement , appreciate you looking in.
Regards
Anth


Awesome…. Respect!!

- Ivan

thanks Ivan, you never miss looking in friend, Thank you and also respect to you.


Nice recovery. Music for years to come!

- Foghorn

Thank you Fog for the message, and yes indeed, years of Potential music, and to think someone threw it out.


Ant, Most people would have walked past it as junk, but sir, you done an exceptional restoration job…well done!

- crowie

Thanks Crowie, Yes mate and it got me thinking, how many old but still potentially great Guitars are lying around in people’s forgotten stuff.
Nowadays it’s all become too easy to throw stuff out and get a new one.
Thanks again and Happy New Year.

Regards
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#11 posted 01-07-2021 03:33 AM



Welcome back antman...

Hope the squeeze out,

didn t gum up the tone of the gihtah!

... B) I had to set up a makeshift Luthiers workshop in my bedroom on the 10th floor Hong Kong flat…
- anthm27

Should ve hired out the penthouse and you could have gold encrusted it.

- LittleBlackDuck

Thanks, LBD, your up and adam nice and early , thanks for checking in, I fortunately wiped the glue off before it dried and with my playing the glue affecting the sound is the least of my worry.

Hay Now, LBD if I remember rightly you too are reasonable with a guitar in your hand.,
Come on buddy let’s hear and see a tune from you posted on YouTube. (Especially now, you have all the time in the world since they have locked you Victorians up for good and thrown away the keys.)

Cheers
Anthm

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#12 posted 01-07-2021 03:39 AM



Nice restoration job,

I watched and listened to the youtube video I thought I saw the owners name inside the acoustic opening looked to be something like Gibson or Les Paul? I wonder can you check for me?.... and if it is I could sling you $500 Bucks next time we are at the Farm, Adam might like it!

Is that you playing in the background music?

- robscastle

Hay Robbo, yes mate it was a good find but certainly no ancient or overly expensive treasure. I believe it was however made in Japan which does make it a well-built and a good classical Guitar. Unfortunately though money couldn’t buy it off me, I think it deserves better, you will see it hanging on the wall in the farm house in AUS sooner or later.

Cheers
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 01-07-2021 04:17 AM

That was a great find Anthony. The guitar looks as good as new again. I see your shop talents can adapt anywhere. Hope things are going well for you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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anthm27

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#14 posted 01-07-2021 05:10 AM



That was a great find Anthony. The guitar looks as good as new again. I see your shop talents can adapt anywhere. Hope things are going well for you.

- doubleDD

Cheers Double Dave, Good to hear from you,
I only wish the world would return to normal, I didn’t realize how much I missed the lovely Lombard.
Cheers
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 01-07-2021 10:17 AM

Thanks, LBD, your up and adam nice and early…
- anthm27


Yeah, damn with this C19 I now sleep with both of my eyes…

Hay Now, LBD if I remember rightly you too are reasonable with a guitar in your hand.,
Come on buddy let s hear and see a tune from you posted on YouTube. (Especially now, you have all the time in the world since they have locked you Victorians up for good and thrown away the keys.)
- anthm27

My day’s of playing are over… after the band broke up in 1969, I went to uni, got married, then took the shape of a fat eSpanjola guitar… then John Belushi passed away and the Penguin would not let me restart the band upsetting my tail feather. Hell, it’s no longer the chick magnet I remember it to be (guitars that is, not the kinky feather).
My music is now restricted to blowing onto some dunny paper (when I can find it… and preferably unused) through a comb (that I can fortunately still manage to use elsewhere).

Still, good to “see” you back bud… even if you’re unemployed… at the moment (I’m working on a wooden chopper that may need a pile it).


... I only wish the world would return to normal…
- anthm27

Those square corners piss me off as well… and that drop off the edge… WOW, base jumper’s Valhalla!

PS. Another welcome back…

to THE,

’Ping’g’g in E flat (not your bloody 10th floor)!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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