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Old 10-05-2015, 08:12 PM   #1
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Saving Sylvia

I've had this F-hole arch top and bottom Silvertone (# 367-12459 MADE IN U.S.A.) guitar since '85. It needed a lot of work then but I'm just getting around to a major rebuild.The headstock had split off on each of the sides in line with the middle of the post holes and the neck was in need of shimming, both of these I fixed at that time.
The neck is bent beyond truss management but plays well , it's just that the action COULD be better. The truss rod is some weirdo threaded shaft that sticks out above the level of the headstock so you can't put a cover over it. A half moon shaped key slips on the rod and is held in place by a groove in the headstock's truss rod cavity. This key has a square hole but there's no square on the rod shaft so the rod will rotate (not good, I think). It hasn't had a nut on the rod for 30 years or more. Until now. I don't know how the mechanics of such a truss rod arrangement is supposed to work and I'm not taking off the fretboard to find out.
It's a bolt on neck with no heel so I took it off and am currently back-bending it.
I got a set of Gotoh tuners for it and am making saddle and nut out of antler.
Gluing the separated 3-laminate top where they came loose at the tips of the f-holes.
Some refinishing on the headstock should finish the job.
Wish me luck!
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