#1
Hello, i have an very old guitar made in czechslovakia by a company jolana (galaxis). this guitar has no nut and bridge. its in a verry bad condition. i will eventualy restore her, but i need some infos. sorry for my english. please help!

1. see image below. the nut is not there where usualy. it has a litle distance between the firt fret ao lets better say zero fret. i am wondering does this guitar have an usable scale lenght?

2. the second problem is the bridge. there is no way i can buy a replacement bridge. this bridge is not screwed in the guitar, its just placed under the strings so it can move around. do you have any sugjestions for an alternative bridge or hardtail?



#2
Quote by kitarmen
Hello, i have an very old guitar made in czechslovakia by a company jolana (galaxis). this guitar has no nut and bridge. its in a verry bad condition. i will eventualy restore her, but i need some infos. sorry for my english. please help!

1. see image below. the nut is not there where usualy. it has a litle distance between the firt fret ao lets better say zero fret. i am wondering does this guitar have an usable scale lenght?

2. the second problem is the bridge. there is no way i can buy a replacement bridge. this bridge is not screwed in the guitar, its just placed under the strings so it can move around. do you have any sugjestions for an alternative bridge or hardtail?





question 1
i have no idea whether or not the scale length is "usable". let's just say it was made to be played and that i can't imagine why any instrument maker would want to manufacture and sell an unusable instrument for money. these guitars have an underground following and an unusable guitar would not. so assume for now that it will function because the answer to question 2 has a lot to do with it.

you will need to get/make a nut though since you have a zero fret, the nut only has to set the string spacing. the zero fret sets the action (string height) at the first fret and the scale length.

question 2
look a little harder. these things like i said have a cult following, and somebody somewhere has one. you may need to buy a whole parts guitar just to get a bridge. or you can rig up a standard gibson style tune-o-matic. you'll need to verify the string spacing, install bushings and posts, set the scale length, etc...

fyi, uncompensated scale length is the distance from the center of your zero fret to the center of your 12th fret multiplied by two.

the tune-o-matic bridge if you center it, will have enough travel to dial in the compensated string length. or you can rig the new bridge to float on feet if you can sort out the hardware and you'll have to fiddle around with scale length to get the intonation correct.

helpful links?

http://www.jolana.cz/
http://www.cheesyguitars.com/jolana_sn.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolana
http://www.junkguitars.com/stories/czech.html
http://www.jolana.info/

check out this forum:
http://www.cheesyguitars.com/
you might be able to find somebody with a bridge if you are patient.
Last edited by ad_works at Feb 5, 2016,
#4
Quote by kitarmen
Hello, i have an very old guitar made in czechslovakia by a company jolana (galaxis). this guitar has no nut and bridge. its in a verry bad condition. i will eventualy restore her, but i need some infos. sorry for my english. please help!

1. see image below. the nut is not there where usualy. it has a litle distance between the firt fret ao lets better say zero fret. i am wondering does this guitar have an usable scale lenght?

2. the second problem is the bridge. there is no way i can buy a replacement bridge. this bridge is not screwed in the guitar, its just placed under the strings so it can move around. do you have any sugjestions for an alternative bridge or hardtail?





No insurmountable problems here. A new nut, a new bridge (probably a floater), and a quick look at the setup and electronics and it's playable.

The pickups are interesting (I see the plastic on the bridge has been repaired with some epoxy or CA glue?), and you're not going to replace those with anything similar. Might actually be pretty cool.

The pickguard can be replaced (it's not stock anything, obviously, but there are folks who can create a new one from the old one, and it'll have the points where they belong, etc.)

The trem can actually be de-rusted, redone and re-plated.

But oh, god, the stars...
#6
Quote by dspellman
No insurmountable problems here. A new nut, a new bridge (probably a floater), and a quick look at the setup and electronics and it's playable.

The pickups are interesting (I see the plastic on the bridge has been repaired with some epoxy or CA glue?), and you're not going to replace those with anything similar. Might actually be pretty cool.

The pickguard can be replaced (it's not stock anything, obviously, but there are folks who can create a new one from the old one, and it'll have the points where they belong, etc.)

The trem can actually be de-rusted, redone and re-plated.

But oh, god, the stars...


there is air under the plastic in bridge pivkup. niothing glued