#1
So I came home from school tonight because I have a summer job interview and I decided to pull out my late uncle's old acoustic that he gave my mom when he died.

It's an all birch body from what i've gathered, other than that I don't really know much about it. It's not worth much money either. Here are some pics:





I think it's a sweet looking guitar, love the classic look. It actually sounds pretty good, nice and loud with pretty good sustain. The tone is crappy from almost 40 year old strings (my uncle died of Hodgkin's disease at like 22 ) which I don't want to change since the guitar is really a sentimental piece. Needless to say I wish I could play it more... oh well.

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#2
Is it a lefty or are you in a mirror?

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#3
You don't want to change the strings? Brilliant. That's like refusing to change the reed on an antique sax mouthpiece. First of all, it's dangerous. You'll be playing it someday, and one of them will snap on your fingers. Second, it's not an integral part that you're changing. It's not the tuners, the pickguard, the bridge pins, the saddle. It's just strings. They are meant to be changed.

Great guitar; stupid decision to not change the strings.

Edit: and speaking from experience, I have inherited a 60s Epiphone hollowbody from my late uncle and a 1900s mandolin from my grandmother. First thing I did was change the strings. If they saw me throwing away function for the convenience of personal attachment, they'd slap the **** out of me.
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#4
oh... that would be my lovely mac webcam haha.... it works like a mirror. but yeah it's a righty not a lefty
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oh... that would be my lovely mac webcam haha.... it works like a mirror. but yeah it's a righty not a lefty

You can select "auto flip new photos" in the "Edit" section of Photobooth.
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You don't want to change the strings?...

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Strings aren't valuable, and your uncle surely changed them once a month at least.

Take them off (slowly, if you don't already know), dust and clean the guitar, put some new strings on (again, slowly), and maybe play it a little.
If it's too sentimental (?) or if you're just not a player, then reserve it, but at least put it in good condition.

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#7
I understand about the strings. If I had intentions of playing it I would definitely change them; however, I don't have any intention and I'd rather just leave them be. If its putting the instrument in danger in any way I'll let my mom know and go ahead and change them. But at the moment my mom would rather it be left in the condition she received it in so I'm going to leave it. Thanks for the advice though.

Oh and p.s. that photobooth tip is amazing... the mirror effect is annoying.
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I understand about the strings. If I had intentions of playing it I would definitely change them; however, I don't have any intention and I'd rather just leave them be. If its putting the instrument in danger in any way I'll let my mom know and go ahead and change them. But at the moment my mom would rather it be left in the condition she received it in so I'm going to leave it. Thanks for the advice though.

Oh and p.s. that photobooth tip is amazing... the mirror effect is annoying.

Well, yes, actually. Old strings can cause a great deal of harm to an instrument. They propagate all sorts of dirt and grime that can only work its way into the fretboard and possibly cause splitting. Have you even checked the relief of the neck? For the love of God, at least make sure that is in order. Old strings have a habit of pulling or slacking the neck this way or that.

Why own an instrument if you're not going to play it? That's a damned waste of a guitar. When guitars sit without being played, they do not mature properly. If you want the long answer as to why, then look here. I think, if anything, that would just be a blemish to your uncle's memory; leaving a prized possession to sit and rot away without any sort of love at all.

Are you humidifying it properly? Are you cleaning the top, back, and sides properly? Have you applied lemon oil to the bare wood of the bridge and fretboard to ensure that the wood will not split? Have you cleaned and polished the frets to stave off rust? Are you keeping the tuning machines clean and lubricated to prevent rust? These are all the essentials of general upkeep. Without them, yes, your guitar is in danger.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#9
change the strings, but if they're that sentimental, set them on a shelf or something by themselves.
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I had only just remembered there was a guitar in one of our closets the other day. When I opened it up and took some pics of it, that was probably the first time its been out of it's case in 30 years. No lube or lemon oil or anything. Next time I'm home I'll see what my mom would think of me getting it back in shape.

And yes, the first thing I checked was the neck when I took it out, the strings have held it in place and it hasn't warped in any direction. The tuners were in good shape from what I remember, I had no problem tuning the guitar and it was actually almost in tune remarkably.

Thanks for the tips Chad. Honestly, you came off like an asshat in your first post and I wrote you off for a flamer but your second post was much more intelligent and I appreciate the advice. Also, interesting link.
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I had only just remembered there was a guitar in one of our closets the other day. When I opened it up and took some pics of it, that was probably the first time its been out of it's case in 30 years. No lube or lemon oil or anything. Next time I'm home I'll see what my mom would think of me getting it back in shape.

And yes, the first thing I checked was the neck when I took it out, the strings have held it in place and it hasn't warped in any direction. The tuners were in good shape from what I remember, I had no problem tuning the guitar and it was actually almost in tune remarkably.

Thanks for the tips Chad. Honestly, you came off like an asshat in your first post and I wrote you off for a flamer but your second post was much more intelligent and I appreciate the advice. Also, interesting link.

Thanks. I didn't mean to be a jackass; I just hate to see a good guitar waste away for reasons of sentiment.
Sincerely, Chad.
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