#1
Alright my great grandfather just recently past away (at the age of 102) he was a fantastc guitar player and he even made his own guitars from scratch. (he made a 12 string and i believe a couple others over the years) and i inherited one of his guitars (i cant remember whether or not he made this one) now it is really old like 60 years or something and im afraid to tune/play/restring/touch it but i really want use it because my only other acoustic is a piece of **** yamaha. (ya laugh it up) i just want to know if it really is safe to play it or not. i got a pic of it if it helps. it says patrician on the headstock btw.


#2
my condolences. he sounded like a real cool person.

When was the last tiem the guitar was played/tuned/strung? If it was within 2-3 years, i wouldnt be afraid to tune it, but id be hella careful with it.
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#3
my uncle (also a great guitar player, guess it runs in the family) said he had just tuned it when he gave it to me so i guess ill try tuning it but its probly not the best idea to try and restring it though huh? cause the strings are like brown...

and thanks for your condolences.

btw, think this guitar would be a good slide guitar? (im new to the slide and im not quite sure what makes a good slide guitar)
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my uncle (also a great guitar player, guess it runs in the family) said he had just tuned it when he gave it to me so i guess ill try tuning it but its probly not the best idea to try and restring it though huh? cause the strings are like brown...

and thanks for your condolences.

btw, think this guitar would be a good slide guitar? (im new to the slide and im not quite sure what makes a good slide guitar)

Extra lights are the answer for antique instruments. They're almost always a safe bet. I'd just grab some D'Addarios.

You should rub the fretboard and bridge with a few drops of lemon oil to condition it and make sure it keeps from cracking. Check the glue joints and make sure nothing's falling apart. If there's damage, get it repaired.
Sincerely, Chad.
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