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Curtis Rogers National Part III

Curtis Rogers National Part III

Now that major work on the neck is done Tom can fit the neck angel and reattach it to the body.  Using a straight edge the neck angle is determined.  The dowel stick gets trimmed and shims are used along with the original wood jacks to get the angle correct.




With the fingerboard glued on but before fretting Tom added the white star inlay at the first fret and the ivoroid dots like the original. The maple board is relatively soft so the frets are hammered in and glued to make sure they remain solid....


TK Smith Guitars at TR Crandall

We are pleased to announce that we are the first official dealer for TK Smith Guitars. Serendipitously we were both featured in issue 32 of The Fretboard Journal, back to back articles.  We had heard about TK for years and followed his creative and inspiring projects from afar.  It just happened the Jill had stopped in our shop not long after we opened.  If you know anything about our shop and TK you know we share a passion for American made guitars crafted at the highest level.  TK and Jill did not have to ask twice if we would like...


TR Crandall in The Fretboard Journal

We are honored to be profiled in the latest issue #32 of The Fretboard Journal. Stop by the shop to pick up you copy or order online!

http://www.fretboardjournal.com/issue-32


1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage DeLuxe Conversion Part IV

1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage DeLuxe Conversion Part IV

 

Now that we have the neck nice and strong with the addition of an aluminum beam it is time to profile and shape it.  As mentioned previously we want to make this a comfortable neck to play but stay true to a Gibson 30s  shape.  We worked closely with the owner of the guitar and decided on a 1 13/16" nut width and a soft V profile.  We have a nice mid 30s L-00 that was used as a guide for the profile.  The rest is left to the skill and experience of Tom in carving a...


1935 Gibson Roy Smeck conversion Part III

1935 Gibson Roy Smeck conversion Part III

In the third step of our conversion of a 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage DeLuxe we will install the neck support. 

The first step is carefully laying out where the 1/2" aluminum tube will go.  As you can see in the above photo Tom has marked the neck with the location of the channel.  The neck is firmly clamped in place and the truss rod routing jig is clamped down as well.  The support runs from just shy of the nut right to the end of the dovetail.  Tom prefers a laminate trimer...