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1935 Gibson Roy Smeck conversion Part II

1935 Gibson Roy Smeck conversion Part II

 The next step in the conversion of the 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage DeLuxe is removing the fingerboard.  We are converting the guitar for a customer who owns several nice 30s and 40s Gibson guitars.  Working with the customer we have decided to keep the neck profile period correct.  The shape will remain a V just like the Spanish style guitars from 1935.  An often overlooked aspect to converting a Hawaiian guitar to Spanish is the size of the neck.  We have seen many conversions where the neck was left at original heft and thus not very comfortable...


1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage DeLuxe Conversion

1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage DeLuxe Conversion

In the 1930s Hawaiian music was tops in popularity.  The ukulele and lap-steel or Hawaiian guitar was everywhere.  The very first electric guitars were built for Hawaiian style slide playing.  All the big guitar companies, including Gibson  of Kalamazoo Michigan, built several guitars specifically for slide playing both acoustic and electric.  Most of the acoustic models were similar to Spanish guitars in their look but featured several significant structural differences.  Gibson-made Hawaiian guitars have necks that join the body at the 12th fret instead of the 14th.  The necks are wider and fatter and often do not have a truss rod....


Gibson jumbos in stock!

Gibson jumbos in stock!

Great selection of Gibson jumbos in stock now!

1949 J-45

1951 J-50

1954 J-50

1954 J-50

1957 J-45

1959 Country Western

1960 Country Western

 


TR Crandall Guitars Open for Business

TR Crandall Guitars Open for Business

Welcome and thank you for visiting trcrandall.com.  TR Crandall Guitars is a new store brought to you by Alex Whitman and Tom Crandall.  We are both lifelong musicians and guitar fans.  The store and website are devoted to vintage acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and even a few electrics and amps.  We approach each instrument from the perspective of the repair bench.  We have the highest standards in our selection and repair of each instrument.  Our in house repair shop run by Tom Crandall is the heart and soul of the store.  No instrument goes on the wall without evaluation and necessary...