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stephen hill


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From: La Herradura, Granada, Spain


Made a bit of an error today, was repairing a sunken top with a bag of heated sand, repeating the heat treatment till I got the dome back again, worked well and for the hell of it I put in a block and wedges to keep the soundboard in this tension for a few days (in front of the bridge) Had the client round yesterday having strung the guitar up quickly the day before, tuned the guitar in front of him and noticed the guitar sounded much more tinny than before.. hmm , well, I must have done something to make it sound SO flamenco...duh .. off he went and today I realised I had left the block and wedges inside...! DUHHHH now I cant find his damn number (left it in his case) and wondering when he will phone.. meanwhile the words out in the barrio for him to contact me!! any funny stories anyone else wants to share?


stephen hill - granada spain
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 4 2010 6:39:34

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RE: whoops! (in reply to stephen hill


well, I must have done something to make it sound SO flamenco..

Stephen...Just say that they are special "Flamenco" Blocks and Wedges that you are experimenting with at the moment and if he is happy, then you can leave them in at a small additional cost.
(He might spread the word and everyone will want an "S.H. Conversion".)

I've got dozens of stories but they are all Electronics related...


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 4 2010 9:04:12
Anders Eliasson

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RE: whoops! (in reply to stephen hill

Stories, nothing serious, but I have send a couple of guitars out in the world without labels. It was a matter of sending the client a signed label.


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 4 2010 23:44:00

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RE: whoops! (in reply to stephen hill

I already told the one about how I bolted a guitar to the solera by putting the wing nut inside the guitar and gluing on the back. Pretty classic.

There's another funny story about a guitar here in Oakland that came from Granada. It's a Ramirez negra from the late 70's or early 80's, I cant' remember and I also could not read the label very well.

There's a crazy gitano in Granada who took this guitar to a really good repair man who's name I can't think of at the moment. He put a new top on the guitar, first class job. Then the crazy gitano said to him my hands are really small can you change the scale with a smalller fingerboard? So the repair guy changed that and repositioned the bridge and nut. It looks kind of strange, but it works and it's what the customer wanted.

Then the guy took the guitar home and started messing with the nut and decided he needed to fix the basses in the guitar because when the scale changed it made the basses very boomy and the trebles dropped out. The nutty Gitano went to the hardware store and bought a can of spray foam and filled the back of the guitar with a 2" thick layer of expandable insulation foam in the back in the lower bouts between the braces.

Needless to say the guitar is very protected against winter drafts and cold air leaks, but it is totally messed up. How this guitar found it's way to California is a another tale of woe, but I'll put that in the next installment. I've been negociating with the current owner to do a full restoration back to it's original scale length, which would include taking the back off to properly clean the guitar. We tried to get the foam out through the soundhole, but it's just impossible.

I wish I had access to my other computer which died. I have pictures of the inside of the guitar shot with my cell phone of the foam coating the tail block.
Good times!

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