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    I'm sure they are worth a pretty penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    In the past few years collecting and rarity doesn't really drive me anymore, but rather practicality. The last Martin acoustic I bought I never took out of the case so it never got played
    The rarity doesn't add to the appeal for me
    Just a comment as they are rare
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    The rarity doesn't add to the appeal for me
    Just a comment as they are rare
    It used to appeal to me but not really anymore

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    Finally I found some time to spend on Ol' Birchy. It was a beautiful sunny day and I got my work bench all set up outside so today was a good day to break it in. I got a lot done. As of today we are all wired for sound with my fully rewound 60's Teisco pickup fresh off the Reilander workbench. It's running a nice respectable 7.5 going through a couple CTS 250k pots with a Russian PIO 047 tone cap and a treble bleed with no resistor. I will have this inside the body when I reattach the top and will retrieve it through the F hole when Im finally strung up. That makes for perfect pole positioning. Lots of them had a wire coming out of the F holes so it makes it so I can have it all wired up and refinish the body with it patiently waiting inside until I'm ready for it. I will make a pickguard to cover up the wire. I also spent a couple hours carving on the patches on the top. Thinning them down & streamlining them. I think this is going to be pretty cool when it's done.
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    Looks awesome KC!

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    I believe I have completed the top repairs. I spent some time the last couple nights after work shaving down my oak patches to give them at least a chance at some wiggling . This top has come a long way. Tonight I am looking at it and am so surprised how well it's come back close to its original shape. It will clamp together well on Sunday when I take it back into the city to the boathouse with my pal Simon. The plan is to get the top glued and clamped this weekend then the weekend after I will head back and pick it up. I love this project. I hope I can find another beater like this again one day so I can do it again. I still have a pile of work to go but Im confident this will be a fun player.
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    Today I finished up the last details inside the body. Wiped it clean inside for its next Fifty years and tested all the electrical for the final check. Now we're ready for the top going back on tomorrow. I masked both the F holes from the back while it's easy to keep the inside dirt free while I'm still working on it. I'm so excited about tomorrow.
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    Looking cool KC...
    Work I don't know that I could do--so I am impressed...
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    Today was a productive day on the ol' Birchbox. I headed into Vancouver on the train to visit Simon in the boathouse. Once we got in there we mounted the body up and started doing a couple dry runs with the clamps to have a plan of attack. The glue starts to set up in about five minutes so just putting on the clamps takes pretty much that amount of time. I sure don't think I would do this without a second person. Certain areas we installed with a drill metal pin's to speed lining it up. This old thing was a total write off when I started. So the top fits about 97%. So it will never be perfect but it will sing again and that's what it's for. And besides this is a rat rod. We had a little time to start the repair on the dovetail. Hopefully we can hook up next Sunday and keep the ball rolling cause I'm getting excited. Had our usual burger cruise of course. I love hanging out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    So it will never be perfect but it will sing again and that's what it's for.
    That's more than good enough...
    I've been a pilgrim on this earth, since the day of my birth, I'm a long way from my home.

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