An import 335 style semi-hollow in for some setup tweaks. Mediocre fretwork is often par for the course on imports with uneven frets and sharp ends. We decided to tap down the high frets and dress the ends to improve fretting up the neck. The player uses this guitar for chord-melody style (ie Joe Pass) and strings it with flats
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A noisy pickup was found to be the cause of a loud buzz / hum while playing unless the tone was rolled completely down. The pickup was both screwed and glued to the pickguard, so heat was required to remove the pickup. The player chose to replace the Kent Armstrong pickup with a Bartolini 5J. Unfortunately, Bartolini only offers a fingerboard mount so I needed to make a custom pickguard mounting bracket out of brass.
The fret ends were sharp in the cutaway so they were dressed and the guitar strung up with flats.
Light fret dress :: 2006 Mirabella 17" [5.8 lbs]
I had a rare opportunity this week to have a beautiful 17" Cris Mirabella archtop in the shop for a minor fret level on the upper frets. The player has it set up with super-low action and it plays amazingly clean. I shot a video with this guitar to practice my video setup and workflow that I will be posting over on the blog soon.
Yet another guitar that I wish could have hung around the shop longer ... it will be missed!
1997 J Triggs Archtop [6.6 lbs] :: while-you-wait setup
This archtop dropped by the shop this afternoon for a quick setup. I wish I could have spent a little more time with this one. Beauty of a guitar.