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"No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer

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clrules
Posted 2021-07-22 12:46 PM (#555899 - in reply to #555898)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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i agree! 

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clrules
Posted 2021-07-22 12:48 PM (#555900 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: RE: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Ive found similar great looking wood under Breadwinner finishes.

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seesquare
Posted 2021-07-22 2:35 PM (#555901 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Thanks, but…….
I have about 4 coats of clear on it, rubbed out, and scratch removed. I’m calling that good, for now. Rehabbing the piezoelectric pickup circuit, and fitting the saddle.
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arumako
Posted 2021-07-22 7:32 PM (#555904 - in reply to #555901)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer



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Thanks for sharing seesquare!
It's so great to see one of the BFLG Founders along with MWoody back at work! Would've jumped on this under different circumstances, but Standingovation's generosity is certainly going to benefit in seesquare's hands! Any chance of final pics and a video?
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seesquare
Posted 2021-07-23 6:52 AM (#555906 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Thanks Arumako! Working through the bugs with the electronics, setting up the action, and still need to affix the rosette. Additional photos forthcoming. As for videos, probably not.
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seesquare
Posted 2021-07-23 12:51 PM (#555907 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Drat, I'm getting a Fishman. A bit of minor surgery involved, but a significant upgrade from the current passive arrangement. And, it has an onboard tuner, since I possess inadequate precision in tonal discrimination. Stay tuned (snare drum roll).
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seesquare
Posted 2021-07-25 3:50 PM (#555910 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: RE: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Okay, so this is mostly the finished project. I will install the Fishman, when it arrives next week.
Ain' perfect, but is a decided improvement. Shucked the oyster, and got a nice pearl, I'm thinkin'!
It does play nicely, & has good voice, even with the lightweight Ernie Ball strings.
So, my plan is, don't buy a case, keep it on the guitar stand, and play the s**t outta the critter!



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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2021-07-25 4:22 PM (#555911 - in reply to #555841)
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Really, really, nice.

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standing
Posted 2021-07-25 5:15 PM (#555912 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer



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Wow, that’s quite an improvement! Good job!
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Standingovation
Posted 2021-07-25 8:10 PM (#555913 - in reply to #555841)
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That's an amazing resurrection. CONGRATS
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MWoody
Posted 2021-07-25 8:40 PM (#555914 - in reply to #555841)
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Nice!
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seesquare
Posted 2021-07-26 7:06 AM (#555915 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: RE: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Gentlemen, thanks for the accolades! Dave, thanks again for providing me many hours of pleasure, in refurbishing the instrument. Now, I understand why you bought the guitar, just for the rosette. And Michael, that's one of your TRC's on the peghead, for full disclosure.
So, "Merle" stands ready to challenge my determination, and dexterity. Right next to the tennis racquet stringer, so there is some competition here.

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Love O Fair
Posted 2021-07-26 7:08 AM (#555916 - in reply to #555841)
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It has been fun to watch it come together and I am glad to know that it sounds good. Congratulations on a fine job!
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seesquare
Posted 2021-07-26 7:21 AM (#555917 - in reply to #555841)
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Thanks, LOF. You can't easily replace 47-plus years of aging for tone, though Dan Savage has, ostensibly, the expertise & alchemy, with the autoclaved tops. I was very fortunate to have an instrument, to begin with, that had intact structure & integrity.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2021-07-26 1:12 PM (#555918 - in reply to #555841)
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Very cool. All my guitars (almost) are out, ready to be played. So hopefully you'll play the dickens out of this guitar. Even Witko's rejects are cool (or have the potential for coolness)......
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seesquare
Posted 2021-07-26 5:42 PM (#555921 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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And, that's why retail markets put the gum, gadgets, & magazines by the checkstand. Ready access & "gotta have that". Once your fingers are around it, you're done.
"Rejects" are dependent on who's holding the yardstick, & need a home. Weeds are just unappreciated. I'm cool with that.
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arumako
Posted 2021-08-01 8:36 AM (#555963 - in reply to #555921)
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seesquare - 2021-07-26 7:42 AM

And, that's why retail markets put the gum, gadgets, & magazines by the checkstand. Ready access & "gotta have that". Once your fingers are around it, you're done.
"Rejects" are dependent on who's holding the yardstick, & need a home. Weeds are just unappreciated. I'm cool with that.


Great restoration seesquare! The rosette and overall color scheme really go nicely. With the basic instrument geometry intact and by salvaging the old vintage top, you've pretty much guaranteed the instrument will have that "special O voice". Did your Fishman arrive? Sure would like to hear your thoughts on the O and Fishman combination! Thanks for sharing!

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seesquare
Posted 2021-08-01 2:42 PM (#555970 - in reply to #555841)
Subject: RE: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Ken, it is simply wonderful! The Fishman fits nicely, does a great job with tuning, & the sound & signal controls are amazing. The gestalt of the scenario is truly awesome. I'm reaching for the critter a lot more than my other gitfiddles, thus far. Guess it's because I am infatuated. Go figure. Spent a good portion of 3 weeks getting the project completed, so I need to work out any bugs that might emerge from the woodwork, so-to-speak.



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Love O Fair
Posted 2021-08-01 5:48 PM (#555971 - in reply to #555841)
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Nice fit on the Fish, man.
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DanSavage
Posted 2021-08-01 6:45 PM (#555972 - in reply to #555971)
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Nicely done.

Another Ovation saved from the trash heap is always a good thing.
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seesquare
Posted 2021-08-02 8:49 AM (#555975 - in reply to #555841)
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Amen, Brother Dan! It will be gratifying to play this instrument, knowing it might have been on the precipice, without Dave rescuing it from an ugly demise. It seems to be responding admirably to our collective efforts, too! Carpe diem.
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MWoody
Posted 2021-08-02 3:32 PM (#555976 - in reply to #555841)
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Beautiful!
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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2021-08-18 7:29 PM (#556017 - in reply to #555841)
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seesquare
Posted 2021-08-22 10:58 AM (#556025 - in reply to #556017)
Subject: Re: "No good deed goes unpunished"- Refurbishment of 1111-6 Balladeer


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Thanks, Guys!
The instrument seems to be playing well, with good power & tone, and comfort, with light-gauge strings. So, I will continue to pester this set, & maybe put mediums on next time. The tuner feature on the Fishman is the best thing since sliced bread. I ain't got perfect pitch (or ear), by any means! Building "muscle memory" for fingerpicking, at my level of chronicity, is definitely a challenge. Practice makes "better", certainly not "perfect".
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Love O Fair
Posted 2021-08-22 11:01 PM (#556026 - in reply to #555841)
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>>>Practice makes "better",<<<

I need to write that down and keep it with me.
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