This guitar belonged to my wife’s late grandfather. Over the years it had fallen into disrepair. When we received it was missing the strings and bridge, and had a severely damaged nut. The neck was also extremely loose; so much so that I was able to detach it from the body with minimal effort.
The guitar had no labels indicating the brand inside the body or on the headstock. After the dust was cleaned off, I noticed some faint glue residue on the headstock in the shape of a stylized “K” as in Kay Guitars. From my research the guitar is either from the late 1940s or possibly the early 1950s.
The first step was to clean up the guitar. The outside and inside were dusted and vacuumed. Some oil and an old toothbrush cleaned up the fretboard.
The beautiful rosewood shined after the residue from years of use was removed. The broken plastic nut was replaced with a bone nut.
The dovetail joint between the neck and the body came apart with minimal effort. The joint was cleaned and then reglued.
The homemade endpin was replaced with a new snakewood endpin. We’ll hang onto the old endpin because of the family connection.
A new Tune-o-matic bridge was placed on the soundboard. Although it isn’t period correct, I wanted the extra adjustments it offered. Because it isn’t glued on, it would be an easy thing to swap out in future, if desired.
It was equipped with its original Kluson brand tuners. They were removed, cleaned up, and reinstalled.
This guitar is now playable! It is very loud and has a great sound.
The bumps and bruises on the finish remain as a testament to the years it has seen. This guitar was well used and well loved. It can now be enjoyed by current and future generations.