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(@dogbite)
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I needed to raise the bridge on my trusty Rickenbacher Model 59 lap steel. it is a hollow metal bodied guitar. it was suggested to me to lower the pickup, a horseshoe magnet type. This isn't possible as the p.u. is firmly mounted and non-adjustable, as you can see by the picture.also in the picture is the newspaper stuffing.
at the time of manufacture the maker stuffs the inside for sonic performance reasons; they tend to grab that day's newspaper. on another forum, it is said to be a reliable method of dating this style guitar.
the newspaper is old and yellow and quite brittle, but I coaxed out a piece and it reads.....
October 11, 1938.
this lap steel plays and sounds fantastic. I hope I do as well when I am 75 years old.

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(@big-lar)
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That is really cool. It is like a time capsule.


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(@dogbite)
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I should put something in there. this instrument is going to out live me.

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(@big-lar)
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I recommend a gig flyer. Just make sure it is something with a date on it!


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(@noteboat)
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Gotcha beat by 50 years... this is on my workbench right now - it's an 1888 mandolute! .html?sort=3&o=0

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(@dogbite)
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that is really old....does it play....mine does :P

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It will soon. It needs a new bridge, some cracks repaired, the pickguard replaced, and a split in the tailpiece soldered. It's in surpringly good shape for its age and poor storage (in an unheated attic for 60 years). I'm also working on an Oscar Schmidt trichordia that dates to about 1930 from the same attic :)

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It will soon. It needs a new bridge, some cracks repaired, the pickguard replaced, and a split in the tailpiece soldered. It's in surpringly good shape for its age and poor storage (in an unheated attic for 60 years). I'm also working on an Oscar Schmidt trichordia that dates to about 1930 from the same attic :)

Thats great. there is just something about taking something broken down, and useless, and putting some effort into getting it up and working agean.

Paul B


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Thats great. there is just something about taking something broken down, and useless, and putting some effort into getting it up and working agean.

that is the exact approach I take with my self each morning. I am old too.

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Thats great. there is just something about taking something broken down, and useless, and putting some effort into getting it up and working agean.

that is the exact approach I take with my self each morning. I am old too.
MAN you got that right!!!!!!!! Some days need more work then others also!!

Paul B


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