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BRW back and side set with bonus Mahogany neck?

Post by DarwinStrings » Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:36 pm

It certainly looks like BRW to me and at a risk it may ends up as a cheap set of back and sides with a new top, although tempting I won't be bidding but thought someone may be interested. Ebay

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Post by ozziebluesman » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:13 pm

I going to have a few bids on it. Thanks for the heads up Jim. I love these old guitars anyway so I will see what happens.

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Post by ozziebluesman » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:56 pm

Ok I'm in the auction so we will see what happens and I will report back later.

I reckon it will go for far more than I am prepared to pay for it.

I'm excited!

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Post by nnickusa » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:21 pm

Lacey Act stuff? Do you nreckon an old git from the US would draw attention? Be a shame to win it and have it confiscated at the border.....
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Post by DarwinStrings » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:28 pm

Good stuff Alan, I hope it is not just cleverly disguised Mahogany. Although "Washburn" was their more high end stuff they certainly made some "American Conservatory" with BRW as well. The vendor doesn't give much info either like the serial, the Washburns all had serial embossed on the top of the headstock but I am not sure about the A.C. models. Good luck.

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Post by Tod Gilding » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:46 pm

I'm afraid I'm thinking along the same lines as Nick.. Lacy Act.......Fingers Crossed :)

Also found this on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_bahDWiYKM
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Re: BRW back and side set with bonus Mahogany neck?

Post by kiwigeo » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:48 pm

Go for this one...you'll have less problems getting it out of the US

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Post by Tod Gilding » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:53 pm

It is a lovely shade of pink Marty, but I think only a propeller head geologist would play something like that :mrgreen:
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Post by ozziebluesman » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:55 pm

I have asked the ebay member a few questions. It will be interesting to hear back. I will share! If I can pick it up cheap enough then I think it is worth the risk trying to import it into Australia. I would love to have a go at restoring it even though it won't be original enough to be worth anything other than a very nice piece of history. I am a slide player too so this one may be a beauty for slide. I have an old Oahu all birch parlour from the 1940s and it always brings a smile to my face when I open the case.

An off to the side question the Oahu needs work does anyone know where I can buy some American birch and it looks like it is flat sawn?

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Post by DarwinStrings » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:29 pm

Oh well, worth a shot anyway Alan and I reckon the 250 it went for is still cheap considering the wood (maybe not considering the Lacy gamble though). It does seem they are getting higher in price though, maybe getting harder to find.

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Post by ozziebluesman » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:58 pm

Well I took the plunge on the bay at the death and won the auction. $238 aud plus $80 shipping. I know there is a risk still it may get caught up in Customs here in Oz and they may confiscate it from me too but what the hell. I will be chuffed if I may get the chance to have a go at restoring a genuine antique instrument from the 1900s.

Wish me luck cause I will need it!

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Post by nnickusa » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:19 pm

Cool, looks like you equally adept at the repair side as you are at the building end....Look forward to seeing it all tarted up.... :wink:
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Post by DarwinStrings » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:22 pm

I had that picked wrong, I had had a guess at which bidder was you and didn't think you had won it Alan. Well done. Good luck!

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Post by ozziebluesman » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:36 pm

Thanks Nick and Jim. You where spot on Jim a the ebay seller verified that it is indeed BRW back and sides. The back and side have some cracking on the bottom of the guitar according to the seller. It has to get through you know who here first and then I will plan a restoration. I will be putting plenty of time and thought into this restore if I get the chance. It is going to be so interesting to document the inside of this little fella to! Anyway, time will tell.

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Post by P Bill » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:38 pm

Good job Alan, looking forward to the resto.
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Post by Tod Gilding » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:06 pm

:cl Great Can't wait for the restoration

Is the strict check likely to be leaving the US or entering AU or both ?
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Post by ozziebluesman » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:41 pm

I don't really know Todd but I reckon if Customs here know what it is I'm in trouble. If US customs won't let it out of the country then I am sure the eBay member will refund me as there where plenty of interest in the bidding. After I won the guitar I paid him immediately and sent an email stating that it was a risk trying to import this old guitar due to Custom laws here and in the US.

I think I was just lucky to win it as I placed my bid just at the right time. I had a pre-conceived amount of $251 maximum in my head and just waited till 20 seconds from the end of the auction and placed a bid of $251 and I was very pleasantly surprised I won the auction at $238.

Anyway, lets see what unfolds as there may be some disappointment down the track.

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Post by Bob Connor » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:44 pm

I don't think there are any checks leaving the States Alan.

I'm tipping the postman will just arrive with it one day. :D

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Post by ozziebluesman » Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:09 pm

Hope your right Bob.

I mean the guitar is trashed!

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Post by Kamusur » Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:14 pm

You'll be right Alan. I reckon its sure worth a gamble, good luck with it.

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Post by Bob Connor » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:05 pm

ozziebluesman wrote:Hope your right Bob.

I mean the guitar is trashed!

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I'd be replacing the top with a nice bit of Euro spruce and replicating the purflings and rosette. A mixture of honey amber and mahogany brown stain to get it looking vintage and you'll end up with a nice little player there Alan.

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Post by ozziebluesman » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:46 am

Through research I think the tops on these where originally Adi red spruce. I don't even no if it is a ladder or x braced top! Why the Euro spruce Bob?

As you know I have another restore of a Jumbo on at the moment and I have just bought some colour tone products from Stew Mac to try and age the top of it as well. I didn't buy all colours just amber, brown walnut and red mahogany stains and I was going to mix it with shellac and tint the top that way. Anyway, more on that later this is going to be a great project and I would like to pass this one on to one of the Grand sons later on.

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Post by Bob Connor » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:39 am

Looks like it'd make a nice fingerpicker and I love Euro on fingerstyle guitars.

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Post by ozziebluesman » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:06 am

Thanks Bob, good enough reason.

I just remembered my Yamaha classical nylon string has a Euro top and it is a beautiful full tone.

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Post by woodrat » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:29 pm

Well Done Alan, I am sure you wont have any trouble....

...definitely a better bet than taking your money to the TAB....:)


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