Well, I had my brief hiatus from guitar repair work while I worked on the Vibro Champ. Now it's back to guitars.
I'm taking a tenor guitar class in August, and I need a tenor guitar to play in class! So this is another excuse (not that I need one) to snag another
orphan cool guitar.
The inside is also dirty - I have an idea for cleaning that up as well.
Look at that ambery-orange finish. Yummy. I want to eat it.
The O-18T was the first Martin to use what we now call the "belly" bridge - with the graceful curve behind the bridge pins. You can see marks where the original curve was - I marked it in the photo. It looks like finish was put over it, but there is still a faint mark. I'd guess this was done decades ago and the then-new finish has faded and is actually a nice match with the original finish. Too bad they hacked up the top (see the left side of the bridge especially) in getting the original bridge off.
To be honest, if the bridge wasn't quite so amateurish looking (look who's talking), I'd leave it. But I want to restore it back to the original look as much as I can, so I'm replacing it.
The old pickguard also looks bad - I'm not 100% sure it's the original, but I suspect it is. It definately is the right shape and color. However, there are some ugly glue marks on it, so I'll replace that as well.
I did inadvertently pull up a couple slivers of spruce, but they can be glued right back down.
The early 1930s Martins had a browish tortoise swirl pickguard. This one sure looks original, although it has some chipping around the edges. I hate to replace it, but it's SO ugly. Those yellow streaks look awful.
Not too much of the top came with it, which is A Good Thing.
Looks like some old glue stayed on the top - I'll scrape all of this flat and clean.
I grabbed the first piece of plastic that was handy, and it turned out to have some of those Stew-Mac superglue 'whips' in it! Funny! It works just fine though.
In any event, I just ordered a K&K pickup for the guitar. I wouldn't ream out a hole in a vintage piece for a new pickup, but since the hole is there already, I figure I'll put a pickup in in and just put a jack in the hole and make good use of it.