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May 16, 2011


James Falco

As a kid, I used to come across parts like these. I thought they'd be available forever.
Now I'm desperately looking for old parts and gear.
Things from that era (50's-60's) seemed to last forever, and sound better.
They just went out of fashion for a while, and systematically, thrown away.
Now, they're in demand again, but hard to find.
Representing a time when workmanship, pride and American ingenuity made USA products the most desireable in the world.

Robert Callahan

Jol, maybe you could go into a little more detail on how you massage these crusty old parts into shape for reassignment in your guitars. I've collected some similar relics for much the same kind of use, but I have no experience with the actual work. Lack of basic tooling and illness have left my projects trapped in the planning stage. My trials and errors with recovered parts and weighty billets stand to be refined still more as I pore over your beautiful notes on your creative process.

Getting this work done in a Providence apartment presents me with another hurdle; I admire much your woodland shop. Your many appreciations of your workspace and resources inspire and educate me. Thanks for all the detail and digression and direction.


This is why I look at this blog EVERY day! Jol, I know you were the first man to disassemble the Peter Green Les Paul, many years ago. Can you share with us the story details and your opinion on what gave that legendary guitar it's sound? What great secrets did you learn from that experience?

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