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A linked list of rescue projects

It always makes me a little sad when I see a musical instrument die. I feel like all the years of anticipation, insecurity, practice, failure, success and the joy of making a joyful noise are lost a little bit when in instrument dies. So whenever I see something that looks like it was once loved, and could be loved again, part of me just wants to come to the rescue.

Fender DG 60 - Rescued from Wimpy's Pawn Shop

I think this must have been a demo instrument somewhere, but it ended up in a pawn shop in Azusa, CA, and I just felt like it deserved something better. I refretted it, but in a piezo pickup and pre-amp, and polished it up nice. Sold it to someone on the internet who gave it to his daughter for her birthday.

Hawaii Ukulele - Rescued from the Rose Bowl Flea Market

I found this little gem at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and at first thought it was just tourist crap. Well, technically, it sorta was, but I was intrigued enough to pick it up, and it turned out that, other than the fretboard and strings, it was a pretty well built little instrument, and had a great tap-sound on the body. At that point, I was hooked.

Ibanez Artcore AS73 - Rescued from the Rose Bowl Flea Market

This Ibanez hollow body electric is super cool, but the neck was broken off the body when I found it and all the hardware was gone. It ended up being a pretty clean separation at the joint with no real damage to the wood. So I cleaned up the joint and re-glued it, then put in all new pickups, pots, switches, tuners and such. Came out great, and I sold it to a guy in Upland who got a great deal on a beautiful guitar.