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Jan 22, 2020 - 6:15:58 AM
4 posts since 11/16/2013

I have a cut n shut instrument. Vintage (make) body (tri cone) with very nice top end cones. Unfortunately the neck was bent so I swapped it for an old bakelite neck. While I love the look I have subsequently found that they snap easily. I have light strings on it which has taken away from the tone. Do I risk heavier strings?

Jan 22, 2020 - 12:50:58 PM

3299 posts since 7/27/2008

I would risk the heavier strings. As a "cut n shut" guitar or sort of a Frankenstein project, without knowing more about the guitar it  probably isn't worth a whole lot in its current state. 

Vintage (make) - I've never heard of it. Perhaps it is an Asian import brand available in the UK and we don't see those here in the US?

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:30:36 PM

243 posts since 9/24/2014

I'm picturing a newer import Tricone with a vintage bakelite neck???

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:55:29 AM

1286 posts since 8/4/2008

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Vintage (make) - I've never heard of it. Perhaps it is an Asian import brand available in the UK and we don't see those here in the US?


I believe it was a UK based label for a series of Asian made guitars.  There is a Vintage guitar label in the US, but they don't have resonator guitars and I'm not sure if they're related to the UK Vintage label.

As you can imagine, it's hard to find something about a brand name that's also used to describe old guitars.

Edited by - Brad Bechtel on 01/23/2020 09:56:28

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:57:53 AM

1286 posts since 8/4/2008

And I would definitely consider heavier strings, depending on what string gauges you're using currently and what tuning you're using. When your strings break, are they breaking at the nut or the bridge (or somewhere else)? It could be something is snagging on the string.

Edited by - Brad Bechtel on 01/23/2020 09:58:29

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:04:41 AM

4 posts since 11/16/2013

The problem is not with the guitar body....it actually sounds great with the upgraded cones...it’s the neck. Apparently the guy who started National Guitars (can’t remember his name) bought shares in the fledgling Bakelite company and decided to try the product on his guitar necks but soon found that Bakelite was not strong enough to sustain the tension. I somehow got hold of a neck and fitted it before finding out the story. Was hoping to find someone who also had one of these necks. Will try and post a pic...it looks great but I have light strings on it an tune to open D to keep the tension down

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:14:19 AM

307 posts since 9/9/2016

What is " Cut 'n Shut " ?

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:25:24 AM

4 posts since 11/16/2013

Sorry...can’t remember the proper term....bits of different instruments put together....it’s borrowed from the auto industry when you put two different cars together

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