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Apr 6, 2020 - 7:57:31 AM

MC5C

Canada

242 posts since 4/22/2015

Who has instruments where the coverplate isn't on quite square to the centerline of the guitar? My 1935 Dobro has the coverplate rotated about 1/4" counterclockwise, and my Gold Tone Beard has the coverplate rotated around 1/4" clockwise. Weird?

Apr 6, 2020 - 10:06:43 AM
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jacknj

USA

192 posts since 2/6/2009

Weird, perhaps. Could just be lack of quality control during installation. Another reason may be that the original screw holes had become stripped from removing and reinstalling the coverplate over the years, and instead of filling in the holes and with wood and re-seating the screws, they just rotated the coverplate to install the screws in a new position.

Apr 6, 2020 - 11:32:16 AM

MC5C

Canada

242 posts since 4/22/2015

Hey Jack. One is a Goldtone PBS, and the other is an original 1935 Dobro. Never had the GT's cover off, and I was the first person to remove the Dobro's cover. Both completely original! Screw holes in pristine condition!

Apr 6, 2020 - 12:25:52 PM

jacknj

USA

192 posts since 2/6/2009

Guess it was a quality control issue.

Apr 6, 2020 - 12:45:07 PM

1047 posts since 9/29/2009

Had an OMI with the coverplate slightly rotated, but there were other issues with that guitar as well. Recall one reso luthier commenting that he got started building resos after looking inside an OMI and thinking, "I can do better than this".

Apr 6, 2020 - 2:06:02 PM

jacknj

USA

192 posts since 2/6/2009

Yes, the OMI Dobros had some issues. I build resos and Weissenborn style guitars and always strive to achieve quality of details, both seen and unseen.

Apr 7, 2020 - 12:41:18 PM

1047 posts since 9/29/2009

My guess is that you have a fixture or at least some sort of alignment procedure for coverplate installation, rather than each one by calibrated eyeball.

Edited by - SamCy on 04/07/2020 12:45:46

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