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Sep 21, 2020 - 4:03:15 AM
3 posts since 8/15/2020

I recently found this all original beauty on CL. It had been stored for many years. I picked it up in Fredonia NY and immediately bought it to Jake Wildwood in Rochester VT.

This was my first visit to Jake's shop and was totally surprised when he brought it straight into the back and got right on it. I was able to sit, watch, learn, visit and photograph for almost 3 hours as he dismantled, reassembled and set it up.

The resulting instrument has that classic look and sound.

Sorry, the pictures in flickr are not in order. But, you will get the idea. For those of you who have not seen the insides of a spider cone resonator guitar, hopefully, you will enjoy some of this.

Old Kraftsman 1936

Before by me.

After by Jake with his description.

This is my 2nd resonator and got truly lucky on this one! The other is a Supro Collegian which I purchased on Ebay. It can be found in Jake's blog or I can provide the link upon request.

Jake actually did a quick comparison of the two. Which can be seen in the flickr videos.

This is my first post, Sorry if it's
in the wrong place.

Sep 21, 2020 - 4:29:46 AM

Tom Jr.


526 posts since 7/28/2008

Great pictures. It is neat to see the innards and the steps one takes to work over an instrument. The pile of blocking/wedges in the center of the hole seem unusual, though I've not seen inside too many that are built like that.

Sep 21, 2020 - 6:06:26 AM

3 posts since 8/15/2020

Jake thought that it had not been apart before. The square wedge that was over the neck joint flexed the top. So he replaced it with two rectangular on each side. In effect separating the neck from the top creating more sound. I think.

Sep 22, 2020 - 5:21:28 AM

53 posts since 6/10/2011

Jake is a treasure. I’m in Burlington where are you?

Sep 22, 2020 - 5:45:11 AM

3 posts since 8/15/2020

We are from Oregon, stopped in at Jake's on our way to New Jersey to visit our grandson.

Picked up a few instruments at Jakes and along the way. Including two resonators. Luckily, I left a few. As the van is getting full.

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