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Buck's Guitar Modifications, an old hippie, musician and technician.

Having started playing guitar over 40 years ago, I found it incredible that by just tinkering, you can open up an entire new world.

Got a challenge, got a question, feel free to contact me.

Danelectro 12 String Guitar

Most often when you think of Danelectro you think pedals and effects or you think of the Danelectro 1956 Single Cutaway w/ Bottle Headstock Electric Guitar

At least that’s what my wife tells me!

She, my wife and some friends bought me a Danelectro 12 String for my 50th Birthday, it is a very cool guitar indeed.  A very fast thin neck, easy to play and it has great pickups.

I marvel at the fore thought of it’s design.  At first look, you would think the neck would snap off the body, being as thing as it is.  You couldn’t be more wrong, if  “Wish You Where Here” is a favorite song of yours, (mine!) this guitar is for you. A great guitar for recapturing your youth.

I have played several 12 string guitars, this one plays like butter, it makes you appreciate the time & effort older guitarists went through to create their music.

I know this article isn’t very technical, (wood, hardware, etc) but it’s more about the personal feel and the spirit of music, and for me, this guitar delivers..

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I’m Back


Just got done throwing 3000 plus comments in the trash

Silly me, I thought  Bucks Guitar Modification was a subtle hint about what my site was about!!

I don’t want my prostate milked, Hear from Satan nor do I speak Russian

Let me refresh the English speaking  world what my site is about ” Guitar Repair” plain and simple.  I don’t care if you want to show me private parts or be your love monkey!!

Listen to “Madness” by the James Gang (ya I know it’s not Joe Walsh) That’s where I’m coming from…

Enough ranting and raving

Started a new Guitar for Lovely Wife, you know the one that endures all my insanity

It’s a Grizzly kit, Heirloom Curly Maple Strat kit. I must admit the Heirloom kit is a definite upgrade from the basic strat kit

I had to work less Buck Magic on this kit, than the first Tele kit!!!! Sorry Grizzly

Pic’s and commentary to follow,  I promise.

Ovation Acoustic Guitar

Ovation Gold Tuner

This blog warms my heart, as should it yours (the reader) too

It’s about regaining faith in people.

My friend Ed had an Ovation Celebrity Deluxe # CS257 Acoustic Guitar on which one of the tuners (that thing the strings tighten on, you’ll understand the reference later!)
had broken on the shaft, I thought this was a very strange break only to find it’s common from my friend at Dr. Wood’s Guitar Emporium in Fox River Grove, Illinois.

He wasn’t an Ovation Dealer but had a used tuner, but it was the wrong side.  Just my luck, he gave me a phone number to call, KMC music, I call KMC and spoke with very nice people in the accessories department, they (hell, I forget their names – I apologize) who informed me that I had to call an Ovation Dealer, they said my closed dealer would be Guitar Center.  Knowing that Ed said he got the guitar in Arlington Heights, I put two and two together and phoned in.  I am thinking great, big chain store, no pr, just sell, sell, sell.

I spoke with Matt in the accessories department, and to my surprise, very nice, very helpful.  I told him I need a gold tuner for an Ovation Celebrity, he said, let me call you right back, I’ll check on it.. yeah.. right I thought to myself.  To my surprise, there are alot of surprises in this story, within 10 minutes the phone rang, and it was Matt, he said they don’t make a gold guitar tuner for that model.  I said, well that’s strange I have six of them on the guitar, he said.. OH.. that kind of tuner ! I guess I didn’t relay the right information.  I’ll call you right back he said, I thought, this is where Matt get’s tired of me and doesn’t call back, well 15 minutes later, sure as shinola, he said I have good news for you, I thought here it comes, I talked to KMC the same company that Matt probably just talked to, and KMC told me the price of the part, and I thought, here comes the mark up.  Matt said, it’s no charge, and I ordered it for you, it will be here in a week.  Just come and pick it up!

My brain froze, did I hear this right, and he said yeap, it’s all taken care of, it’s in my name, just come to the store after I call you and tell you it’s in.  Matt called the following week, left a message on my machine, I went to Guitar Center a few days later after work, in rush hour and I hate rush hour.  Went in the store, greeted by a nice young lady, explained why I was there and she sent me to the right department, but Matt wasn’t there.  I thought here we go, wasted trip, yet another nice staffer said he’d check it and disappeared.  I wandered around the store like a kid in a candy store, encountering several nice employees, twenty minutes passed and the person found my order walked me to the front door, explaining to the security guy why I was leaving with a mail pouch.

All I can say it was a gratifying experience at Guitar Center, everyone I encountered was very helpful and nice.  Matt – Thank you!

Now back to my original point, I was pleasantly surprised how easy this part was to get.  (which I thought would be a pain in the ass to get)

Thank you too to Buddy at Dr. Woods, the people at KMC, and Matt, plus the entire staff at Guitar Center in Arlington Heights that helped me out.  All you guys made a new found believer out of a doubting Thomas, and showed true customer service.   You made my customer very happy, who thinks I am a guitar repair god (just kidding Ed)

P.S. All of the people mentioned can thank my lovely wife – Susie – Soul-to-Soul.com who’s holding a rolling pin over my head as I write this because she knows I am an ASS – Anti Social Son of a Gun

Good Night Mrs.Calabash – (figure that out, it’s a famous quote).

Epiphone Dot Mods

Connect the Dot’s, Well I’m back at it again.  Could’nt leave well enough alone.

I’m referring to my Epiphone Dot (made in china) the one I put Seymour Duncan “Seth Lover” pick ups on.  I was bored and decided it needed a fret job, a new nut etc. etc.

After knocking the old nut out literally ( hammer and a block of wood ) Of course I used my X-acto knife to score the paint- got a chip anyway ( just clear coat ).  With the nut removed I started the fret job, I straightened the neck with the truss rod and started filing.  (had a little fret buzzing going on in the upper registers), my fault I don’t play in this area very much.

The first five fret’s had grooves, no, I mean ruts – I had to file out.  After leveling I used my crowning file to crown the frets.  Now I moved back onto the nut, I was going to install a trem style nut – you know those high tech super low friction babies.  After pre-fitting and looking at it, and pre-fitting again I decided to put the original one back in.

I did a cardinal no-no, I didn’t re-bow the neck with the truss rod, I put strings on it and like the way it played, so I left it that way..

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