YOU GUYS ASKED AND I LISTENED. RUBBER BRIDGES ARE HERE!
For sale here is the classic parlor guitar: a Stella. This one was made in the early to mid 1970s, and it is in astounding players condition — the action is remarkably low for a guitar of this age.
If you follow my shop at all, you know I have been making the electrified parlors for a while. A couple of months ago, I got repeated (and I mean REPEATED) asks for set ups with rubber bridges. At first I was like “wtf, how would anyone do that.” After some careful research and development, I finally cracked that nut! I now have rubber bridges of my own design — you can hear a sample on my Instagram on the post about this guitar. @jacksguitarcheology
SIDE NOTE: Contact me if you are looking to just buy a rubber bridge. I am working out tailor made bridges.
The goldfoil addition is a little pet project of mine, I have made probably over a hundred of these at this point. I found these goldfoil pickups online and have been adding them to parlor guitars that still play great. The goldfoil simply clip mounts in the sound hole, and then I added a jack plate on the bottom and wired in a simple volume control. I have been controlling the tone of mine with my pedal board, but they sound pretty good unaffected. Very clear and shimmery. I have sold many of these things, and I keep making them because people seem to love them!
Other than that, all I had to do was reseal the neck joint, shine it up, set the action and change the strings. The tone is wonderfully full and the action is, again, insanely low for a guitar of this age. Plays really comfortably. I really can’t think of a single issue or downside. This is a fun example of my electrified parlor — really digging the rubber bridge sound!
As always I oiled the board, changed the strings, polished the finish and tweaked the set up. This guitar is proudly strung with Stringjoy Custom Guitar Strings, made right here in Nashville, TN. These old girls were not meant to handle large amounts of string tension, so getting light gauge strings on your first string change is CRUCIAL. I recommend .10-.50.
As with all of my pre-1980 acoustic guitars without adjustable truss rods, this guitar is being sold “as is” regardless of condition. (See my shop policies for more information.) Comes with an original chipboard case, and I pack my guitars up tight and insure every package for the full purchase amount.
I am now also including a standard wooden bridge with all my high end rubber bridge parlors, so this guitar can be set up with or without the rubber bridge. Just loosen the strings and change them out.
Got questions? Shoot me a message, I love nerding out with other gearheads!