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vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Cameron Park ,CANew DiMaruro, Paris swing, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
I always Detune my old Dimauro when I’m not playing it. No one ever told me to do that, just seems with a guitar that old, to be a good idea . Is it necessary at all?
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  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 2,692
    I've never heard of having to do that Van but I don't have very old guitars. Humidity (or lack thereof) and heat (or very cold) are killers but unless there is some structural problem I would think that cycling the string tension like that would just cause fatigue on the strings themselves.
    vanmalmsteen
  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Cameron Park ,CANew DiMaruro, Paris swing, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
    Posts: 126
    The whole thing with no truss rod makes me uncertain.lol
    Thanks bones , I feel Better now
  • Pompe_ojisanPompe_ojisan Tokyo✭✭ Le Voi '11
    Posts: 35
    I was strongly advised by several luthiers to detune older archtops to mitigate sinking of the top.

    From this I would speculate that this is much less of an issue for a selmac with bent or forced top (as opposed to carved top), and that the repeated cycles of adding / removing load would offset the benefits.

    It would be great to hear from the forum's builders to get a properly informed opinion. I have always been curious about this, and never managed to get a clear answer somehow.
  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 2,692
    Van, how does the top look from the side? Not sinking down by the neck/soundhole?
  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Cameron Park ,CANew DiMaruro, Paris swing, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
    Posts: 126
    The top looks really good but when I purchased the guitar the neck was bowed quite a bit, but the slab of fretboard was amazingly thick so I just had a good Luthier plane it out straight and re-fret . So there you have it, that’s the reason for my paranoia, when I asked the guy he said that it probably bowed all it was going to bow and would more than likely remain stable
  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 2,692
    That bow probably occurred sometime(s) if it got overheated with the strings under tension. Keep it nicely at room temp or thereabouts. Also good to store it in case but not near an exterior wall especially one that faces the sun in summer. A lot of heat can come thru the wall depending on insulation. Best place is in a closet that doesn't have an exterior wall.
  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Cameron Park ,CANew DiMaruro, Paris swing, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
    edited March 30 Posts: 126
    Wow you really called that bones , because the Luthier pointed out to me where the neck joint had slid up just a hair. He explained that those old glues they used, well if it gets hot can get soft and the neck joint have moved a tiny bit . So there you go
    Thanks for that, yeah I will definitely take it off the wall and put it in a case. I thought I remembered someone saying hanging it is the best for keeping the neck true . I’ve been playing it quite a bit lately so I’ll just leave it tuned up
  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 2,692
    Yes any adhesive will soften if heated. Room temp and 50%RH and u r good to go. If it's a valuable and/or instrument that you are attached to keep it in a hard case and invest in a case humidifier and hygrometer.
  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Cameron Park ,CANew DiMaruro, Paris swing, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
    Posts: 126
    That’s my baby, I feel like the bridge is unique? I’ve never seen one like that
  • Chris MartinChris Martin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Petrarca, Catelluccia, Bucolo, Martino, Hofner, Hoyer, Burns
    Posts: 415
    Nice old Di Mauro Boogie Woogie. They are quite light weight and have a lively sound. I had one similar a few years ago and from many I have seen they usually had a plain wood bridge with no moustaches (although many have had them added) and no other decoration. It was more common for Italian made guitars to have those little inlays on the bridge, I have a Bucolo with the same, and I wonder if that one is possibly not the original but was a replacement sometime back in history. If you search Google images, or even back through the Di Mauros Michael has sold on here you will see what they usually look like. Having said all that, I have read much where it was common for Di Mauro, Jacobacci and probably others in the circle of Paris based Italian luthiers to use each other's parts to get guitars out the door to fill an order, and it was known that Di Mauro was friends with Carmelo Catania who continued making guitars in the Italian style. No matter anyway, still a great guitar. Nice.
    vanmalmsteen
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