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Selmer 520 restoration pictures

A while ago Selmer 520 sold on this site. I just found some before-and-after restoration pictures which include construction details. Since this guitar has solid mahogany back and sides it's a bit unusual. Click on the Selmer link for an overview. ... ameset.htm

The english loads really slow, so Before pics are at: ... index.html

After pics at: ... index.html

This is really fascinating. I hope you enjoy it. cheers


  • redbluesredblues ✭✭
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    Solid mahogony back and sides..on a Selmer?
  • HotTinRoofHotTinRoof Florida✭✭✭
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  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,664
    redblues wrote:
    Solid mahogony back and sides..on a Selmer?
    According to the R.F. Charle Selmer history, "The few guitars with mahogany bodies, notably the series of instruments manufactured in 1946-1947, have three-ply bodies, with poplar between two sheets of mahogany."

    But then he says, "A few guitars, that cannot be classified, have bodies made of solid rosewood or of solid mahogany, like the harp guitars."

    I have no idea what he means by "cannot be classified" or whether it might apply to this guitar or not.

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • ShawnShawn Boise, Idaho✭✭✭✭
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    Quite interesting to see what this guitar went through before Michael sold it, and major cudos to the luthier who repaired it...what a nightmare it was beforehand. Leo Eimers website has one Selmer he repaired that looked like it was in a car crash; literally in a million pieces, and it just does my head in to think how much patience it takes to repair such guitars.

    Here is the link to the original when it was for sale here:
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