This is what my
hobby is all about - finding lovely old guitars,
bringing them back to life and allowing them play at their
To find a
completely unmolested acoustic President had been an
ambition for years. I had seen
several acoustics with various holes drilled in the neck
or body to fit pickups but this was just as it left the
factory! Just like my first
Hofner but with a truss rod.
It had clearly spent
most of its life in someone's loft. There was
very little evidence of play time but it was covered in
mould, dust, dirt and ......... sporting Nylon strings!!!!
After many hours of gentle
cleaning and polishing, and restoring the chipped Bridge,
it looks just like new! Just a
little more effort now enables it to play better than when
it was new.
Now I would love to be
able to play it amplified but I don't want to loose it's
integrity. No screw holes from me!!
I think I will make a hand carved pickguard with a mounted
pickup so that the whole unit can be added or removed using
only the original pickguard mounting points.