NGD (new to me at least)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by [RGMW]largie, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. [RGMW]largie

    [RGMW]largie New Member

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    I went up to the in-laws over the weekend and they had a very shabby no name acoustic. Not been played in 30+ years, covered in dirt, paint splashes etc.
    They were glad to see the back of it so I brought it home.....Turns out there's a paper label inside and it's a 1974, made in Japan "Sigma by C.F. Martin" cs-6 . I spent 4+ hours cleaning it, oiling the fretboard etc, fitted some new strings and Wow, what a tone monster :-) ! Plays beautiful, sounds great. A very lucky find !
    Dave
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    congratulations! A '74 Sigma might be very well made.
    You'll have to remember our motto...

    PICTURES, OR IT NEVER HAPPENED

    I suggest you take this tone monster to the best luthier you
    can find or afford, and get it set up. The luthier will look
    at the neck, the frets, the nut and the bridge to make sure they are
    all ok and can be intonated and set with a good action. Then he will look
    inside and fix cracks, loose braces bridge plate damage, rising top, and other problems that neglected acoustic guitars are prone to. Some of that kind of damage doesn't show until it's very late.

    If the wood is sound and the neck can be made straight,
    it's likely to be worth spending some money to save.
    I don't know how much one of those might be worth, but
    in this case the main value of the instrument might be in
    the music it can make.

    So since the purchase price was low *grins
    you can now afford to put this instrument right.
    The reward will be the music IMHO, and THAT
    is priceless.
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  3. [RGMW]largie

    [RGMW]largie New Member

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    Cheers Col.
    I've already had the priceless result :-). My missus has claimed it as her own (replacing her Yamaha acoustic) and it's rekindled her interest so she's spent all weekend re-learning some Oasis songs (she's from Manchester) :-) Been brilliant to see her enthused about music again ! Financial value is only about £150 tops but it's a keeper anyway.
    I'll sort out some pictures when I finally get a photobucket account sorted when I do a proper introduction post !
    Dave
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Nice score! Happy NGD to ya! :smile:
     
  5. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Put washers Under the nuts if you don' t want a bad surprise ...

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