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  1. B. Howard

    Hagstrom?

    Anybody here got the dating info for Hagstrom guitars? It's a Swede from the early 70's, batch 864. As always thanks!
  2. B. Howard

    New Gibby fingerboards and a potential problem

    Just pulled a FB from a 2019 Gibby and found something interesting that will undoubtedly be problems down the road. They have some type of RFID tracker under the FB..... see pics. Now the problem is this leaves a huge area under the first 3 frets completely unglued to the neck! About 40% loss...
  3. B. Howard

    Harley Benton?

    Anyone have hands on experience with Harley Benton guitars? I don't expect very much at these prices but I have a customer considering one of these and then swapping electronics...... https://m.thomannmusic.com/harley_benton_dc_600_vi_vintage_series.htm?o=6&search=1563644793
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    UV cured finish

    For those of you already into these finishes and those of you thinking about using them. Here is a comparison that illustrates how different these materials can be and how there is a formulation that will work for you no matter your preferences...
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    8 string Superstrat build

    I haven't done a build thread in what seems like forever and thought it was about time for one. And this build seemed like an interesting tale to tell. The request is simple enough, an 8 string Superstrat. Think early 80's Charvel and your in the zone. As has been my experience in all things...
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    UV cured finishes

    For those interested in the latest in guitar finishing and how to do it, here is my method. https://howardguitars.blogspot.com/2018/11/uv-cured-finishing-for-guitars.html
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    Gibson 340 wiring

    Anyone got a schematic for the wiring on the 340 made from 68-72? It has the following control layout: 3 way switch, 1=both p up in phase, 2 both out of phase, 3 mute Master volume, blend pot for pickups and separate bass and treble tone controls.
  8. B. Howard

    Written Music and theory

    I have been researching the beginnings of the guitar and early music played on them at the time. I am curious as to why it was decided that guitar music be represented on a single staff rather than the grand stave? And why that would have been made a sub-octave G clef instead of the F clef that...
  9. B. Howard

    Inspirational Truss covers

    Handmade truss covers from Ebony and MOP. Two designs, Cross or Om symbol. Have them to fit Taylor and Gibson ready to ship $55 each includes shipping in the con US. Need one to fit a different guitar? or a different design? I can do that too!
  10. B. Howard

    still here.....

    So, it's been awhile guys.....but I'm still here. It's been a tough 6 months but things are sorted and starting back on an upward swing. 2018 will be a year of big changes at Howard Guitars. It is with a mix of happiness, excitement and sadness that I make the following announcement. WE ARE...
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    PSA

    Some of you may have noticed I have not been around much the past month or so. Unfortunately there is a reason for this. Due to issues of health, I am forced to suspend my guitar finishing operations. I am not quitting the guitar business by any means, just scaling down to something I can...
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    Howard SCX

    Here is my latest build. A traditional design done anything but traditionally......here's the skinny. Solid mahogany and maple construction but only weighs 7 lb-10 oz strung up to play. Body weighed 5 lb- 12 oz headed into the spray booth. Thanks to my resonance coupled weight relief strategy...
  13. B. Howard

    Brian Howard Classic-50

    This is my Classic-50 model.
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    Bondo is for cars not guitars!

    Here is the story of a 59 Gibson ES125TDC that really needed some love and a lot of bondo removal...... http://howardguitars.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-bondo-cutaway-or-why-i-hate-bondo.html
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    Solutions For Common Spray Finish Problems

    Here is a link to a handy chart I made that covers solutions to most common problems encountered when spraying finish. http://howardguitars.blogspot.com/2015/ ... rt_18.html And while you're there if you haven't already, check out the rest of my blog.
  16. B. Howard

    Not your typical headstock repair.

    My project this time around is the repair of a Gibson headstock. But it is far from the usual type of repair that is typically needed. Yes the neck was broken and has been repaired but that is not our real issue here. This particular Les Paul had a locking tremolo installed on it at one point in...
  17. B. Howard

    Orville Les Paul

    This is the story of a job I recently finished. These are interesting guitars made in collaboration with Gibson. This one got a fretboard replacement and some fairly in depth finish repair. Enjoy and thanks for looking. http://howardguitars.blogspot.com/2015/03/orville-les-paul.html
  18. B. Howard

    My lateset build

    I just finished this one up yesterday. While I have built quite a few acoustic guitars in the past few years this is the first electric I have built in over 20 years. Its is a solid mahogany with a hard maple cap and no weight relief. Compound radius ebony fretboard. I custom wound the mini hums...
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    My new blog

    I have started a guitar repair and building blog. As some of you know I write various articles for print and post things in a variety of online forums. This blog is a place where all these things can be easily found. I will continue to write and post as I have and then eventually archive them...
  20. B. Howard

    A severe neck break

    Here is a Gibson with a severely broken neck. This is actually the third time this guitar has fallen and suffered a broken neck. You would think the owner would have bought a stand considering this is his favorite axe. This guitar was sent in from another shop because the severity of the damage...
  21. B. Howard

    PRS re-finish

    This is a PRS that I recently did for someone. It came a basic black Se model like you see everywhere. No mods at all. And here is how it went out with a fresh fret job, Bone nut, Bare Knuckles pickups, set up in drop C with a set of 13's and this paint job. It's done in a chameleon pearl and...
  22. B. Howard

    Jim's Les Paul

    Here is the project. It’s a Gibson Les Paul, likely from the later 70’s or so. The current owner has owned it for something like 30 years and while he hasn’t played it in a while he has a very sentimental attachment to this particular guitar. He was fully aware of its history and some of its...
  23. B. Howard

    Woodstock guitars

    These are guitars I built to exhibit at the Woodstock luthier's showcase that was held this past weekend. They are available for sale. Please contact me for pricing or with any questions. https://db.tt/aZ26sROO https://db.tt/aFDeqADz
  24. B. Howard

    A guitar is born

    String up my latest build the other day and for fun I made a little video of the guitars first musical experience. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VPnEiXvShm8
  25. B. Howard

    something I am building.

    Thought I would put up a pic for all the wood junkies out there. This is the back of one of the guitars I am building for the Woodstock show this year. I just applied my epoxy pore fill when this was taken.
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