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    Default c.1920 American Frank Borges Portuguese Guitar

    Close enough to a mandolin for a family photo...

    This P. guitar was made on Wickenden Street in Providence, RI just a few doors down from Coffee Exchange (where I used to work) -- so to me there's a nice tie-in right there! It's an unusual design in that it sports 12-string style tuners (thankee, Gods, for those) rather than the typical P. guitar "peacock" style ones.

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    Default Re: c.1920 American Frank Borges Portuguese Guitar

    Jake,
    Are those tuners on a plate, or individual?
    Nice job with an instrument that has been through it. What do you think that top is made of?
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    Bill: Single plate like on the old Oscar Schmidt Stellas. The top is some sort of flatsawn pine. From the half-dozen of these I've worked on so far (old ones) it seems cracks like on this one are very typical. I'm betting it has to do with wood choice for the mot part. Fortunately they don't seem to hurt the tone...

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    Default Re: c.1920 American Frank Borges Portuguese Guitar

    It would be hard for a piece of pine that wide not to split over the years.
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    Bill: No kidding!

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    Default Re: c.1920 American Frank Borges Portuguese Guitar

    I guess other instrument companies should make them this way as they're easier to tune up. The Headstock is angled so it puts the strings at a sharper angle for more volume & clarity.

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