Meet Our Guitar Tech: John Saba



  • cbwimcbwim ✭✭✭
    Posts: 191

    John is a treasure! We've been aware of and known each other through our various associations with Dusty Strings - for me I sell my flutes through there and have for three decades. Ray and Sue or their shop managers usually hire the best for the long haul. Johns experience there is tremendous! Congratulations to John and to DjangoBooks!!!


  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 839

    Severeal weeks ago, my old Framus archtop, that I use as a working horse at school, fell on the stony ground because of a tussle between two children. The result was loud rattling with the tones G and D. I examined everything between the tuners and the tailpiece and came to the conclusion, that it might be the truss rod. When I opened the cover I noticed that it had a little play and tightened it just a very very little bit; this worked.

  • AndrewUlleAndrewUlle Cleveland, OH✭✭✭ Cigano GJ-15
    Posts: 541

    Great suggestion - a truss rod under tension won't rattle.

  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Diamond Springs ,CANew Latch Drom F, Eastman DM2v, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
    Posts: 337

    I’ve got a couple of top cracks that need repair on my altamira. Every time I even look at it the wrong way the top cracks..

    Wonder if it’s worth it to ship the guitar up north to Seattle for repair, or trust it to some local guy that’s never seen such an instrument?

  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,155

    @vanmalmsteen Repairing top cracks is pretty routine so I think any local tech could do a good job fixng that. You need a specialist when you're dealing with more Gypsy specific stuff like the bridge, setup, etc.

  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Diamond Springs ,CANew Latch Drom F, Eastman DM2v, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
    Posts: 337
  • mac63000mac63000 Tacoma, WANew Geronimo Mateos Jazz B
    Posts: 248

    Magic, i think! It might have been sympathetic vibration with the way it only rattled on certain notes. The neck had been dead flat new and I'm guessing it didn't have enough tension? Nothing major like opening up the neck, but the adjustments, bridge setup (and again, skillful work) made this thing play beautifully ever since.

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