Here are some pictures of the Emmons D-10 I purchased from
Herb Steiner a couple of years ago. I completely disassembled it down to
the bare body. All the metal parts were degreased and hand polished. I
stripped and reflocked the underside and replaced the front piece
of Mica since the original piece had holes drilled in it from a plastic
name plate which was not original. While I was working on cleaning
and polishing, I took the necks to Charlie McVay, Jr., who replaced the
non original fret boards with originals. He also rebrushed the exposed
top surface of the necks to the original "swirly" pattern. After completing
the cosmetic work, I re-installed the end plates, necks and electronics
and took the whole thing back to Charlie: the restored body and a box of
parts! During the next year, juggling between a full time job working double
shifts and playing the Jamboree on weekends, he meticulously reassembled
the guitar, replacing and fabricating parts where needed and adding refinements
to the design based on his years of experience specializing in Push/Pull
rebuilds. The existing knee levers were scrapped too, since they were not
original, and replaced with Emmons "short" knee levers. Back in '66 knee
levers were optional equipment and when you ordered them they were about
an inch or two longer than what they are now. I opted for the shorter knee
levers, since the longer ones are no longer available and would have to
be custom made.
These pics were taken with Kodak "Max" film. I had to do some adjustments to the brightness and contrast to make them tolerable to view. Apparently, the Max film does not handle high-contrast lighting very well. Sometime down the road I will re-shoot the pictures with better film and re-post them. But these will have to do for now.
Bottom view from changer end. All set screws
were replaced with longer ones to give more surface area for the allen
wrench to grab on to when making adjustments.
Bottom view from tuning key end
Close-up of changer end mechanics. All the tuning
screws were replaced with nylon-tipped screws custom made by an aerospace
company. These screws eliminate changer wear where the screws contact the
changers. All of the springs throughout the guitar were replaced as well.
Close-up of left knee levers showing the McVay
Super Stop. The Super Stop eliminates the sloppy feel on the "raise" knee
levers. Usually when push/pulls are set up, a lot of slop is built in.
When Charlie sets up a push/pull, he makes the tolerances very tight. As
everything settles in, it is necessary to readjust the stops and tuning,
but the end result is worth the extra time.
Another close-up of the changer mechanics
Back to Jon's Place