well as time rolls along i still haven't figured out who made my ss stewart Taropatch. lots of "who didn't" make it but i just can't imagine the work that went into making this instrument with 4 layer binding all around (black, white, black, cream) and only the label of SS Stewart inside. no other id. i've read all about the brand and who made instruments for them but "what the heck", isn't there anyone out there who can recognize its genesis? tapered headstock and ebony fret board. vintage pegs. sometimes when I'm reworking a vintage guitar i can usually track down its beginnings to the parts used but I'm a "zero" with ukuleles. i left it for a while deciding whether to do any work on it. i acquired a "65" Northern (with the maple leaf logo) strat copy. built with the oversize CBC headstock pre bullet. how did i know it was a "65"? the 3 way switch and the pots and caps installed and a little digging on the history. it plays great! As good as my son-in-laws 61 strat? I'd have to take it to Virginnia to compare but i'm not going to do that. Back to the Stewart. I'm making a new nut out of ebony since the fret board is ebony. It's actually my second one because one other i made from a Brazilian hardwood broke. I have one original gut string i might use as a guide or maybe i should just hang on to it as a historical keepsake. At any rate, time to get busy on the bench. What's the worst that can happen?? Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.