SS Stewart taropatch

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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.
 

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Did you ask Jake Wildwood about it? I don't remember if someone suggested this on your other thread.
 
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Did you ask Jake Wildwood about it? I don't remember if someone suggested this on your other thread.
talked to jake on the phone. no definite. just could be. i haven’t seen one like this anywhere. martin is the only one that comes close. when martin started building these for rebranding it doesn’t state that their logo was stamped on it. that’s going back to 1916 ish. and they never made many at that time. so the “nays” haven’t given a reason why it isn’t a martin. i don’t care if it’s not but state the facts or show me another similar. i’m searching for the information. thx
 

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What's the worst that can happen??

If you think it's a Martin; have you talked to them yet?

Personally, I thnk you should fix it up and enjoy it. The worst that can happen is catching UAS...
 

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If you think it's a Martin; have you talked to them yet?

Personally, I thnk you should fix it up and enjoy it. The worst that can happen is catching UAS...
Now that's a great idea, Clear! Ask the Martin people. Of course. I think they'd have the best records of what they made, and what makers they were competing with were producing. You might find what you seek, or you might find that there aren't any definitive answers to your questions.
 
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i have contacted martin. no response so far. most likely, you are right and i’ll never know who put in the time to make this little gem. i’ve thought about starting work on it but my fellow luthier friend told me not to at this time. at any rate i have a parlor guitar to finish and some inlay on my fretless bass build. i also find at 76 i’m losing focus and enthusiasm for detailed work. i just like playing my guitar. thx for your comments.