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    Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    So, in keeping with Doug's Grateful Dead framing and while we're in the 60's, we just finished a signed Bob Dylan guitar in a plexi box.
    We had the tie dye material created and the material was mounted over a strainer.
    A plexi bracket was made in the shop to attach at the strap screw on the guitar.
    A fabric wrapped wooden post was made to lift up and attach the headstock end of the neck.

    The client insisted that we frame and install the certificate of authenticity behind the neck of the guitar.
    We would normally have just put the certificate on the back and we would have preferred that but this is what they insisted on.

    Also, the client wanted the guitar to be hung either horizontally or vertically so the framed cert. is attached to a pivot with a handle on the back of the strainer so that it can be rotated either way.
    The guitar may seem to be off center in the photos, but it's just the odd angle that the photos were taken.
    Photos were taken before the plexi box was installed.
    I tuned the guitar before it was attached.
    I've played the guitar for almost 50 years.

    I was in a rock band in Chicago in the 60's and 70's but that's a whole other thread...
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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    That's amazing! The tie dye was GENIUS! Love it, love it.

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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    Really like the tie-dye. Just curious, where and how did you attach the pivot. I'd really like to see the back.

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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    Nice!

    As a former musician myself and having worked in a music store as a young man I would not have tuned the guitar when placing in shadowbox. For long term storage of a guitar it is advised to reduce the tension on the strings. As this is probably a guitar that was just used for signing as opposed to a owned/played guitar by Dylan it is probably fine.

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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    That's an impressive design, and the pivoting certificate is a great idea to satisfy the customer's unusual request.
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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    Quote Originally Posted by John Barlowe View Post
    Nice!

    As a former musician myself and having worked in a music store as a young man I would not have tuned the guitar when placing in shadowbox. For long term storage of a guitar it is advised to reduce the tension on the strings. As this is probably a guitar that was just used for signing as opposed to a owned/played guitar by Dylan it is probably fine.
    I agree.
    It actually is a cheap "throw-away" guitar used just for signing.
    I've done a lot of these and it's always been a cheap Squire instead of a Strat and a cheap Epiphone instead of a Gibson.

    When I mentioned that I tuned it, I actually only tuned it to itself at a much lower key, not to actual playing tune.
    I wanted to keep some tension on the neck.

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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory K. Norris, CPF View Post
    Really like the tie-dye. Just curious, where and how did you attach the pivot. I'd really like to see the back.
    I don't have a picture of the back and it's already been picked up.

    The pivot is a 1" wooden dowel attached to a piece of masonite on the back of the framed certificate.
    The masonite is not touching the cert. and the cert. has a coroplast backing board.
    The dowel goes thru the back and thru a block of wood recessed inside the back of the strainer and it has a wooden handle that is indexed to markings on the back for turning the cert. and having it line up straight for horizontal hanging or vertical hanging.

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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    Neil, thanks! I actually understood that which says more about your writing ability than my thinking ability!

    I think that is an ingenious design.

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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    I always kid around when we have special projects (and boy, we have a couple of doozies coming up).
    I say, "lets put LED's in the frame or motors with remote controls" .

    But this one actually was a simple design and it worked out well.
    Simple is good.

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    Re: Bob Dylan signed guitar in a plexi box

    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Zellman View Post
    The client insisted that we frame and install the certificate of authenticity behind the neck of the guitar.
    We would normally have just put the certificate on the back and we would have preferred that but this is what they insisted on.

    I've played the guitar for almost 50 years.
    So, you sold it to someone who wanted it framed? Nice double hit there :-)

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