The guy I got this from first contacted me to donate data for my list. Then he told me it's story, and that it's unplayable. He knew that it would cost far more than the guitar was worth to fix it. I knew I had to rescue and repair it!!
It was abandoned at his house by the former owner many years ago. He doesn't play, but his kids do. His daughter was trying to get him to learn to play. So they took this guitar out of storage. Then they discovered the action was high and there are a few badly worn frets causing buzz. That's probably why it was left behind years ago. He found my site, looking for info on the guitar, trying to determine if it was worth fixing. Once he found the cost of replacing the frets and a neck reset it was obvious it wasn't. So I offered to buy and repair it.
We met today at Tractor Supply in Johnston RI, on a warm first day of summer. We (mostly I) talked about guitar repair and vintage FG's. He asked if I would document the repair in the forum so he could see what happens. Of course, I said yes!! I do that for everything I work on! I have (3) customer cuitars I'm working on, but I hope to get to it later next month.
When I got it home I did my usual examination. The first 3 frets are shot!! DEEP divots! The tuners have been replaced by Pings. The neck projects 3/32" below the bridge, well into neck reset territory. The action is a little over 1/8" low E & 7/64" high E. The saddle sticks out .11" & .08".