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Custom pickup installs!

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Here are a few examples of pick up installs that required some problem solving.

In the photo to the left we see a K&K pure mini installed in a 12 string guitar that has a JLD bridge doctor attached. K&K does make a 12 string p/u but the transducers are so large that it’s not feasible to install correctly in this scenario. Chamfering the edge of the bridge doctor block where it contacts the bridge plate allows the installation of the middle transducer of the pure mini to be fully on the bridge plate. The pure mini is a totally acceptable substitution for pure 12 when this obstacle is present.

In the photo below we see a K&K banjo twin with a custom cable guide to keep the pickup leads from going microphonic when contacting the banjos coordinator rods. Using the existing nuts and rod was a nice solution as it meant we didn’t have to alter the pot in any way.

And lastly we have a K&K mandolin twin internal installed in an Octave Mandolin. The real challenge with oval hole instruments in the mandolin family is I can’t get my hand inside the instrument to position the transducers. The solution is to mark out where they need to go and secure the transducer to powerful magnets then position inside via a steel rod. The final guide into exact location is where the attracting magnet is placed on the outside of the instrument. If you have a challenging install you’d like us solve give us a call!


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Solid Acacia Concert Ukulele

Not all Ukuleles are created equally. Many of us have encountered the all-plastic toys that sit on top of the piano, impossible to tune, sounds like playing a wet noodle attached to a cardboard box.

The builders over at Cordoba are putting out some very musical ukes, aesthetically pleasing, easy to play, they intonate properly, hold their tuning.
This is their very beautiful 25C, Concert Ukulele in solid Acacia Wood. A very warm, clear, and inviting tone. With the great diversity of each specimen of Acacia, every one of these ukes is uniquely beautiful.
Bone Nut and Saddle

Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge

Aquila Nylgut strings

Can’t you just imagine yourself on stage with this beauty?


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Freya

Local New Denver act Freya (Martine Denbok on violin and Noel Fudge on guitar) has just released their first CD and it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Freya compose original pieces for violin and guitar. The music is fresh and innovative, drawing from Celtic and Folk roots, tugging on those timeless heartstrings that are anchored so deeply in so many of us. The CD is very well produced, clarity and volume are superb. Hat’s off to Martine and Noel.
A must have for any Kootenay music library!


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Blackstar 1w Tube Amp

Mountain Fruit Folklore is proud to announce that we are now carrying Backstar amplifiers.

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about this little 1W tube amp. (Isn’t bigger better??)
But the tone on this amp is definitely nothing to sneeze at. Volume-wise it would be more geared towards practice and recording, although it would work for live performance if you mic’d it up and put it through the mains.

One thing I do love about this amp is the simplicity. Clean Channel/Dirty Channel, Volume, Gain, and Tone. No bells, no whistles, no reverb or other effects. Just pure, crisp, warm tube tone.  Still nothing compares to good old, dependable tubes. While there have been leaps and bounds made in the realm of digital amps, you have to spend a lot more money for a comparable tone, And they almost always have that digital edge to them, which can sometimes be dialled down with some knob-twiddling. In my experience tube amplifiers tend to sound good no matter where you set the dials. Don’t take my word for it! Come on down and test them out.


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Turn of the Century B&J University Parlor Guitar

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Here’s a really sweet little parlour guitar from the turn of the century. The top is solid spruce, neck is Spanish cedar with a hard “V”-shape, the back and sides appear to be birch. It recently had a refret, and a neck set done (not by us) as well as a new rosewood bridge made.

We were very lucky to come across this instrument at a decent price and found that just a bit more work could bring it to the next level.

The work we did includes a new bone nut.

Here we see apprentice Kevin John setting the string spacing, which must be quite precise for a comfortable feel in the player’s hand.

The saddle slot in the new bridge was shallower than we like to see so we (very, very carefully!) deepened it using a dremel and this handy jig from Stew-Mac.

New Intonated bone saddle made for the deepened saddle slot: we also brought the action up to amend some buzzing that was happening along the bass strings when we got it, and stained the bridge to better match the overall aesthetic of the guitar.

Kevin getting creative by re-purposing violin bows into go-bars in order to glue cracked and loose bracing inside the guitar.

An instrument, when taken care of, can out live its maker, can be passed on from one generation to the next. In fact as the wood ages it cures and the tonal qualities improve.

This old gal still has many miles and many songs in her before she is done.