Today I was at grandparents' house and I found a really old guitar. It's kinda small and I don't know why, but it also has 7 strings; one strange thing for me which I have never seen - nut is wooden and it's not detachable, like new ones have( so it's part of the head itself).

Tuning pegs are really hard to rotate; I think that's because the strings are very old. The body it self has some scratches, which I like, because it looks like really old and vintage. The guitar also has some strange truss rod, you can rotate it from back of fret board, where it meets body and I don't know why but it feels very dirty and sticky.

Main problems are tuning pegs, strings, and it needs little bit of truss adjustment.

Guitar is more than 21 years old,maybe even 30 (date: 12 mar 1955). And i'm scared to do anything, because i think that it may brake.

What would you recommend?

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    Where do you live? What nation? Are you in a major city, or a remote rural area? You need to find a professional luthier who restores old guitars, take the guitar to them for an inspection, and obtain an estimate of the cost of restoration. Then you need to do further research and obtain other estimates from other luthiers. – user1044 Jan 28 '15 at 16:46
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    I live in georgia, guitar itself was made in leningrad. I live in tbilisi, the capital but we dont have many guitar shops and less restorators. So that not gonna work, it feels very sturdy and bridge is fixed in place too,i will change string but i wont touch truss rod, because im afraid, but it's at good height for slide guitar, maybe i will use it for that – Brsgamer Jan 28 '15 at 16:49
  • Then you should look for professional musicians who play the traditional Georgian 7-string guitar, show them your guitar, and ask for advice about restoring it. – user1044 Jan 28 '15 at 17:58
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    7-string guitars are known here as "Russian", which would support the fact that it was made in Leningrad. Could you at least post a photo or two of the guitar (particularly of the most strange/damaged parts)? – yo' Jan 28 '15 at 20:40
  • Greetings from the state of Georgia, United States of America, where I live. Welcome to Music: Practice & Theory. – user1044 Jan 28 '15 at 23:17

It will be a Russian guitar. The extra string is a B under the others.One of the original 7-stringers that are popular now! I was in Leningrad in the sixties, and bought one. £2.50 from memory (in roubles!). The action was, and still is awful. The strings needed to be lighter gauge, to stop the action being too bad.The truss rod is adjustable from the heel where the neck and body meet, using a square socket.

The bad news is - it's probably not going to be a great player. But - it's worth renovating just for posterity. The tuners will benefit from some release oil - duck oil, WD40. With the strings off/loose, do the same with the truss rod, and work the screw.The nut should be fixed, there's no point in it not being, but it's no big deal, as long as it stays still.I don't understand your statement that says most nuts are detachable.Tap the body all over. It shouldn't 'clunk'. If it does, the wood is split, and it'll end up on the wall as a showpiece, like mine.

If it's dated 1955, it'll be a bit more than 30 yrs old!! Good luck!

  • Thanks for advice! I don't have problems with nut. Just it's little bit strange to me because i haven't seen wooden nut yet. What i meam by detachable is that oj most of the guitars you can change it but on this one, it's part of the fretboard – Brsgamer Jan 29 '15 at 10:14

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