The Workbench

Red Foley “Smooth Tralin’” guitar


This guitar was my great uncle Kermit's. Somehow my aunt had it and gave it to her high school boyfriend in the 70's. Lee has had it ever since, rotting away in his grandparents basement, and brought to me about 2 weeks ago.

The back was warped up and cracked a bunch, so was the top. Bridge was pulled almost off and split in half. Tuner knobs were was destroyed.

I brought it back to life! Plays and sounds fantastic now!


It sounds and plays similar, but better than a 30's Kalamazoo that I used to own. Low action and a tight mid-focused sound.


Holding cleats down....not a great method!


Hey, if it works, right?

Nice project.

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