1958 VINTAGE FIREGLO 345 CAPRI RESTORATION
This comprehensive photo set shows the internal construction and a number of quirky features of a very early "large body" Capri. The neck is very narrow and slim front-to-back. The pickup corner screw reliefs are in evidence, as is a control cavity cutout made with overlapping and blended 1 1/4" Forstner bit holes instead of a pattern-routed opening, as seen in guitars built only slightly later. The padauk fretboard has three dot markers at the 12th fret, and double dots at the 16th. Kluson "twin line" tuners were used, and the "slash" or "scimitar" sound hole is larger than in later years, being extended downward and also widened at the top. This changed the very next year. A Kaufmann Vib-Ro-La vibrato unit was fitted. Finish is a Dark Autumnglo nitrocellulose, for accuracy.