February 2021

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Touching-up a candy apple finish

Touching-up a damaged candy-apple finish is one of the most difficult repairs to do. An inexperienced craftsman could turn a small scratch into a nightmare. In this case, I filled...

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Refinishing with a new section on the back of the neck and repairing the F-hole

This is a 1930s full acoustic guitar. Though it is not a high-end guitar, decent materials were used and the top was hand-carved. When it was brought in to me,...

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Refinishing and new frets with Gibson-style binding 

This Gibson Les Paul was brought in for re-fretting. The binding on both sides of the fretboard had to be replaced, as the owner asked for a Gibson-style re-fretting. The...

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Refinishing with the repair of a worn top, and making a new heel and head plate

Restoration of a Hofner's violin bass, which was made very famous by Paul McCartney, the bassist of the greatest rock band in history, The Beatles. Description of main repair work:...

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Repairing a major neck break

Using brass parts was a 1970s fashion. Usually, a neck break occurs where the neck meets the head. This type of neck break, pictured here, is very rare. The mahogany...

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Adding a new heel with vintage finish

Any repair must be done properly the first time, otherwise, it could cost you more in the end than you expect. Besides, a repair will be much more difficult if...

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Restoring vintage pickguard

Some vintage guitar pickguards attract bids over $3,000. That may seem insane, but, as a matter of fact, the material used to make old pickguards is different from new ones...

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Removing holes on mahogany top

Over its long life, this guitar had various screw holes made on top to install different bridges and tail pieces to improve the intonation and playability. Also, for better lower...

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