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Replacing top without changing binding

This guitar had many cracks that had been poorly repaired, many new cracks on top, and the top had been sanded very thin and unevenly. It was beyond repair. Some guitars I encounter are in mint condition even though more than 100 years old. It all depends on how the instrument has been treated. In...

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Replacing soundhole edge of vintage guitar

Before repair After repair This photo shows a very common type of damage: the edge of the sound hole has been worn down by picking. If you're on a tight budget, there is a way of repairing this damage by filling in the gouge with resin or some other filler. But in the case of...

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Duplicating original fancy bridge from a picture

Before repair After repair Restoration of the bridge, pickguard, and soundboard. Description of main repair work: - Removing the pickguard - Removing the bridge and making a new one - Refinishing the top This guitar was a mystery. It's a Washburn, for sure, but the big mystery was the bridge and pickguard. Both were too...

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Making a bass endpin for an electric bass guitar

This is not really a showpiece, but just one example of some of the modification ideas that musicians come up with. The owner was originally an upright bass player, so he wanted to play this guitar both as an upright bass and as a regular electric bass. I made a big brass insert and installed...

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Making a double-neck guitar from a guitar and bass

The owner wanted to make a double-neck guitar using a midi bass and a Stratocaster model by Peavey. The control unit from the Strat was relocated near the waist of the bass body, and the midi display panel from the bass was relocated on the upper horn of the Stratocaster. I only had to do...

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Repairing a head break with a new section

This is the ES175, one of the most popular full hollow-body guitars made by Gibson. The part where the neck meets the head is the weakest spot on the whole guitar. When a mahogany neck is broken, many invisible cracks will often occur deep inside the wood. Once such a complicated fracture happens, because it...

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Adding a custom-made jack holder without drilling a hole

This is an example of one of the most common requests for modification. "I want to install a pick-up, but I don't want to drill any holes in the guitar. And I would like to return it to its original condition when I want to." You can secure an output jack with tape or some...

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Repairing a head break with new parts

Although the materials used in an inexpensive guitar are not always poor quality, it is true that they are usually not well selected. The joint of the neck and head is the weakest part of the guitar. Especially, if a poor grain mahogany is used for the neck, once it breaks, repair work may be...

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Repairing a head break with new parts – 2

One of the most common requests at the guitar repair shop is for us to fix a broken guitar neck. Repairing this kind of damage with screws or a wood insert, or wrapping with fiberglass, was seen quite often in the 1960s and 1970s. But if it's a fresh break and the pieces to be...

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