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Replacing soundhole edge of vintage Martin guitar

Before repair After repair Martin 000-28, 1945. This photo shows a very common type of damage: the edge of the soundhole 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...

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Duplicating original fancy guitar bridge from a picture

Before repair After repair Restoration of the guitar 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...

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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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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 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 of the neck was fractured, the ebony fretboard was broken, and the truss rod was bent---a first-class neck break. When you repair a damaged guitar,...

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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: - Restoration of the worn-off area - Repairing the cracks - Replacing the head plate - Re-fretting - Re-finishing The owner tried to re-finish this...

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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 whole guitar was finished with clear lacquer. The guitar was in relatively good shape, except for worn frets and a few scratches caused by a...

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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, however, the neck was very loose, the frets were badly worn, the binding on the back was missing, there were many cracks and screw holes...

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