Repair Projects

Unique repairs since 1986
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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 action, about two millimeters of wood had been removed from under the bridge to recess it. This was the owner's first guitar, his treasure. He...

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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 and the thickness of layers is slightly different. So people who value authentic vintage guitars don't neglect even the humble plastic pickguard. That's why repairing...

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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 it is first fixed poorly, like in this case. Repair specifications: - Make a new heel and install the neck so the repair is not...

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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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