Repair Projects

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Re-fretting with new finish on a maple neck

Fender applies finish after the frets are installed on a maple neck. Especially on the 1970s maple neck, the polyurethane finish is so thick that half of the fret height is buried in the finish. That's why, in the case of frets that are worn or dressed, it is hard to play because the frets...

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Creating an upright bass-style fingerboard on a jazz bass neck

Converting a fretted bass to fretless is common, but this case is unusual. Usually, the fret slots are filled with wood or resin to do the conversion. But this owner, a former upright bass player, wanted a plain ebony fingerboard with a small radius just like an upright bass. And he also wanted a fingerboard...

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Adding a new section for a five-piece neck

This repair involved the creation of a completely new five-piece headstock. This broken guitar neck had been repaired previously with fiberglass, which was a very popular technique in the 1970s, and it was painted very dark to cover it. I don't know why, but the crack itself was not glued. The owner used this guitar...

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Repairing an old crack with veneer

This kind of problem is very common. The damage was glued without clamping or finishing. That's why dust or sweat was rubbed into the cracks every time someone touched it. Even the glue was dirty. The crack was across the grain, so it wouldn't be an invisible repair even if the original parts were reused....

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