image of Hofner's violin bass guitar
Restoration of the Beatle bass guitar

Restoration of a Hofner's violin bass guitar, 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 - Refretting - Refinishing The owner tried to refinish...

Continue Reading
Re-fretting with Gibson style binding
Refinishing and refretting with Gibson style binding

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

Continue Reading
Broken mahogany top of Guild guitar
Restoring a mahogany top of classical guitar

Restoring a mahogany top of Guild classical guitar. This whole guitar was built with mahogany, except for the bridge, fretboard, head plate, and braces on the top. To be repaired, all the broken parts had to be glued back together like a jig-saw puzzle. Basically, only two parts were broken, and since there were few...

Continue Reading
image of F-hole
Restoration of an old archtop guitar

Before repair / after repair This is a 1930s full acoustic archtop 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...

Continue Reading