Electric guitar

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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...

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Restoring vintage guitar 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...

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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...

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Creating a new headstock for a five-piece guitar neck

This repair involved the creation of a completely new five-piece headstock. This broken five-piece guitar neck had been repaired previously with fiberglass, which was a very popular technique in the...

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Repairing a broken Gibson headstock 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...

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Repairing an old crack while keeping the original “Contour Body” decal

This kind of problem is very common. The crack was glued without clamping or finishing. That's why dust or sweat was rubbed into the cracks every time someone touched it....

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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...

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Repairing a hole on maple top

An old guitar can tell you a story. The three little holes shown here must have been for a Bigsby tremolo, but what are these two big holes for? They...

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Touching-up a candy apple finish

Touching-up a damaged candy-apple finish is one of the most difficult repairs to do. An inexperienced craftsman could turn a small scratch into a nightmare. In this case, I filled...

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