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Transplanting from old guitar

This Martin '45 Model 000-28 was damaged and missing parts of the wood. The most difficult element involved in repairing an old instrument is not the wood or the finish....

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New section on koa wood top

When you drop a guitar, damage often happens on this part of the body called the lower bout. In this case, the binding was damaged and missing, so I had...

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Restoring a mahogany top

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...

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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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Restoring a classical guitar top

French luthier Daniel Friederich's classical guitar. It's still a mystery how this guitar was damaged, but as we know, musical instruments can be damaged anytime and anywhere. For lack of...

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Repairing crack by transplanting

The highest-value vintage guitar or most expensive guitar on the market is not always a masterpiece. Unfortunately, there were a few cracks on the top because it was not carefully...

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Replacing top with inlay

Popular musicians worldwide must perform under various conditions, and so do their instruments. Their guitars may be exposed to salt air one day, then stored in the cargo hold of...

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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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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,...

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