Finishing touches and repairs in the shop

Still trying to complete the raffle guitar. I’m getting down to the final touches.

The flamed Maple neck on the raffle guitar is turning out well.

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The headstock on the raffle guitar has beautiful flame.

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Flame in the back of the neck as well.

 

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Tools of the trade. Leveling the new frets. Notice the pretty flame in the headstock and the Hamilton Stringed Instruments logo in place. The fingerboard is Honduran Rosewood. The dots are made to resemble original clay dots.

When I’m not working on the raffle guitar, I’m trying to keep up with repairs and other projects. One repair is a Martin with the typical Martin pick guard crack from a certain era, when they would put the pick guard on bare wood before finishing the instrument. The pick guards shrink and crack the top. The only decent repair is to pull the old pick guard, clean the glue from the top of the guitar, add lacquer to bring the surface level with the remaining finished surface, make a new pick guard and reglue the pick guard.

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The shrunken pick guard has been removed, the area cleaned and new lacquer is used to level the surface. Notice the hole above the pick guard where the player has worn through the top.

The bridge is also cracked through on this guitar. The owner opted to have a pre-made bridge ordered for the guitar rather than having me hand carve a custom bridge. This will be the next repair.

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The bridge cracked right through the bridge pins. It will need to be replaced.

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