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  • Making a New Mandolin Bridge

            This Allen mandolin came into the shop missing its original bridge.  The owner had several replacement options but they were all too low and wide.  Using one of these as a  guide I made one that matched stylistically but to the proper dimensions. For more photos click here.

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  • 1930’s Gibson L-1 12-fret

            I’ve been working on this Gibson L-1 for quite a while.  The major damage was to the bridge area. At some point a classical bridge had been installed to cover a large hole through the top and bridge plate.  I installed a larger bridge plate to span the area, patched the […]

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  • Making a Tuner Screw

    I am working on restoring a 1940’s Gibson L-1 and it is missing one of the tuner post screws.  Unfortunately it is an odd size , 4-36, and I couldn’t find a replacement.  By an odd stroke of luck I happened to have purchased a set of small taps and dies at the flea market […]

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  • Crestwood Build

      A good friend of mine is really into vintage Epiphones and came up with the idea of making a 1958 style Crestwood with 3 New York Pickups.    We used on of his Coronets as a guide and came up with this design.  The pickups are rewound hotter than normals and it has a […]

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  • 1961 Gibson SG Refinish

                I finally finished restoring this ’61 SG.  It needed a little bit of binding repair, filling of an ill advised pickup rout, and refinishing in cherry red. Oh…. and removing Ted Nugent’s signature.               Someone decided it would be nice to rout and […]

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  • Fender Mustang Refret

        The frets on this Mustang were in terrible condition. They were extremely rough, uneven, and had been filed to their limit. The fretboard had been lacquered and there had been some filing in between the frets leaving the surface scarred, ugly and with a flatter radius in the lower positions. The fretboards on […]

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  • J-45ADJ Bridge Replacement

    Here is a repair or modification I see fairly often.  In the 50’s and 60’s Gibson offered or used  adjustable bridges on J-45s culminating in 1963 with the worst bridge design ever – a plastic bridge with adjustable saddle and a plywood bridge plate.  The plastic bridges look and sound terrible. Replacing the bridge involves […]

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  • Defretted Warwick Bass Refret

    This Warwick Thumb bass had been previously defretted and the current owner wanted to have it refretted with Warwick brass frets. I has to order the frets from Germany but in a stroke of good fortune it turned out thy the slots were filled with a soft putty which could be removed with a fret […]

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  • Gibson ES-300 style pickup reconstruction

    The celluloid bobbin from this ES-300 style pickup from a 1940 Gibson EH-150 was brittle, cracked, and disintegrating in places, the windings were broken, and the magnets were missing. There was really no choice but to completely reconstruct the pickup but it provided an opportunity to look inside a rare pickup. The construction is very […]

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  • Truss Rod Channel Routing

    I recently purchased a Dewalt compact router for doing less intense routing jobs.  It is relatively light weight and smaller in size but still very powerful, ideal for routing curved truss rod channels. I made a base for the router with adjustable rails that ride along curved runners clamped to the neck blank. Material is […]

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  • Gibson Marauder Refret and Refin

    This Gibson Marauder has been put through it's paces. It has been heavily modified and taken a few hard hits. The owner wanted it cleaned up a bit but to retain the original finish on the fretboard and headstock. After stripping it down I replaced the missing wood, filled the former tailpiece holes and refinished […]

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  • Airline Binding Replacement

    Binding repair can be challenging, often requiring finish touchup and tedious leveling.  This Airline guitar had the extra challenge of installing the binding under the frets which were installed through the binding.  With a little careful measuring I was able to saw the fret slots and file the binding back to fit snugly under the […]

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  • Gretsch 6120 Binding Repair

    Old Gretsch guitars are notorious for having binding problems. This great 1957 Chet Atkins has largely escaped the binding rot that often seen on these old guitars but the neck binding had shrunken and worked loose.  I had to replace 2 small sections that were missing but most of the old binding went back into […]

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  • Pullstring Systems D/B bender

    Here’s something you don’t see everyday. This is a combination D and B bender developed by Paul McEwen at pulltonedevices.com. The 1/2 inch thick aluminum assembly attaches to the back of the guitar using the neck mounting screws. Installation was remarkably easy. The only problem I encountered was it initially wouldn’t pull the B a […]