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  • EH-150 Bridge Reproduction

    Yesterday I worked on the replacement bridge for the EH-150 I am restoring.  I don’t have an original bridge so I used a tracing of the footprint visible on the guitar and pictures.  I used my tablesaw and bandsaw to rough out the shape and cleaned it up with files and sandpaper. A final buffing […]

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  • A pair of neck repairs

    This week I worked on a two different kinds of broken necks – the all too common broken Gibson headstock, and a cross threaded Fender P-Bass neck with a loose truss rod. There’s not a lot of mystery behind this repair, just careful gluing and touch up. Whenever possible I use hide glue for this […]

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  • Les Paul Custom Refinish

    I just finished reassembling this 1976 Les Paul Custom.  It had been painted black over the original black finish and the owner decided that he wanted it completely stripped and redone.  It took a little longer than I expected but I am pleased with the results.  Click here for more photos.

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  • Carvin AB-45 with loose braces

    Chris Smart, from Robot Monster Guitars, brought this Carvin AB-45 bass  into the shop a few days ago with a sunken top.  Looking in the neck pocket quickly revealed the problem.  Both braces, or tone bars, had come loose in front of the bridge.  Luckily cleaning and gluing is fairly easy with access through the neck […]

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  • El Raunchocaster Lives!

    After more than a year of slow progress (sorry Mitch!) I put the finishing touches on this Bajo Sexto inspired Telecaster  for Mitch Webb.  Mitch had the idea for this guitar a long time ago and it is finally done.  Dubbed “El Raunchocaster”, it has a mahogany body capped with a maple top, maple and […]

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  • Jazz Bass Refret – Removing the frets

    Removing the frets went easily as well.  The finish was not heavily built up around the frets. I heated them gently with a soldering iron and slowly worked along their length with the fret pullers.  Here is a short video of the process. [stream flv=x:/www.jroadman.com/instruments/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/jazzbass.ff_.flv embed=false share=false width=400 height=224 dock=true controlbar=over bandwidth=med autostart=false /]

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  • Jazz Bass Refret – Removing the nut

    A good friend brought me the neck for his Jazz Bass to be refretted.  Before doing anything I mounted it on a surrogate body and strung it up to make sure the neck was adjusting properly and to check for any abnormalities.  Everything looked good.  It had a nice gradual curve under tension and adjusted […]