• Refinishing
  • 1936 Gibson EH-150

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    I found this 1936 Gibson EH-150 on ebay a while back and have been slowly restoring it. I got it for next to nothing, most likely because it had no hardware and no pickup and the likelihood of tracking down these original parts is pretty slim and would be expensive. It struck me as a worthwhile project to test out building a Charlie Christian style pickup and milling the hardware from scratch. I was lucky enough to find replica knobs from Fake 58.

    My good friend Gene Warner was kind enough to record a little sample (you don’t want to hear me play it!)

    I found this 1936 Gibson EH-150 on ebay a while back and have been slowly restoring it. I got it for next to nothing, most likely because it had no hardware and no pickup and the likelihood of tracking down these original parts is pretty slim and would be expensive. It struck me as a worthwhile project to test out building a Charlie Christian style pickup and milling the hardware from scratch. I was lucky enough to find replica knobs from Fake 58.

    My good friend Gene Warner was kind enough to record a little sample (you don’t want to hear me play it!)

    EH-150.mp3
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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 […]

  • Truss Rods
  • Fender P-bass Truss Rod Repair

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    The nut had been cross threaded on this P-Bass neck with such force that the anchor came loose causing the entire truss rod to spin inside the neck. My friend Paul managed to loosen the nut allowing the truss rod to be pushed out the headstock end of the neck. After cleaning the crushed threads with a die I attempted to reinstall the rod but the sleeve inside the neck bunched up causing the skunk stripe to pop up near the base. With a little gentle coaxing I go the entire stripe out. I wrapped the rod in wax paper, epoxied the anchor back in place, and reglued the skunk stripe and headstock plug. Except for a small ridge at the base of the neck you would never know.

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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 […]

  • Fretwork
  • Robin Refret

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    I’ve seen a few botched refrets but this one takes the cake. The frets are rough, sharp, different sizes and it looks like they removed the old ones with a chisel and hammer! It wasn’t hard to get them out because they were so poorly seated but the slots were in terrible shape. In order to repair the damaged slots and rough edges I filled each slot with teflon dams, filled the spaces with rosewood dust, and wicked in thin superglue. After allowing this to dry overnight I removed the teflon spacers and sanded the superglue filler level with the fingerboard. All in all it doesn’t look so bad. I cleaned the slots and pressed the frets in using my drill press. For a little added insurance I wicked a little more superglue under the fret ends and then filed and polished as usual.

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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 […]