On the Bench

​Here are some of the more interesting repairs and restorations we've had "on the bench". Enjoy!

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder... Note the heinous crack, this headstock has just been glued back on, it's only the beginning

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Here's the "Prince II" in all it's glory, Mikes has a couple of very rad TV Jones' in there though...

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Repaired back, pretty tidy, 5 X stronger.

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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder... Note the heinous crack, this headstock has just been glued back on, it's only the beginning

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Hutchins Headstock Repair

Some guitars just love to break. It looks like this one is no exception. This headstock has now been broken twice in two different places, so it's time for a drastic solution...

These model railway spikes act as mini capos for the 5th string on this banjolin, banjo mando, manjo...

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The string can be tucked under the spike to make it fret where you need it..

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Nice inlay! (Not my work)

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These model railway spikes act as mini capos for the 5th string on this banjolin, banjo mando, manjo...

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Invisible pickups and railway spikes

 

​We can do just about any repair or modification. If you can explain it, we can do it! 

These model railway spikes act as mini capos for the 5th string on banjos or mandolins. The string is tucked under the spike and it is terminated on the adjacent fret, lifting the pitch of the string the desired amount. 


There are 7(!) loose braces in this beautiful guitar.

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3 of the 4 back braces are off on this guitar. Including the one riiigghhht down the back

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Theres a magnet inside this plastic bag and one on the outside of the guitar. You can see the extra glue squeeze out it produces. Factory tight fit!

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There are 7(!) loose braces in this beautiful guitar.

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CF Martin & Co HD28V

Baked in the sun

 

The customer swears he hasn't left the guitar in the sun, and I believe him! But the guitar has been baked. My theory is that it was in the boot of a car and was driven East on a hot afternoon, and the inside of the boot got up to about 70c. This guitar has all the hallmarks of an instrument baked in an oven... 7 loose braces and a whole lot of shrinkage. But it will pull up just fine I think. Beware the heat!!

Well this early Ricky 4000 came in with a headstock repair that wasn't working out.

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It had been repaired with a block and as it turns out, plywood as well. Egad! Also, there was no break angle so the strings danced right over the nut.

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Rear shot...

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Well this early Ricky 4000 came in with a headstock repair that wasn't working out.

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Cool Guitar of the Week!

 

​Slightly controversial vintage Rickenbaker repair...

This model didn't have a back angle so the strings danced right over the nut, and if you go to the forums, people are always complaining about it, so I "improved" it. Controversial!





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