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I am not a conservationist or a restoration expert, but I've done a good deal of repair work ranging from replacing dirty electronics to neck resets and back again. I try and go over all the options for a fix with a customer, outlining the pros and cons of different approaches to a repair. Below are a few of the more extensive projects I've worked on.

Norman 12 string Headstock repair

Headstock repairs are a classic nightmare... 12 string headstock repairs are even scarier. I went full bore on this one, The stock was splintered back together and glued, a new 3 layer plate was added to the face of the headstock and splines were added to the rear.


Early 30's Gibson Tenor, rebuild

This tenor was in pieces when it arrived in the shop, the 3 or 4 pieces of the back were glued back togeher and cleated without having to add any new wood. a 'goo' was stripped from the top, several braced were reglue while the back was off, and the bridge was glued back on, I tried to take it pretty easy on this one... back to playing, but not 'restored'.

1968 Gibson SG

This guitar was sold to me as a 64' junior husk, after further inverstigation I thought it may have been a converted wide stock melody maker, but that didn't seem to jive either... It's a rebuilt  SG.  Reset the poorly epoxied neck, stripped off the terrible black spray paint job, and opted to restore it pretty much as a '68 SG Junior, I couldn't resist a little extra chrome and went with a long style tailpiece. (this guitar has since to re-refinished, and rebuilt with old stock-as-possible parts

1920's Hayden by Gibson - cracked everything

A clown bounced off a bed in a hotel room and smooshed this guitar, true story. The back was repaired using as much of the original as possible, the braces were glued and reinforced where cracked, and the top crack was splined and cleated.

1960's Gibson LG0 retopped Martin-style

When I bought this LGO project the seller tossed in a martin factory braced top... I figured what the hell.


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