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  • Violin Soundpost Patch

    This old family heirloom was brought to me to be restored back to playing condition.   It needs quite a bit of work including a soundpost patch. This is the violin before I started. It's in pretty bad shape. The first step was to clean off all the old grime. What...
  • Shutt Mandolin Restoration

    Here is an interesting one.  It's an Albert Shutt mandolin.  For those of you who are interested in learning more about Albert Shutt, check out this link for more information.   http://www.harpguitars.net/history/shutt/shutt.htm As you can see, this mandolin is in rough shape, but we're definitely going to fix that. First, I'm...
  • First born of Pursell family

    November 19, 2014 at Henry Ford Hospital, my first born Anabelle Ren Pursell was brought to this world. If you are wondering why my blog updating has been slow-moving lately, this is why... Anyway, a new baby is a lot of fun. Of course, as a new member of the...
  • Dave's D55

    This is a beautiful mid 70's Guild D55 that has come all the way from Texas to have a number of things done.  Unfortunately in my haste to get started I neglected to take a picture of the guitar in its original condition, that is not a super close up...
  • Classical Refret

    This is a cool old Pan classical guitar. It has a quirky lacquered fingerboard that just doesn't feel right. My job is to sand off the old lacquer and refret the board. The first step is removing the old fret wire. Next, I sand down the old lacquer and...
  • Pietro Moretti bass repair

    A local teacher in the area recommended me to one of his students who had an accident with their beautiful Moretti double bass. Somehow the upper bout of the bass got squeezed, and both of the upper ribs cracked. Ouch Here is the largest of the two cracks. The...
  • Hopf Violin Repair

    This is nice old Hopf violin that was brought to me for a set up. This old guy has seen better days. The top is coated in grime and scratches. Most of the cracks have been repaired back in the 20's and are still solid, but there are a few...
  • Guitar Dent Repair

    In this post I will show you how I fix dents on guitar tops. Guitar tops are made of soft woods that dent easily. Here are is a couple of nasty ones in a spruce top. This guitar is finished in french polish, but the steps are similar for other finishes...
  • Gibson Blues King Electro guitar repair

    This beauty has recently come to the shop for some crack repairs. The owner had a tragic strap malfunction and the guitar fell and landed squarely on the binding of the lower bout. In this photo you can clearly see the rib crack. It runs from the output jacks...

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