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  • Gibson Blues King Electro guitar repair

    Blues King Electro in for crack 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.
    Gibson rib crack In this photo you can clearly see the rib crack. It runs from the output jacks at the base all the way to the waist.
    Gibson top crack As you can see, the top of the guitar took a bit of a beating as well.
    Mixing the glue Step one for this repair is to mix up a fresh batch of hot hide glue. I find this to be the best possible glue for crack repairs. It is extremely strong, penetrates deep with capillary action, and is nearly invisible when it drys.
    gluing the crack I use quick clamps with waxed pads to clamp the crack being extremely careful to keep both sides of the crack level.
    tape marks the spot Here you can see I am using painter's tape to map out the locations for the reinforcing cleats that will be glued to the inside of the rib.

     

    Cleaning up the squeeze out inside the guitar Looking on the inside, you can easily see how the glue penetrated the crack. This squeeze out will prevent the spruce cleats from gluing flat on the inside, so I am using an extremely strong magnet wrapped in sandpaper to clean it up.
    This is the result of the clean up. This is the result of the clean up.
    cleats going in guitar And here is what the first round of cleats look like being magnetically clamped on the inside.
    And here is what it looks like from the outside. And here is what it looks like from the outside.
    More cleats The second round of cleats are installed in the same way. I do them in two steps like this so that the powerful magnets don't get too close together and interfere with each other.
    Starting the retouch Time to start the retouch. First I start by cleaning the area, sealing it with hot hide glue and then softening the edges of the crack with acetone.
    color matched drop fill Next I mix up a custom color to match the existing amber lacquer. Then I just start building it up to level the crack. This is the first round of drop fill. I will have to repeat this process many many times as the lacquer drys and shrinks back.
    The Lacquer is all polished up Sorry I miss a few photos of the drop fill process, but this is a close-up of the spot after the lacquer is leveled and polished.
    And this is finished result of the repaired top. And this is finished result of the repaired top.
    Just in case you were wondering how the rib turned out, here it is after touch-up. Just in case you were wondering how the rib turned out, here it is after touch-up.

     

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  • Gibson L4 refret

    Here is what the customer has to say about his experience ...

    "The L-4 is an awesome sounding guitar finally at its potential. So rich and strong. Plays well too, nice work on the [new] fret ends. Thanks for making it get through its last steps to maximal tone."

    Old worn frets, too low to relevel Old worn frets, too low to relevel
    Pulling old frets with soldering iron fret puller and a lot of patience Pulling old frets with soldering iron fret puller and a lot of patience
    Frets are out, board is dressed and polished and slots are cleaned out Frets are out, board is dressed and polished and slots are cleaned out
    New frets are bent, cut and installed with a touch of hot hide glue New frets are bent, cut and installed with a touch of hot hide glue
    Frets are leveled, beveled and crowned Frets are leveled, beveled and crowned
    All polished up with micromesh All polished up with micromesh
    And finally an new bone nut to complete the job And finally an new bone nut to complete the job

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