Absence makes the fingers fonder – or more blistered!

An owner of a Specht custom recently wrote in about he and his guitar getting re-acquainted; and how well the instrument worked after such a spell of not being played.

Dude, here is the divine instrument in my kitchen. . . .  The guitar is wonderful now that it is in tune. My fingers have blisters as I have not played for three years! It is sounding so good. ~ Angus

 

The truth is: guitars like this just sound better and better as they age!

 

Guitar Neck Repair

An unfixable broken guitar neck? Not always . . .

Neck broken
Neck after repair

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Warmoth Strat

Here are the parts a customer gave me to put together a “Warmoth” Strat for him. There’s a lot of details in a job like this and It’s never as simple as people may think. All Warmoth maple necks are sprayed with finish. They spray over the fingerboard and frets, so it’s important to do a proper fret dressing, crown polish and machine buff to get the frets in perfect, ready to be played condition.  Before starting, it’s also important to score the finish on the edge of each fret, to ensure that no finish chips off of the fingerboard. Below, you can see the finish coming off the frets.

  • Nice, shiny frets! Nice, shiny frets!
     
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Fret Dressing – Before + After

Here’s a couple close up shots,  before and after fret dressing work. Note the grooves worn into the frets in the first shot. These get worked until silky smooth for ultimate string contact.

Before:

Before fret dress

Deep grooves in the frets prevent smooth bends..

After:

After fret dress

Frets are now smooth, like new again!

Restoring an old Rex Parlor

Recently, I was approached to restore an old Rex Parlor guitar. The customer knew it needed some work and had a rough idea of what he wanted.

“It’ll need tuners, a new bridge, the neck to be set, and some crack repairs. The neck is pretty straight and the frets are good…would you even consider the job? I know that these small body guitars, when badly abused, can be a pain to bring back.”

     

Fixing a Warwick Bass

This came in with a broken truss rod. The pics show the steps to repair and reset this bass.

     

Back to Life After a Party

Here are a few shots of a Taylor that had a bad night at someone’s party. It was quite a journey to bring this guitar back!

Before . . .

After . . .

A Before & After Example

David Grier Plays His Specht Baritone

Wolfdog Baritone

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