This vintage Martin was picked up this morning after having it's bridge reglued, a couple loose back brace ends secured and an overall cleaning. The owner's mother purchased this guitar for her brand new in 1961 for $160! After 55 years together, she is looking to sell it so please feel free to contact me if you are interested.
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A vintage Martin classical came in with it's bridge removed. I cleaned up the mating surfaces, made a few custom clamping cauls (one internal, three external) and reglued the bridge with hot hide glue.
Low action and loose frets plagued this nylon string with all kinds of buzzes. The loose fret ends were mainly along the treble side of the fingerboard. Many frets could be tapped down while one needed to be clamped and glued. The saddle was shimmed up along with a truss rod adjustment (on a classical?!). Tightening the the output jack finished up the setup.
The fret ends all along the fret ends were loose and lifting so I hammered them back down. This fret was stubborn and would just pop back up like a diving board so it needed to be glued and clamped into submission.
3 Years Later, Return to Stock :: 1960's Goya Classical
This was an experiment to make a 2" wide neck play like a 1 3/4" by radically adjusting the nut spacing. You can check out the original blog post, Small Hands, Big Necks from 2012. The player decided to replace the modified nut (pictured above) with the original. It is reasons like this that I always return anything that I remove from a client's instrument.