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Bridge reglue :: 1961 Martin OO-18G

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Bridge reglue :: 1961 Martin OO-18G

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.

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Shim saddle :: Ibanez GA6CE-AM [4.5 lbs]

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Shim saddle :: Ibanez GA6CE-AM [4.5 lbs]

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.

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1969 Guild Mark III classical :: bridge reglue, new bone saddle & tuners remounted

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1969 Guild Mark III classical :: bridge reglue, new bone saddle & tuners remounted

1969 Guild Mark III classical :: bridge reglue, new bone saddle & tuners remounted.  This guitar came into the shop with the bridge fully removed and severe top damage in front of the bass-side wing.  I’m not sure if it was caused by an amateur bridge removal or the possibility of having steel strings at some point in its life.  Maybe it was left in a hot car and the glue softened enough to fail catastrophically?  Anyways, I refit and glued the bridge (look at that Brazilian rosewood!) with hide glue and made a new bone saddle.  The top damaged was sealed with shellac.  The tuners were missing most of the mounting screws and the few remaining ones were stripped out.  I plugged and redrilled the screw holes and used new screws to secure the tuners.

1969 Guild Mark III classical :: bridge reglue, new bone saddle & tuners remounted.

This guitar came into the shop with the bridge fully removed and severe top damage in front of the bass-side wing.  I’m not sure if it was caused by an amateur bridge removal or the possibility of having steel strings at some point in its life.  Maybe it was left in a hot car and the glue softened enough to fail catastrophically?  Anyways, I refit and glued the bridge (look at that Brazilian rosewood!) with hide glue and made a new bone saddle.  The top damaged was sealed with shellac.  The tuners were missing most of the mounting screws and the few remaining ones were stripped out.  I plugged and redrilled the screw holes and used new screws to secure the tuners.

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