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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This guy was finally picked up after 2 years (!). I reglued the bridge, repaired a split in the headstock and glued up a loose tailblock-to-top seam. There was also a loose top brace and the undersaddle pickup was humming so it needed to be replaced.
Quick video originally posted on my snapchat (@chubbuckguitars) and shared to IG:
100 Year Old Restoration :: Lyon & Healy Bowl Back Mandolin [1.3 lbs]
Whew! Finally finished up this ~100 year old mandolin restoration a couple weeks ago. Let's see ... neck & fingerboard reglue, missing soundhole pieces, cracked / loose top bracing, loose back ribs, new inlayed pickguard (courtesy of Dave Nichols Custom Pearl Inlay), new bridge and properly spaced new tuners (peghead had to be bunged & redrilled). A lot of hours into this little fella. Excited to drop it off to it's new owner. I went to high school with him in PA and this was his grandmother's mandolin. Always an honor to work on family heirlooms.
Until I gather everything into a single blog post, you can check out the previous progress of this project here.
Back crack repairs :: Breedlove AD25/SM
Late night clamp party on the airline damaged Breedlove. The back and sides in this area are connected again, so moving onto this back crack and loose brace. The feeler-gauge-on-a-stick was used to get glue under the brace and clamped with a brace jack inside. The suction cup helped work glue into the crack. Finally plexiglas and clamps to close and hold everything together.
1958 Gibson LG-0 [3.7 lbs] :: Loose back braces & center seam
This 57 year old Gibson has some minor back issues involving multiple loose braces and an open center seam from block-to-block. The back does not have an internal center seam reinforcement to keep the joint closed and I opted to not install any cleats. The reinforcement cleats were omitted as the guitar will be for sale and I did not want to potentially devalue the owner's mostly-original guitar.