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Bass side top crack :: 1997 Santa Cruz 000

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Bass side top crack :: 1997 Santa Cruz 000

The treble side top crack running from the high e to the tail was repaired.  Now it's time for the bass side crack running from the A string bridge pin hole to the tail.  This crack was repaired before by another repair person, then repaired by myself using the standard cleating method (small rectangular cleats).  Since this guitar is exposed to less-than-ideal conditions, I'm removing the old cleats and re-repairing this crack with TJ Thompson's full cleat method.

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Humidity top cracks :: 1997 Santa Cruz 000

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Humidity top cracks :: 1997 Santa Cruz 000

A late 90's 000 from my alma mater, Santa Cruz Guitar Company.  I've always loved their 000's and wish I would have built one when I was working there.  This one has been in the shop before needing a neck reset and top crack repair.  Now it's in for a new nut and some more structural TLC.  I already addressed a few loose back braces.  Here I'm repairing one of two top cracks running from the bridge to the tail using TJ Thompson's cleating method.  Stay tuned for the other top crack repair.

Crack repair from the daily videos.

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Loose back braces :: 1997 Santa Cruz 000

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Loose back braces :: 1997 Santa Cruz 000

This late 90's SCGC has been in the shop before and is back in for more structural issues.  Two nagging top cracks need to be addressed along with a few loose back braces.  Below is a video of gluing up the rear treble side back brace end.

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Headstock build :: Chubbuck Mousa 003

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Headstock build :: Chubbuck Mousa 003

This is from a couple weeks ago.  Here I'm clamping the headstock overlay on Mousa 003 neck build. I learned from my days at Santa Cruz Guitars to pre-bind the overlay before you glue it to the neck. Then you can use the headplate overlay as a routing template to shape the peghead. Pretty slick.

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