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Refretting over the body :: Takamine Santa Fe

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Refretting over the body :: Takamine Santa Fe

A Takamine Santa Fe in for new frets.  This fancy contraption is Stew Mac's improved version of a Taylor Fret Buck.  When hammering frets I use a heavy lead shot bag under the neck to make the frets go in easier.  The trouble with hammering in frets over the body is that there is no mass to absorb the hammer blows.  This fret buck has a tongue that goes inside of the soundhole and is tightened up against the bracing under the fingerboard.  I have had great results using this fret buck method.  In the past I would hand hold a heavy steel block under the extension with one hand and knock the frets in with the other.  Awkward, but worked well.

Check out the video below where I'm preparing the new frets for installation.

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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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Lifting bridge :: 2003 Taylor 214

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Lifting bridge :: 2003 Taylor 214

Lifting bridge :: 2003 Taylor 214

Using a Martin Guitars-inspired bridge removal tool from Stewart-MacDonald to pop off this failing bridge.  Before I refit the bridge, two top cracks will be addressed that run the full length from the outer bridge pin holes to the tail.

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