The center seam on the back was open and needed to be glued and supported. Most acoustic guitars have an internal "seam strip" that reinforces the glue joint of the two halves of the back. This model does not so I needed to fit and install a couple to keep the joint closed. One ran from the neck block to the first brace and another between the first and second back braces. Note that Tacoma uses an upper bout soundhole so these repairs were a little more difficult to pull off versus a traditional soundhole.
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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:
2006 Tacoma RM6C [4.6 lbs] :: bridge pins & setup.
The original plastic bridge pins were mangled and needed to be replaced. I had to use oversize ebony bridge pins to fit properly as the replacement bone pins I had were too small. Once the new pins were fit, the guitar was set up for open E [EBEG#BE].
2006 Tacoma RM6C :: bridge pin abuse.
Someone did a number on these mutilated plastic bridge pins. They look like they were pounded in with a hammer and removed with Vise-Grips. There is no relief underneath the pin heads making string changes a chore. Time for new bone pins. The bridge pin holes will also be properly countersunk to ease in future removal.
Builds, repairs and finish work to get caught up on in the last few remaining weeks of the year. 2014 ... where did you go?