Howdy. As you can see from the pictures my late 50's 000 has a large hole in it. I am considering fixing it myself. My idea is to trim the (horizontal) long sides with a razor blade and try to match the short edges on the patch. I plan to prebend before trimming the patch to match the (vertical) short side-jagged ends on the sides with chisel and dremel shaping. Looking for candid opinions or advice. I have a large sized piece of sapele and hope to make a patch with grain and color that doesn't look obvious. I have OK wood working skills and have painted my share of guitars. The guitar is playable, but I am afraid the hole might effect the sound. Thank you in advance.

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I usually make the patch oversized , then chamfer the edges of hole and patch , so the patch is dropping into a tapered hole , then you sand it till it fits perfectly , use titebond or hide glue and afterwards glue some cleats across inside . Grain fill the patch then clear lacquer , then tinted lacquer in shades till it matches .

Thank you so much Len. Your approach is consistent with other I have read and pics I have seen. What do you think is the part of this repair that will require the most skill or patience. Also what do you use to chamfer the edge?

Bending the wood is the hardest part , maybe use a steam iron then clamp it into a curve overnight .

When I said "sand it till it fits" i mean sand the edges of the patch until it fits in flush .

Have you made any progress, David?


I took the guitar to a luthier. He showed me the measurements and said the guitar will likely need a neck set. So I strung it up just to check the action and see if the guitar is playable. He was right. Given that the guitar needs a neck reset too, I figure I might as well go all in and have a pro do the job. I appreciate all the advice.-Dave


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