Hello Frank & the Frets.com community,
I've recently been handed this piece of work. Thoughts, comments, advice?
Basically somebody's grandpa is rolling over in his grave over this one. After
some initial research this is the plan I've devised 2 plans to have it
back in playing condition again:
First off will be the tuners, they will be removed for the entirety of the repair.
1.) Align all splinters to "book-match" headstock & neck pieces to
each other, apply carpenter's wood glue, clamp headstock & neck
pieces together, clean out any "squeeze-out", and let dry for 2 days.
If after drying the headstock doesn't seem sound then:
2.) Route out 2 channels in the back of the headstock/back of the neck that are then filled with solid mahogany braces. This wouldn't be
pretty, but would add structural integrity and is a recommended
technique I've seen demonstrated before in Dan Erelwine's Guitar Repair
Then comes the finish touch-up.
All in all this is going to be a fun learning experience; I can't wait to
I agree; I am thoroughly content with restoring someone's old favorite axe. And this website is a God-send for Luthiers like me who cannot afford to join GAL, or other exclusive Luthier forums. This has a Facebookesque feel about it.
Thanks for all the advice too. I ended up using a heating blanket (as per FF's suggestion) to remove the veneer. But I did however use a Wagner Safe-T Planer for the back of the headstock and it worked like a charm.
This time around was definitely a slow, pricey one. In fact I think I'm out of pocket a little in order to stock up on what I need. But I feel ready if I see this break again in the future.
48 hours... that's pretty good; I'll strive to reach that time frame. I give full credit for the length of time I've taken so far to "tooling-up".
Just in case anybody was interested here is the finished photo from the headstock repair. Everything turned out great and all in all was a fun learning experience.
Trent, is that the original veneer on the peghead? If not, where did you get the Martin logo?
... a bit off topic... Photo number 002 in the original post - Live gladiator sighting! lol