Hey everyone, this is my first post after having been made aware of the
site (thanks Ryan) and pouring over it for the last month. What an
So, I've been collecting some of those cheap
40's,50's,60's catalogue guitars over the last few years with the idea
of using them as my first test subjects. I was drawn to these guitars
because they were cheap, they have vibe, they are made of all solid
wood, and they all seem to have been put together with hide glue.
started with the worst of the bunch, a 60's harmony student guitar that
was recently given to me for free because the body basically had cracks
everywhere (got sat on at some point) and the neck is kind of warped
(typical upbow). The nice thing is I have no concerns if I completely
botch some aspect of the repair.
So far I have pulled the bridge and
tuners and glued all of the cracks that I could find. My list of
things I want to do to this guitar is pretty long. It includes resetting
the neck, full refret, reglue one top brace, fingerboard leveling,
restaining fingerboard and trying to somewhat match and stain the body
where the finish and stain have crumbled off, and then of course setting
it up. I'm not sure what order i should go in for my list of repairs.
Was thinking I'd go ahead and steam the neck off next but maybe I
should pull the frets and do the fingerboard leveling first while the
neck is still attached. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.