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D35 talk about heat prostration oy!!

This came into the shop yesterday, the owner said he kept this guitar buy a space heater! already repaired once . some crackage as you wound expect . Now complete break of the top  at back of the bridge top pulled UP  big cracks  x brace sections unglued

SO my plan is to  remove bridge plate ,, install a new larger bridge plate so there's  glue surface past the brake to glue the top down to . then glue everything back together and installing a martin repair bridge to cover the break …


Added by peter meyer on December 17, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments

Black Locust / Port Orford Cedar Guitar

Currently working on guitar #3.  The shape is similar to a Gibson Jumbo, but dimensions are close to Martin Dreadnought.  Back and sides are black locust, and top is salvaged Port Orford cedar. with dramatic figure and excellent stiffness.  I installed a wenge end graft, then fought a losing battle with some over-thick wenge binding.  My skills are no match for this stuff, which bent into lumpy curves, broke, stabbed me with nasty splinters and basically gave me the finger at every turn. …


Added by David Breeze on May 19, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Guild F 212 XL

Dear mr. Ford... I've been a fond reader of FRETS.NET and .COM for years... already a member (AKA Twogoodears), but not able to enter the Forum, I signed anew with my name... always an avid 12 strings player and collector, I've another…


Added by Stefano Bertoncello on March 8, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

'74 Epiphone FT-147

Can't figure how to adjust the truss rod. Neither end has any Allen or wrench facility. Any help is appreciated.

Added by Tom martin on February 14, 2016 at 2:50pm — No Comments

old martin 0-17 restore

   I received this project from a friend. It was a pre 1867 Martin 2-17 that was converted to steel string ,  and the issues were many

1 top warp and cracks

2 bad bridge

3 a pile of bridge plates

4 no tuners

 the pluses were

  It was complete and the guitar had potential to be returned to playable condition. The back and side are Brazilian rosewood and no issues.  The dentils inside were in tact ( today they use kerfed lining ) The neck was solid and…


Added by john hall on September 5, 2015 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander

Unsolicited testimonial for anyone looking for a thickness sander:

A well-engineered and well-made tool is a beautiful thing.  SuperMax drum sanders definitely fall into that category.  I stopped into the local Klingspor woodworkers shop a couple of weeks ago, planning to check out the Jet/Performax drum sanders.  They had a Performax 16-32 sander on display, and back to back with it was a SuperMax 19-38.  It made the Performax look cheap.  I wasn't planning on buying…


Added by David Breeze on August 28, 2015 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Broken Telecaster Repair

Several months ago i received this American Vintage Telecaster broken in two pieces and with other cracks along the grain. 

A lot of guys from the group helped with ideas on how to proceed. I'd like to show the method i chose to perform the repair. I hope this could be of use. I'm open to any questions or comments.

Here you can see a very clean separation. I'm a hide glue guy, but I chose Titebond Original for this one since i was afraid i wasn't gonna be fast…


Added by Mario Cardenas on July 7, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

How to Remove Back of Guitar

Howdy. I bought a cheapie acoustic guitar and want to remove the back. Can anyone refer me to a procedure, either in print or video, that would walk me through this. The guitar cost me almost nothing, so it's okay if it doesn't go well, but it could be a good learning experience.


Added by Scott Memmer on April 21, 2015 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Total refret, Fender Stratocaster.

Hello everyone.

A few pictures of a refret I did a couple of months ago.

All feedback is welcome.

Werther Ellerbrock.

Added by Werther Ellerbrock on December 19, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

A replacement saddle made out of bone for a 1970s Ibanez guitar.

This was the first time I ever saw an electric guitar with saddles made out of bone. The 1st string saddle was missing, and it was either replacing it with a conventional metal saddle and have a mismatch, or build one from scratch, which I did. It worked like a charm!

Added by Werther Ellerbrock on December 19, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Truss rod at end of adjustment

Hi all, This is my first post here and I hope someone can give me some ideas about the problem I have.

I have a Lowden 035. It is approximately 10 years old. I recently took some excess relief out of the neck and it is just fine at the moment with just a little relief. At the moment I am very happy with the feel and playability of the instrument.

However, when I tightened the truss rod it seemed to tighten up to a point and then allowed no further adjustment. I…


Added by Steve Bell on September 28, 2014 at 5:03pm — No Comments


Hello Folks

I'm new to this forum, but wanted to ley you all know, & especially Frank Ford whose much used tips & expertise I have employed in my lutherie for so many years.

If this product has been discussed forgive the redundancy.

I know about the Baking soda & super glue thanx to Dan Erlewine, but this stuff is over the top for filling crack, nut repair, etc.

RapidFix is amazing cyanoacrylate. keeps for 12 months bonds super fast w/o an activator,…


Added by Luke Lorge on September 22, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

adapting Artist mid size Ovation bowl for endpin jack

I wanted to ask if it is possible and practical to install and active endpin strapjack into an early 70's Ovation Lyrachord matte finish bowl; since there is no end block.

I am new to his site; thanks for your responses.

Ron Cartlidge

Added by Ronald Cartlidge on August 1, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Weymann Guitar, info sought.

I have a Weymann guitar and am seeking information regarding it's history.   This instrument belonged to my father who passed on in 1991.  I believe he purchased the guitar in Philadelphia sometime prior to WWII.  I'd like to know more about tho guitar.  Other than the maker's nameplate in the back of the neck there are a series of numbers stamped into the top of the neck above the tuning pegs.  The numbers are, 16602 (over) 30 (see photo).

I can provide additional photos to…


Added by Jim Diedrich on April 3, 2014 at 8:20am — No Comments

"Power Pins" anyone?

OK, so I'm always a little naturally suspicious of anything that changes the physics of the guitar as we know it.

Recently there's been a decent advertising splash in the guitar mags for "Power Pins" manufactured by Bigrock Engineering, that describe a new way to anchor strings to the bridge.  A big benefit is said to be the protection of the bridgeplate.

In one of their…


Added by Mike Kolb on October 24, 2013 at 10:37am — No Comments

Banjo fith string capo spike?

What way should the open part of the spike go ? Toward the fifth or the first string ?? I have seen both ways. First time for me, want to get it right

Added by Peter A Hughes on October 1, 2013 at 6:13pm — No Comments

For Muscle Building Bicep Workout Building.

Sometimes body builders will cut carbohydrates drastically in an effort to boost vascularity, this is a hope for the skinny persons, finally they find proper way to be strong as some body else. For women, building pectoral muscles exercises can also be performed using a bench with a shoulder hanging off, and alternate lifting the arm forward and backwards. Working out will do nothing if you do not provide the body using the nutrition it must build muscle… Continue

Added by Liza Regalado on August 21, 2013 at 7:31pm — No Comments

dread backs

 I have a tech question about dread backs.  ive been a finish carpenter for over thirty year and played guitar since the 8th grade. a few years ago i couldnt afford the guitar i wanted so i decide to make it.  Ive made 20 over the last 5 or 6 years, usually 4 at a time, every summer, because my shop isnt climate controlled.  Mostly handcarved archtops. and a couple dreads.  i started 4 dreads last year and ran out of warm weather so i put the 4 backs that i had braced away till spring. when…


Added by dan parsons on April 6, 2013 at 4:24pm — No Comments

1994 tex mex special tele 5-way super switch wiring help


I'm Josh and I 'm totally new to the forum. I'm currently working on a friends 94 tex mex special telecaster with a 5 -way single wafer super switch. It has a standard tele bridge single coil, and a four conductor humbucker in the neck. The previous owner had taken the factory Fender humbucker out and installed a Gibson humbucker, which he had wired as a three way. My goal is to return it to factory specs. This is proving to be a little trickier than I had previously thought it…


Added by Joshua Simpson on February 28, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Has anyone used "Super-Soft 2" veneer softener to bend sides?

I discovered this product while researching wood veneer and found info on it at


The manufacturer claims "We have heard of good results from luthiers who use the softener to make some species of thin lumber more bendable."

Look at the attached photo. This is the caption that goes with it from the…


Added by Allen Sandberg on February 27, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments

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