Repair as needed
Refinish as needed
Neck finish is also an overspray and worn off, this will be removed
Neck set seems to be OK
Heel cap needs trimming to profile
Cracks here are visible thru the finish
That's a crack under the finish
I will leave the ones over the heel, no one plays up here on a non cutaway guitar and it will save $$$
Compressing and sealing as I go, the old slots cannot hold wire without some sealer
here is the function of the tape.
When something is broken the tape holds it and gives it memory, so you can shoot in glue, lay it right back where it goes and let it cure
I use 023" teflon dams, the width of a fret slot, to keep glue out while I repair bad areas.
This inlay has to drop 010", its set poorly
Special fret slot saw, bi directional
Oiling up as I go, I like to do one area at a time to completion, less monotonous
Inlay down, cracks sealed on another one
When nothing is on tape, its good
End dress file, 2 sided
Side markers going in
Removing vestige of neck finish
Will leave ot for last on the refinish
Now for this i'll matching sunburst
I wouldn't have chosen these colors for Walnut and will try another, will see if Don approves
Its taking alot of time even with the strongest strip, I deem it 20 mils thick, its poured on basically
Now seeing some real lift after 2 applications
After three, I can do acetone cleanup and go to next half
Some old stains will be covered with the new edge fade
Now that's thick, what a tone killer
All cracks are now sealed
4 on the bottom, 2 on the top treble bout
Scuffing the back and sides
2" Edge fade.
One color, Dark Walnut, to go with the walnut sides better than Black and Amber (Opinion)
Cleaning the bindings from the tint
Sealed, will clean fingerboard and start the clear on the body
Taking on clear
Wetsanding down to 600 and then I will machine buff what areas I can.......
.....the rest is with the profile wheels and pastes
After a couple coats Wax
Fingerboard oiled and buffed, all hardware installed, tuners lubed
Ready to setup
Strings courtesy of www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Guitar is playing well up and
down the neck
There is a little "lift" in the extension and there is one fret down on the extension that is affected by it so I will let it set at tension for a week before I go back into the "Tweak mode".
Its really minor so it all went very well I think and the instrument is much more "User friendly"
It will head on up to Eureka Springs with me an I hope it makes Don and his Pop up in Heaven Happy!.
And my Dad too, shown here on his Epi
And below, Mr. Epi Himself, thanks to him for thinking it up.
Thanks for Watching.