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Restoration of the Marco Fiume Silvertone Espanada

The Silvertone and Harmony Espanada guitars were part of the Artist Jazz archtop family of instruments which included the H-62, H-63, H-64 and 1427 model variations. This guitar once belonged to the late, great West Coast blues guitarist Marco Fiume, … Continue reading

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1961 Gibson SG – Repair of Jack Hole Damage

This vintage Gibson SG suffered fracturing, tearing and lifting of its top wood after an accident with a guitar cord. Honduras Mahogany splints were fabricated to replace any missing or badly damaged wood around the jack hole area, and after … Continue reading

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Les Paul Deluxe Neck Restoration

The headstock on this vintage Les Paul Deluxe had suffered a near complete break with multiple fractures to the surrounding wood. A well meaning woodworker re-glued the headstock to the neck, and then carved out any severely damaged and compressed … Continue reading

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Bacon Peerless Banjo Repair

This instrument was manufactured at the Bacon Banjo Company’s Groton Connecticut factory around 1925, and had a non-reinforced laminated maple neck, with a simple, non laminated dowel stick to attach it to the Banjo’s “pot”, or laminated wooden rim. Many … Continue reading

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1966 Gibson ES-330 Guitar Neck Repair

Prior attempts at correcting a variety of neck issues had completely savaged this instrument’s fret board, rendering it unplayable. Examination of the neck after removal of the fret board revealed hairline fractures along the length of the neck, which were … Continue reading

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The Pete Kanaras Blues Band

Over the last three decades, renowned Blues guitarist Pete Kanaras has performed with a who’s who list of internationally acclaimed roots music celebrities. The Pete Kanaras Blues Band is spellbinding audiences at The Cat’s eye Pub, in the Fells Point … Continue reading

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Re-Fretting a Guitar

The two most popular means of fret installation are the Hammer-In and Press-In methods. The technique of using a hammer to install frets requires years of experience and great skill, while the second option is somewhat amateurish, and requires nothing … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Modern Frets

Throughout history, frets have evolved from strands of sinew tied to the necks of primitively hewn instruments, to strips of bone and ivory, pieces of solid silver, brass and bronze, and now, specially compounded wire which is extruded through shaping … Continue reading

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Preparing An Instrument For The Installation Of Frets

The Primary Commandment Of Lutherie: “Preparation…Preparation….Preparation” Reading The Neck In a prior article, we learned about how wood responds to the five natural forces. We also learned that wood is not a predictable, or consistent medium, and that successive planks … Continue reading

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