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Fretworks’ Projects

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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Silvertone Archtop Restoration

The Harmony Musical Instrument Company produced stringed instruments under a variety of “house brands”, including Silvertone, SS Stewart, La Scala, Sovereign, Vogue, Valencia, Johnny Marvin, Monterey and others. The Silvertone Model 1427 is a thin line version of the full … Continue reading

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Martin 0028 Repair

The upper treble bout of this Martin instrument had suffered a severe inward compression dent with multiple grain fractures. Fortunately all the wood was still intact, and there was no damage to the inside lining strips, or the kerfing. I … Continue reading

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New Bridge for Dreadnaught Guitar

The Ebony bridge broke loose from this beautiful custom made Dreadnaught guitar, splintering and tearing away pieces of its Sitka spruce top. In order to hide the extensive patch and splice work needed to replace the missing top wood, an … Continue reading

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Vintage Gibson L-4 Restoration

The instrument arrived in our shop with serious neck issues, loose interior braces and missing parts. The guitar appeared to suffer from decades of neglect; the top finish was marred and scratched, and most of the inlays were worn through … Continue reading

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