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by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 4
Views: 992

Re: Crack repair

Hot hide glue and rub it in. A bit too late for that now. A serious point about cracks under finish: hide glue shows the least of any glue. CA can make a structural repair, but is more difficult to camouflage. The issue with the CA is it is nearly impossible to reverse it without seriously damaging...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: vintage replacement parts
Replies: 2
Views: 803

vintage replacement parts

Hey everyone. So right now I've got a very interesting little instrument on the bench. It's a 1926 Martin T-18 Tiple. Most of the tuners are in pretty good shape and function quite well. They are arranged 5 on a plate, slotted headstock style. 2 of the individual tuners are missing the gear and the ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Soprano ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 1639

Re: Soprano ukulele

Nice! These 2 instruments look like they must be cousins :D
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"

Got the Email back from Godin. Just in case anyone else wanted to know...

"Hi Ryan,

Seagull guitars have a water based polyurethane finish.

Regards,

Michel Bélanger
support clients/customer service
Godin Guitars"

So there you have it.
by Ryan Mazzocco
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Seagull "Custom Polished Finish"

Hey gang. So this time I have a Seagull S6 original on the bench. First of all, yes I know they aren't worth that much. We sell them at our store so I know what they're worth. But the customer really loves his guitar and is willing to pay the price I quoted. So here we go.... so, here's what happene...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

And finally the (almost) finished product... I used nitro with tobacco tint. Had to go pretty dark to get it to match up. But I think that actually made it easier. Then I scraped the bindings clean leaving a nice bright white which I aged up a little by spraying a bit of amber tinted lacquer to matc...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

Okay, I've been away from this project for a while. finally got back at it and it's about finished up so I thought I'd post and update a little bit. RK93.jpg I got the cleats all put in. now it's time for the splint. I used a piece of Mahogany binding and bent it to fit the side. RK94.jpg then I slo...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Dark spot in sap wood
Replies: 17
Views: 2475

Re: Dark spot in sap wood

Everyone looks at the same thing and sees something different. I look and knowing what caused it I see a badly processed piece of wood with a defect, and I'd reject it. I accept all sorts of things that happen naturally, spalting, grain, colour, but that stain just doesn't appeal to me. I do feel b...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Dark spot in sap wood
Replies: 17
Views: 2475

Re: Dark spot in sap wood

First off, I want to make sure that's I'm not coming across as saying anything negative about the guys at Hibdon. They are super guys that produce a quality product at great prices with superior customer service. I have been in contact with them and they have confirmed that the marks are from the st...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Dark spot in sap wood
Replies: 17
Views: 2475

Re: Dark spot in sap wood

It is interesting that it doesn't show up in the bookmatch. They have about 5 sets up on their website with the same dark spots in the sapwood (probably from the same board) but they mostly show on both halves of the sets. I'm sorry, I don't have any advice, I'm just thinking out loud. Yes, that's ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Dark spot in sap wood
Replies: 17
Views: 2475

Dark spot in sap wood

This guitar is a commission build. The back and side set was specifically picked out by the customer and then I purchased it. I believed the dark spots in the sap wood near the top and bottom of the back pieces were just left over from the stacking/stickering process and were only surface deep. set....
by Ryan Mazzocco
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fret Wire Width
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: Fret Wire Width

Hey Andrew. First off, what has been the feedback from your customers? What do they tend to prefer?
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu May 30, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

Doing good. Are you using clamps to prevent the cleats from spreading the crack open? I'm not. I was going to, but i found that it wasn't spreading and it's more stuff to get in my way when its tight quarters already. I hope I dont regret it, but so far it seems to be working for me. I will say, th...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed May 29, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

And the work continues... That's 8 down, 4 to go. It's going pretty well. I found that I had to adjust the angle on the cleats a bit more. It slowed the work down; fit, modify, fit, modify, fit, glue, clamp, rinse, repeat... but I really started to get into a groove by the end of the day. I should h...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed May 29, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

And now the repair begins.... After new tooling, many attempts at testing and dry fitting the actual repair begins.... RK6.jpg RK7.jpg RK8.jpg RK9.jpg RK91.jpg I'll continue to work my way around the body until I have a cleat every 2 to 3 inches around the body, then I'll start figuring out how to d...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Wed May 29, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

Well, I'm back at it. I got a chance to do some work on this guitar. I also decided to start over and make my cleats over again because I didn't like the shape of the the first ones I made. But First here are a few pictures to show exactly what I'm dealing with here: RK1.jpg RK2.jpg RK3.jpg RK4.jpg ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri May 17, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

Update: Not much to update really, but I'm going on vacation for the next week and wanted to mention what's been going on. I got 3 tuner clamps put together and made up a whole heap of cleats once I got the angle figured out. Next step is to break the old repair apart, clean it out and begin the new...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Sun May 12, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

As expected... very slowly lol it's one of those "back burner" kind of jobs. I test fit a few pieces but haven't found the that sweet spot of the perfect angle quite yet. I think it's going to take a couple tries anyway because about halfway to the waist the kerfing changes to a bit larger size and ...
by Ryan Mazzocco
Fri May 10, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

that's what om doing now. I'm going to take my time with this. the guy isn't in a huge hurry.
by Ryan Mazzocco
Thu May 09, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Archtop side crack
Replies: 33
Views: 5228

Re: arctop side crack

The need for a splint makes it more complicated for sure. But you do the cleats first to get the sides of the crack level. Then clean the crack out and do the splints. Okay then. That sounds like a plan. I honestly do feel a lot better about this now. Thanks for the nudge in the right direction. Wh...