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by Mario Kessels
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

Good feedback David. especially what you are saying about putting splines, where I just replace wood with wood. The glue surface angles are so shallow that the grain is long enough and the glue joint strong. To make it stronger i have to do a bs or do the cf thing. I have got the cf, epoxy and peelp...
by Mario Kessels
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

I have agreed to put some reinforcements in. I have done this before on similar neck repairs. Did it by hand those times, cut out 2 slots and inlayed splines. I am wondering whether or not to make a jig to use the router for cutting the slots. Is it worth it? Does it make a difference really ? I gue...
by Mario Kessels
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

Spent some (a lot) of time this today on reshaping the neck. Worked quite well, it looks ok I think. I am not sure whether or not to install some reinforcements now. I learned 2 things today: 1) Plan how you have the grain running with regards to preference of shaping later in. Towards the headstock...
by Mario Kessels
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

Created some space for the washer and the nut
by Mario Kessels
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

i am not familiar with backstraps. i assume its a reinforcement by applying a sheet or multiple sheets of carbon fiber? I do have carbon fiber since i have worked with it before on bikes. I have done prior reinforcements with wooden inlays. Maybe that is the easiest way to follow here. On the other ...
by Mario Kessels
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

Thanks Barry. Should work like this. and the original headstock can stay on. Do you see any problems I am forgetting about at this moment?
by Mario Kessels
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

And some more progress. I still have good hope this works out. .
by Mario Kessels
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

It is some custom 355 Brian. The client bought it in the US and I guess he took it home without loosening the strings. In the airport the baggage handlers together with gravity probably did the rest... This is one of those projects that financially are not very interesting but we all kind of love I ...
by Mario Kessels
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

some update. Still hoping my method is going to work guys
by Mario Kessels
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

Thank you guys for the input. I am first going to attempt the way I described. If this doesnt work I will do a new neck. Gibsons are the best guitars ever made for Luthiers :)
by Mario Kessels
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

My idea is this: ( I hope I can sort of make it clear without drawing the thing out) There are 2 pieces as shown on the picture that fit under the headstick plate. First I want to glue these 2 back. This will bring the plate and binding that are bended slichtly upward back to level again. These 2 pi...
by Mario Kessels
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 7243

Gibson lost his head(stock)

Hello my friends, I got a new project in the shop. This client bought a great guitar in the US and when he arrived here on the airport he had a puzzle left…
How to attack this one. I got a plan but want to check it first with you guys just to make sure I have the right idea.
by Mario Kessels
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Who knows how neck is attached on Fender Tim Armstrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 2713

Re: Who knows how neck is attached on Fender Tim Armstrong?

got some pics to show what I was talking about.
I am not sure which glue to use here. I have doubts using hide glue since parts of the joint will be lacquer covered. Hate to use epoxy but it might be my only chance here?
by Mario Kessels
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Who knows how neck is attached on Fender Tim Armstrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 2713

Re: Who knows how neck is attached on Fender Tim Armstrong?

Well I have figured it out now. After removing the fretboard part i started working on the heel. On the point that I felt it was time to push the heel out with the heel removal jig I started doing just that. Normally I tighten the big ‘bolt’ to put more pressure on the heel and then it just slides o...
by Mario Kessels
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: How To Clean Vintage Guitar with Nitro Finish???
Replies: 12
Views: 6924

Re: How To Clean Vintage Guitar with Nitro Finish???

Good to hear the Naptha worked. My experience with the older NC finishes where the NC has gone 'soft' is that the naptha does not do a good job and leaves a white-ish residue. I have used other products with good results but these will stay in cracks so will not work for you here. For mineral spirit...
by Mario Kessels
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repair of 1975 Gibson J-45
Replies: 77
Views: 30951

Re: Repair of 1975 Gibson J-45

Great repair. Nice to see the use of the copper sticks, I always dislike the use of my SM steam needle ans was wondering if it would be worth changing to this kind of operation.
Great craftsmanship