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by Paul Breen
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Homemade flush cut/ veneer saw
Replies: 8
Views: 4541

Re: Homemade flush cut/ veneer saw

Clever, thanks for sharing.
by Paul Breen
Wed Aug 11, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Metal resonator "Body only" or damaged for parts instrument for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 3254

Re: Metal resonator "Body only" or damaged for parts instrument for sale

Stewart MacDonald used to have an article in Trade Secrets, Al Rorick's do it yourself resophonic guitar, a 20's wood bodied, Triolian inspired design. It is no longer posted in the Trade Secrets at Stew Mac but I Googled and found links. An alternative to a metal bodied build. There are 3 parts. ht...
by Paul Breen
Mon Aug 09, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Metal resonator "Body only" or damaged for parts instrument for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 3254

Re: Metal resonator "Body only" or damaged for parts instrument for sale

You could try your own hand at building from scratch. Some good information in the library in the guitar page 2 section, resonator instruments. This one is rather comprehensive already and there is more if you go look.

http://www.mimf.com/old-lib/paulick_build_tricone.htm by member Chris Paulick
by Paul Breen
Sun May 09, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

Thought about this after I posted that, to answer your question better, I should have mentioned that I did consider an overlay on the back of the head stock. The carbon fiber splint repair and head plate overlay is strong enough without doing the back. It didn't need it and didn't have one originall...
by Paul Breen
Sun May 09, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

Keith Howell wrote:
Sun May 09, 2021 4:46 am
Very nice job!

Any reason you didn't put a veneer on the back of the headstock?
Yes, did this project close to give away for a friend feeling a financial pinch from the pandemic. Had enough time invested already!

Thanks all for the replies.
by Paul Breen
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Really bugged
Replies: 3
Views: 2714

Really bugged

I took this mandolin in for repairs and... er... um, a good cleaning. Never had anything like this cross my bench before, the little Black dots and streaks are bug excrement. The mandolin had been hanging on a wall unused for some time and was brought to me to make ready to sell. Structurally, in pr...
by Paul Breen
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Tumbling block Tele body
Replies: 5
Views: 3276

Re: Tumbling block Tele body

Nice! The illusion is full strength with the material choices and orientation. Makes me want to see little people going up those stairs.
by Paul Breen
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 103335

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

By cracky! I've done it again...dead last, next time for sure... Thanks for doing these giveaways!
by Paul Breen
Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Les Paul Gold Top Shattered Neck II
Replies: 20
Views: 9283

Re: Les Paul Gold Top Shattered Neck II

+1 on Barry's comment to remove the finger board. That will give you better access to the break from both sides and more control over aligning the parts.
by Paul Breen
Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin N-20 Folk Guitar repair
Replies: 40
Views: 18402

Re: Martin N-20 Folk Guitar repair

Nice work Barry. I had to go back and look at the original images you posted of the damage, I can't see any sign of repairs to the back or the binding. The work to the top is just barely visible in the image. The owner should be quite pleased I would think. Did your planning with the magnets pan out...
by Paul Breen
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

Thanks Chris,

You should check this out too. I posted a few images of my project over at the Mandolin Cafe and John Hamlett, a skilled builder and repairer, responded with this link of a very similar process of an F2 repair.

https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/thre ... -F2-repair
by Paul Breen
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

Thanks guys. I'm a bit of a sucker for a hard luck case and not afraid of challenges. This one took right around 14 hours, start to final set up but turned out really well. It set up easily and plays quite well, sounds great too! My friend that owns it took up banjo building and I'll likely barter f...
by Paul Breen
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: A 'Harlequin' fiddle
Replies: 16
Views: 6995

Re: A 'Harlequin' fiddle

Playful and very, very nice Alan. Are you planning on making a bow to match?
by Paul Breen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

I stained the bare wood and sprayed it with lacquer. The decision to reinforce with the carbon fiber rod, is the main component that will make this repair enduing. There was quite a bit of wood missing and as can be seen in my images, there was precious little wood to bond too that wasn't end grain....
by Paul Breen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

The overlay is glued on with hot hide glue, shaped and tuner holes drilled though.
19 glue up overlay.jpg
20 glue up overlay 2.jpg
21 truss rod hole.jpg
22 shape overlay.jpg
23 drill tuner holes.jpg
by Paul Breen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

The carbon fiber rod is glued in with West System epoxy. Epoxy is the best adhesive for carbon fiber and bonds well with it. Next step is to make an Ebony face plate to cover the reinforcement work and also add additional strength to the repair. I ordered a stock face plate from LMI and thinned it w...
by Paul Breen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

Pieces have been added, I do some sanding and then get set up to reinforce the head stock with carbon fiber rod. The router jig board is a piece of 1/2" MDF, laminated both sides with plastic laminate. Double stick tape holds quite well to the laminate, keeping my setup simple. 9 add wood to headsto...
by Paul Breen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Re: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

The parts lined up well enough and stayed in place well enough to only require a very simple clamping strategy. The West System epoxy has been thickened with Colloidal Silica and tinted Brown. 5 Clamped front.jpg 6 clamped back.jpg 7 glued headstock face.jpg 8 glued headstock rear.jpg Where wood was...
by Paul Breen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures
Replies: 18
Views: 7643

Saving a headstock that suffered multiple failures

A friend of mine contacted me a little over a year ago about how to fix a bad break head stock that had already been re-glued at least twice before he bought it. It's a 1921 Gibson A mandolin, with a truss rod. He got a great deal on it but was unsure of how to proceed with a headless mandolin in on...
by Paul Breen
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 103335

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Me too please!