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by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

Thanks for the clarification. I just checked the relief. It was still a little high. Maybe .013 or so. I tightened the truss rod a bit more and brought the relief down until .010” shim stock started to rub the string. I went to frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/NeckAngle/neckangle.html to l...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

I believe that it is a Chet Atkins SST semi-hollow guitar. Pictures attached. I can't see the chambering, but it is. On the neck set: I should have known better, but I was so excited after I strung it up and the head didn't go flying off, I forgot to check it. After reading your post, I did. The tru...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

That's kind of what I figured. This guitar has more sentimental value to my friend than economic. If we had to pay for the time I already have in it --- it is probably more than the guitar is worth --- financially. But you know how we musicians feel about our instruments. Some are priceless. I have ...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

Well, I finally finished the repair. Strung it up with .011-.052 strings, and the repair is holding. Cosmetically, I filled the voids with lacquer. When smoothing out, some of the cracked finish areas that were raised up were leveled down to the reddish primer. Since the finish is poly, and it is my...
by John E Giarrizzo
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

OK. I successfully glued the three pieces together. I used 315 Gram weight Hide glue. The alignment is nearly perfect, or at least acceptable (I hope). Next question. On refinishing and drop filling the cracks and voids. I watched Stew Mac’s video on drop filling. I purchased at my local Woodcraft s...
by John E Giarrizzo
Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

I have decided to do the repair myself (A long somewhat sad story) I successfully removed the misaligned sliver of wood using vinegar and heat. It took a while, but by slowly wiggling a knife in the joint and keeping wet with vinegar and occasionally applying heat, it finally was separated. I then c...
by John E Giarrizzo
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Re: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

2:37 PM 12/28/2015 My repair guy isn't open until tomorrow, so I thought that I would take a look at it and possibly consider trying this repair myself. It seems worse than I originally thought. It appears that this second break occurred separate from the first glued repair. Looks like the first rep...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Another Guitar Headpiece Repair
Replies: 25
Views: 22712

Another Guitar Headpiece Repair

A friend of mine asked me about his broken headpiece. I plan on bringing it to the same guy that did my 12 string in that previous post. But would still like comments from you guys. PROBLEM !!! My friend did exactly what you all advised me not to do. He tried gluing it himself, and it re-broke. And ...
by John E Giarrizzo
Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

Yes. I'm thrilled.

Just came up from my basement studio. My fingers hurt. Can't put it down. Over a month since I had it.
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

7:42 AM 11/22/2015

Thanks to all for giving me good advice.

Thanks to me for taking it.

Got it back from the pro yesterday. I could have never done what he did.
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by John E Giarrizzo
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

Glenn Howland wrote:Was that a one piece neck / headstock? No scarf joint?
I don't know. Edges are stained near black. I will look when the guitar is returned.
by John E Giarrizzo
Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

I brought it to the Pro. He said two to three weeks. He said that he doesn't just use C-clamps. He must have a clamping jig of some sort. He will probably use hide glue. He is also going to touch up or re lacquer the head. I'll post pictures when I get it back. Meanwhile, I got my other "baby" out o...
by John E Giarrizzo
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

I have decided to have a professional do the repair. Not sure on the method he plans on using. What is a "back strap". Should I suggest that instead of or in addition to just gluing the pieces together? Will also look into the tuning machines. In a couple of days. Just got home from hospital. Had do...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

It is a Guild 12 String. Bought it used 35 years ago. Have kept it at concert pitch for all these years. I read somewhere that Guilds were built to take it, as opposed to some recommending lowering the tuning by a whole note to reduce tension. Been thinking on this very traumatic experience all afte...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

Thanks for the quick replies.

I emailed a pro, who has done work for me in the past. He just quoted from the pictures. Although I "think" I can successfully repair it, I am sure he can. Got a decision to make.

Thanks again, guys.
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Re: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

I suppose it's like a surgeon who shouldn't operate on a family member <g> I've restored several guitars and violins, built 24 violins, and one classical guitar. Barry, you may have answered my question. Use Titebond glue. Rotate the broken head back into position and clamp. Is that the proper repai...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Broken Guitar Headpiece repair
Replies: 22
Views: 16999

Broken Guitar Headpiece repair

I am sick about this. My "baby" fell off the guitar stand. I've seen guitars fall before without causing this kind of damage. Don't understand why? How would you guys repair this? Glue and clamp? Add dowels? What kind of glue? Thanks in advance for whatever help you can give. Tempted to bring it to ...
by John E Giarrizzo
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Steinway Upright rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 9434

Re: Steinway Upright rebuild

Steve ---- a man after my own heart.

You accomplished the dream --- the vision that I had for my old piano. Although I built a violin from it's wood, I still have regrets --- am disappointed that I didn't do what you have done.

Well done.
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: How to Rejuvenate Accordion Bellows?
Replies: 5
Views: 7037

Re: How to Rejuvenate Accordion Bellows?

Thanks, Jim.

Checked out that site. Fantastic amount of information. This is a whole new area for me. Nice change of pace.

I'm in the process of disassembling and evaluating what it needs to be functional.