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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: 36982

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
by Mario Kessels
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Who knows how neck is attached on Fender Tim Armstrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3455

Who knows how neck is attached on Fender Tim Armstrong?

Dear Friends, I have a guitar in shop where the heel has come loose from the body. It is a Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic. In order to get this fixed it looks like i have to remove the neck. I tried clamping dry as it is now, but the gap will not close, so complete removal of the neck seems a...
by Mario Kessels
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: what scale for drop A??
Replies: 4
Views: 3345

what scale for drop A??

Dear friends. I am thinking of building a drop a guitar for a friend who is in a stoner band.
Any ideas about the ideal scale for this? Maybe even fanned?
I build/ repair professionally btw.
thx Mario
by Mario Kessels
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Help! Stuck with Walden neck reset.
Replies: 2
Views: 4055

Re: Help! Stuck with Walden neck reset.

do the normal thing with steaming the neck off. i have done a few that were glued on with epoxy. It just takes a bit longer. Be patient and at some point it will surrender
by Mario Kessels
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: this crack just won't close up
Replies: 9
Views: 7443

Re: this crack just won't close up

I have the same repair at the moment. It has been a similar month here and I had 6 guitars in within 1 week with tops dat were concave or cracked.. I splint with the ubex tool, that seems to work quite well. But since you have the splint in already that is useless info i guess. The colour matching i...
by Mario Kessels
Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: difficult side crack
Replies: 4
Views: 4119

Re: difficult side crack

the problem is that its really hard to remove the kerfing in a decent manner working through the soundhole. Otherwise that would be the easy solution.
by Mario Kessels
Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: difficult side crack
Replies: 4
Views: 4119

difficult side crack

Hello fellow guitar people, I got a challenging repair where I could use some advice. I got a Martin with a sidecrack, 15-20 cm. Its a nice clean crack which normally doesnt cause to many repair issues but this crack is right along the kerfing. I cannot put the normal inside reinforcement. Putting a...
by Mario Kessels
Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: remove wax from lacquer finish
Replies: 13
Views: 12157

Re: remove wax from lacquer finish

I have been breaking my head finding Naphtha in Holland, till iI found out that the Motip degreaser I have been using for years is Naphta. so there you go, available everywhere I would think.
It just has some 2 propanol added to it, anywhere from 0 to 20 percent.
Grz Mario
by Mario Kessels
Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: How to finish repair on Taylor 310 CE?
Replies: 5
Views: 7583

Re: How to finish repair on Taylor 310 CE?

Ok a little update. The repair has been finished and the result was 9 out of 10 I would say. This is the procedure i followed: 1) After the mechanical repair i dropfilled with polyester 2 k 2) i applied 2 k lacquer ( non polyester) satingloss on the repair area. The match was not good. The shine was...
by Mario Kessels
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: How to finish repair on Taylor 310 CE?
Replies: 5
Views: 7583

How to finish repair on Taylor 310 CE?

Hello from a sunny Holland, I am repairing a damage on a Taylor 310ce. I will need to put some new finish on after the repair. The repair constitutes of taking away little chips of finish and some woodfibre caused by a superficial crack on the outside of the cutaway. The info i have is that it is a ...
by Mario Kessels
Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:07 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?
Replies: 7
Views: 5844

Re: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?

I have drilled in an angle for the others and this works perfect. You will feel when you are in the pocket.
by Mario Kessels
Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: time for polish after nitro finishing
Replies: 9
Views: 7018

Re: time for polish after nitro finishing

i have taken the whole lacquer off. What an incredible waste of time :) The customer wants nitro. Nothing else will do. My preference would be to use a 2k lacquer with some added product to give it the properties nitro has for elasticity for instance. Now I can order some other nc if I can find it h...
by Mario Kessels
Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?
Replies: 7
Views: 5844

Re: Bruno neck reset...how do I get in there without removing the fretboard tongue?

i am doing a few neck resets on old yamahas. the dovetail also ends just short of the 13th fret, which I only found out after I got the neck off. Since I have 4 more of the same on the next one I will drill in an angle, see how that works out.
by Mario Kessels
Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: time for polish after nitro finishing
Replies: 9
Views: 7018

Re: time for polish after nitro finishing

Quite a bit of time has passed and it is still worthless. Not nearly hard enough to do a normal polishing. I consider this one as failed.
by Mario Kessels
Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: neck reset Epiphone FT550
Replies: 2
Views: 2337

neck reset Epiphone FT550

Dear friends, i would like to share with you my experience of a neck reset on an Epiphone FT550. Since i could not find anything that helped me on the internet I am posring this now, hoping the next one of you thinking of doeing this finds this post! I spent a lot of time on this, and the neck just ...
by Mario Kessels
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: time for polish after nitro finishing
Replies: 9
Views: 7018

time for polish after nitro finishing

Dear friends :-) What do you use as time after applying last coat of NC before polishing? I finished one guitar now that just does not seem to harden out like normal. I used plenty of time in between layers. Maybe the lacquer or thinner has a deficiency?? It has not been too warm yet here so that ha...
by Mario Kessels
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Un-fixable buzz on SCGC OM - ArrrrrGH!!
Replies: 20
Views: 9610

Re: Un-fixable buzz on SCGC OM - ArrrrrGH!!

Thats a good outcome. Normally the clients do everything to find a buzz like there is a price to be handed out when found.
In this case its the other way around which is nice!
by Mario Kessels
Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cleaning finish off Strat frets
Replies: 17
Views: 14144

Re: Cleaning finish off Strat frets

there is so many things on Fenders that annoy me working on them. Trusrod access, trem functioning, trussrodinteraction with neck!!, 0.05 trem screws electronica installation, fretboard finishes, pole alignment etc. just wanted to throw in some b%$#%ing :)
its the best sold not so best guitar by far