Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

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Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:08 am

Often people sand the fretboard to remove the divots when they are doing a refret. Frank's method has the advantage of building up the divoted area rather than removing a lot of wood. To some they don't pose a problem, to others they are annoying. With today's penchant for relicked finishes it makes as much sense to leave them as remove them. Owner's choice. But it's always good to know various methods to do things, so you can pick what is right for you.
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Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Postby Steven Smith » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:31 pm

Clay Schaeffer wrote:Often people sand the fretboard to remove the divots when they are doing a refret. Frank's method has the advantage of building up the divoted area rather than removing a lot of wood. To some they don't pose a problem, to others they are annoying. With today's penchant for relicked finishes it makes as much sense to leave them as remove them. Owner's choice. But it's always good to know various methods to do things, so you can pick what is right for you.


Frank's method works very well and allows you to clean up and level the fretboard with minimal sanding. I don't worry about all the divots (unless that is the client's wish), I just take care of the large craters.
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Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Postby Roger Rosenberger » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:13 pm

I see my original pics are gone. Tinypic closed down. So here they are again.
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Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Postby Roger Rosenberger » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:30 pm

So I finally got a little time to work on this. It's going to a long process since I only have a couple hours a week at the most to work on it.
I took a closer look and noticed there was an oak dowel rod in the heel. It was what I was afraid it might be, somebody put a big wood screw in the heel.
I drilled out the dowel but couldn't get the screw to move so I drilled out the center of screw to get it out. More work!
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I removed the back and see more evidence that they used a chemical stripper at some point. The old finish dripped through the F holes on to the back.
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Lots of work ahead.
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