So, here's the deal...and I can't remember if I discussed this in Part 1 or not: This has to be done in time to be taken on a trip to Europe around the first of October. That leaves me VERY little time! Finish cure time is always the thing I forget about. I start budgeting time, and forget that I need nearly two weeks of time for the neck, body, whatever, to just sit. It kills me. So, right now, I have 3 "Thompson" acoustic guitars that I'm helping with Final Assembly (set the neck angle, glue the neck on, make the bridge, glue the bridge on, nut, saddle, bridge pins, frets, and setup) that need to be done ASAP, two Boswell electrics that need about the same level of work as the Thompson guitars before they're done, a Boswell acoustic in final finish that needs to be assembled, a 50's Martin 0-18 restoration project, a turn of the century Washburn (that was in REALLY rough shape) restoration project, several other remedial repair jobs, and of course, Old Smokey here. The problem... they all needed to be done yesterday. So, here's the latest progress on Tim's D-28...
Old Smokey, prepped for surgery.
The completed !962 Gibson ES 335 Re Neck project, with the not-so-original neck and Bigsby.
Not a bad color match.
The famous Gibson headstock, taking shape.
The old and the new.
The 1962 Gibson ES 335 prior to tear down.
So, this is my first repair entry. I'm hoping to keep up much more with this side of my business, along with the regular blog section of the site. I have to say, I enjoy writing, it's more a matter of finding the time to write the stuff I want to write, the way I want to write it! With that said, here's an archtop that a student of the Galloup School of Lutherie made several years back. A local musician owns it now, and has some issues with the neck shape, so, I'm shaving the contour and re-shooting it with lacquer. Not really sure why, but I've done a TON of this very thing lately. It makes me think back to when I was just starting repair work, and how the thought of shaping, and certainly RE shaping a neck was terrifying. Time and experience. It's a lot like playing an F chord the first time (although playing an F chord doesn't bring along with it absolute terror of screwing up a customers instrument). The first time you try it, it feels foreign, and like you're doing it wrong. Now, an F chord is just another chord in the bunch. I don't think about it any more than an A, a G, or a C. Neck work is the same thing now. I have a set of measurements I like to work within, a taper, a shape, and at the same time, a feel. Customers seem to like Boswell necks, so I must be doing something right! It took a long time, and a lot of practice, but it's become repeatable, and predictable. Time and experience.
Ironically, repair work is what got me started, and has been what's sustained my family and I for the past 10 years. Building actually came second. With this page, I plan on getting back to my roots some. I'll be posting repair projects, both pictures and descriptions, and you will have the ability to ask questions, and leave comments. Be kind. I want it to be a bit more interactive than some of the other aspects of this site as a whole. So, stay tuned! This should be getting going in the coming days!