The D28 completed, and looking and playing exactly as it should.
Not all crack repairs are created equal.
It's a rare opportunity for any luthier to catch a glimpse like this one. Kevin Ryan is one of the more influential builders of our time, and to get to repair one of his first few, well, it's exciting to say the least!
One helluva before.
The new, and improved "Old Smokey".
The new-old bridge for the 1953 Martin 0-18.
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.