Year of construction 1936
The Martin Archtop F7 looked like this at the beginning.
The neck is removed
The top is removed
A new flat top was build
The top is glued + varnished
... in sunburst + nitro lacquer
with new "vintage bridge"
Artificial aged finish
to keep the "vintage touch", ...
....the bindings are also colored
A customer wants his Archtop Martin guitar convert into a Flattop Steel-String guitar. Here are the individual steps.
Gibson Guitar with heavy topcrack
The braces are loose
Sketching of the destroyed area
Routing of the damaged area
new braces for the top
Reglueing of the braces
Fitting the part
Glueing the part
Stripping the old finish
The top is ready for the finish
The first layer is a transparent laquer
The sunburst ....
The last layer before polishing
Reglueing of the bridge
A Gibson Acoustic Guitar with a haevy top damage.
The sides are ....
..broken in different small pieces
The cracks are glued and fixed with strong magnets
The sides are stabilized by small spruce braces
The small mahogany pieces are fixed ...
...like a puzzle
The destroyed area is sanded ...
... retouched and ....
.... got a finish
that was a real mess ..... but we could help
A customer wants his classical guitar radical modified. We should install a bevel and very deep cutaway.
This has been one of our heaviest damages, but everything has become fine.