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I thought I would share with you all that there will be a Luthier built guitar show in Ottawa, Canada this summer. Over 30 builders from all over the country, and the world, will be showcasing their instruments on June 29th. There will be quite a few acoustic builders, but still plenty of electrics.

Here is the show Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/OttawaGuitarShow

I thought I would share with you all that there will be a Luthier built guitar show in Ottawa, Canada this summer. Over 30 builders from all over the country, and the world, will be showcasing their instruments on June 29th. There will be quite a few acoustic builders, but still plenty of electrics.

Here is the show Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/OttawaGuitarShow

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I had to get a little a little creative, and was a little lucky with this repair. It was an old Stuart archtop guitar, and it had three loose braces. Most archtops these days have pickups on them, so that gives you a few more options for accessing those braces, but this is an old timer, and all I had to get in there was the little f-holes. The one thing that made me lucky was the position of the braces, and I had the clamps that allowed me to get in there and clamp them back on, but how would I get glue in there?

I used a heat gun to bend a pipette, which would allow me to get glue to the braces, but that wouldn't allow me to get glue under the braces. First, I injected a little bit of ethanol between the braces. The ethanol evaporates quite fast, but is also liquid enough to get in all the nooks and crannies. Then, I injected some lightly watered down PVA glue. The ethanol literally sucks the glue into the grain, so there I had it, glue under the braces, I just had to clamp them down.

I talk to as many different specialists as I can. I learned this trick from the head of antique restorations from our Museum of Fine Arts. It's a very useful trick, but you have to watch what finish you're using it with. High concentration ethanol is a fine solvent!
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I just posted an article on neck resets on my site. Warning: it's nerdy!

http://www.ottawaguitarrepair.com/services/neck-reset

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I finished this refret yesterday evening. This Strat had a figured ebony fingerboard with lots of curl in it. It's a gorgeous piece, but it also means it was covered in run out grain, so removing the original frets was... Interesting. Turned out great and the new hipshot bridge really made it sound better to. 
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The latest madness from the Weston Instruments labs: An LED fingerboard conversion on a Fender Stu Hamm Urge II Bass. This customer came to with a simple question: Can I do it?

I removed the original fingerboard and made a new one out of ebony. I bound it with white plastic binding and fretted it with stainless steel. I also made the mirror pick guard for it.

#Guitar   #bassguitar   #fender   #fenderguitar   #customguitars  
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2014-01-18
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The latest madness from the Weston Instruments labs: An LED fingerboard conversion on a Fender Stu Hamm Urge II Bass. This customer came to with a simple question: Can I do it?

I removed the original fingerboard and made a new one out of ebony. I bound it with white plastic binding and fretted it with stainless steel. I also made the mirror pick guard for it.

#Guitar   #bassguitar   #fender   #fenderguitar   #customguitars  
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2014-01-18
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The latest madness from the Weston Instruments labs: An LED fingerboard conversion on a Fender Stu Hamm Urge II Bass. This customer came to with a simple question: Can I do it?

I removed the original fingerboard and made a new one out of ebony. I bound it with white plastic binding and fretted it with stainless steel. I also made the mirror pick guard for it.

#Guitar   #bassguitar   #fender   #fenderguitar   #customguitars  
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2014-01-18
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An interesting creature came in this week: a Roland guitar. I love '80's guitars, they're always crazy. I've also been putting the frets into the LED bass today. Getting close to the finish line.
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The B-20 needed a bridge plate re-enforcement after I patched the bridge pin holes. I mapped out the bracing pattern with masking tape on the top, and made a small maple bridge plate to re-enforce the old one, which was cracked. Remember, I chose this course of action because the old bridge plate could not be removed without removing the top first.
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