my friend girlfriend found this in the garbage, gave it to me. the neck wack broken off, back split, a mess. i cut the bottom of the fretboard off, glued everything back together and braced the back and front, sanded off the finish, found a tail piece and restrung it. sounds pretty good, a bit sitarish. added a piezo.

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Comment by Mark C on March 8, 2019 at 7:45pm

Nice. New life.

Comment by Scott Schoepf on February 23, 2019 at 9:00pm

That’s an amzing transformation!! Thanks for repair tip, a friend of mine found a violin in the trash and gave it to me for fixin so I’ll put that to use. 

Comment by Daniel Walter on February 22, 2019 at 10:15am

id' like to share a gem of info i learned from my "guitar repair" teacher. many of you may already know this. he was the shops luthier, as well a music teacher. i asked him if i could take repair lessons, one on on, he had never done that, but said ok. soon i was spending my whole hour in his shop. So the gem of info i learned is that on most well made cellos, violins, stand up basses, the middle of the f-hole intersected where the bridge should be. cool. (not so much for guitars) i had said i would be there for whatever he was working on, and ended up helping fix a lot of broken cello necks, but he would pull out a guitar often for my benefit. he let me shape and replace the thumb rest for his favorite 5 string bass. (oh, I asked a lot of questions, as many of you know, he obliged).

Comment by Daniel Walter on February 21, 2019 at 11:09pm

thank you again folks. for some reason my friend nicknamed it the "swan"after his girlfriend found it, fitting i think. 

Comment by Lonman on February 21, 2019 at 7:48pm

what a gem. Great save.

Comment by Uncle John on February 21, 2019 at 7:07pm

That is just breath taking for me.  Love that kind of stuff.  Wonderful save.

Comment by Daniel Walter on February 21, 2019 at 6:33pm

thanks Pick, thanks Dave. This one took a while. i sanded off the finish as mentioned, just oiled the top, put two finishes on the back and sides i didn't like, sanded them both off again, ended up with a light stain and butchers wax. Dave, send me the pieces. Does it look better than this:

Comment by the anonymous pick on February 21, 2019 at 4:00pm

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Dave Lynas on February 21, 2019 at 3:13pm

Beautiful Daniel! I have a Harmony just like it that needs everything you mentioned and then some. I have to completely rebuild it. I have a vintage Elmar flatpup on it though. A rare prototype Vienna Elmar pup. Minnesota winter’s have cracked and separated much of the guitar but it’s worth fixing. It used to sound great!

Comment by Daniel Walter on February 21, 2019 at 12:45pm

opps, typo, neck was broken off. new tuning machines as well.

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