What happens when a guitar gets dried out? Here's one example. Aside from cracks like the one shown here, the critical geometry is affected. This makes any setup adjustments difficult. There are many different pieces of wood glued together … [Read more...] about Humidity Discussion
Custom Sound has two talented luthiers to advise and assist you with repairs and information about the functioning of your instrument. Adam Frumhoff, the resident luthier, and Ryan Elewaut, owner and head luthier at Custom Sound are available … [Read more...] about Instrument Care
This was a gorgeous, vintage 1965 Martin D12-35. I bought the guitar knowing it needed complete restoration treatment. It sold after the restoration was complete. The Brazilian Rosewood back and sides were beautiful. Below you can see the … [Read more...] about Restoring a Vintage Martin D12-35
You may be wondering, why so many clamps? I had to remove the back (which was already lifting in various places around the seam) on this Kamaka ukulele to replace a back-brace and reglue another brace on the underside of the top. This is a … [Read more...] about Glue that Back back on!
Just thought I might make mention of Mr. Danny Gatton here. The only thing I can say about this guy, whenever he comes up in conversation... WOW! A true virtuoso. If you've never heard of Danny Gatton, this is a must watch. People like this are on a … [Read more...] about Freakishly Good
Here is a repair I did a few years ago, a report I'm re-posting for the new site here. I replaced the bridge foot on this Stiver mandolin after fabricating the new one from an ebony blank. The need for this repair was due to a typical northern … [Read more...] about Mandolin Acclimation
I'm going back through the old blog and re-posting some cool past projects. We're mostly just moving a bunch of the good content from our older blog up onto the new platform here. This post shows a couple pics from the worst headstock fracture I … [Read more...] about An Oldie but a Goodie