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Fixing a Mistake

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When trimming down the edge of my rosewood back after gluing the body up, despite being careful, I caught the edge of a grain and took out about 0.030" more material around the lower bout than my binding will cover up. This extended for an area about 1 1/4" long. After the obligatory "I'm an idiot" ended, I looked at possible solutions.

My first thought was to add a deeper purfling, but I was afraid I'd be removing too much of the glued surface. Looking around my workbench, I found several 'slivers' of rosewood. I eventually found one that, when pressed against the problem are, blended right in.

I used LMI glue and rubber bands to hold it down. After sanding, it is pretty much impossible to see. Only I'll know it is really there.

Hope this helps if you find yourself in a similar situation.


Jun 24, 06 | 7:18 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Sounds like you did it right. A good craftsman learns to hide is mistakes. Once under a finish I am sure it will be fine

Jul 11, 06 | 8:45 pm
Ken Hundley

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There's a good chance that once you use your grain filler, sanding sealer, and finally finish your guitar, you won't be able to find the imperfection you thought you would notice. I had a few glaring errors on mine, even (shufdder) on the soundboard that I, for the life of me, cannot find a year later. In real estate, they call it charm. Its a custom guitar. love it regardless.

Jul 11, 06 | 10:59 pm

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John and Ken,

You guys are right. After a few coats of finish, It's 'gone'.


Jul 23, 06 | 12:17 pm

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I've just done two semesters of a building strings instruments class. I have a EIR / Cedar Jumbo about 1 hour from lacquering.

I've learned LOADS from working under the tutilage of a master Luthier (Sam Irwin of Lowden/Avalon) but the thing that'll stay with me longest?

its amazing the mistakes you can fix and still have a superb instrument at the end of it all!!

Dec 17, 06 | 12:17 am

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