Oh shit

Oh shit

Step one: removing broken neck.

Step one: removing broken neck.

Gluing up the neck.  It reset perfectly.

Gluing up the neck. It reset perfectly.

Removing the top.

Removing the top.

dismantling $300 of electrics 
(they still work - yeay)

dismantling $300 of electrics (they still work - yeay)

Open heart surgery

Open heart surgery

The new cedar top.  Made from an old boat seat.
Wood like this is very hard to come by but there it was sitting in the corner of my workshop - waiting.

The new cedar top. Made from an old boat seat. Wood like this is very hard to come by but there it was sitting in the corner of my workshop - waiting.

Adding new curfing to the sides (the new top will be glued on to these pieces)

Adding new curfing to the sides (the new top will be glued on to these pieces)

I'm smiling because I love working on my guitar - it brings me great peace.  But I don't think I would feel this way at all if my luthier friend James wasn't guiding and helping me through.

This photo doesn't really reveal anything of the complexity that had just happened.  A 5" section at the back of the guitar was smashed up quite badly and the wood was buckled.  There are many other clamps inside the guitar that you can't see here - this glue up took about an hour and we scavenged bracing from the old top to bring the cracks back into an even plane. 

The new cedar solid top.  Notice the screw holes from when she was part of a boat.

The new cedar solid top. Notice the screw holes from when she was part of a boat.

The sound hole rosette is made of walnut.  It was cut by a laser cutter and a CNC cut the groove in the cedar top.  

One more thing - when you tap the solid top it sounds rich and melodic.

The sound hole rosette is made of walnut. It was cut by a laser cutter and a CNC cut the groove in the cedar top.

One more thing - when you tap the solid top it sounds rich and melodic.

The bracing being vacuum clamped onto the curved new cedar top.

The bracing being vacuum clamped onto the curved new cedar top.

This is Jame Island, the luthier who taught me everything you see here.

www.jamesisland.blue

James had this binding lying around his shop for years (he doesn't use plastic binding but this is what mine was).

He had just one strip of it (to make a guitar you need 2) - it fit my guitar perfectly with only 3/4" left over.   

taping on the side binding.

taping on the side binding.

Glueing on the bridge & ensuring that the pre-existing saddle was in exactly the correct position.

Glueing on the bridge & ensuring that the pre-existing saddle was in exactly the correct position.

Prayers as the neck is reattached & glued.
She became whole once again.  
And she felt different as a result.

The alter with 3 specific prayers =  
St Francis, 
the cedar tree that is the solid top & 
deer medicine.

Prayers as the neck is reattached & glued. She became whole once again.
And she felt different as a result.

The alter with 3 specific prayers =
St Francis, the cedar tree that is the solid top & deer medicine.

Tuning her up to pitch.

Tuning her up to pitch.

I'm humbled and speechless but the smile says it all.  What in incredible gift!

I'm humbled and speechless but the smile says it all. What in incredible gift!