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The nice thing about working on these is the come apart
Kenny brought by his little Tacoma Papoose. It is pretty much meant as a travel guitar - but in Kenny's hands it is an amazing instrument. greentacomaapart.jpg (142744 bytes)
This way I can work on the frets on one bench - and the body on another.
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First we'll take a look at the frets - here are the tools I use to put a nice crown on the frets
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You can see the grooves in the frets - there is a good amount pf fret material here - so replacement is not necessary.
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A closer look at those frets - you can see some pretty heavy wear.
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first order business is to level the frets.  The frets are cut to the lowest point of the lowest pit ...
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... and then crowned with a slim taper triangle file.
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Here is a look at a crowned fret.
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This is what it looks like after polishing.
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well crowned and polished frets are a pleasure to play on.
 

On to the body ...

 

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Kenny said he though there was a crack in the back but couldn't find it ...Look hard it's almost invisible.
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there it is - clean through the body - with no real sound hole to speak of on this little puppy - we are going to have to fix it from the outside.
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Pressing gently on the side of the crack - it opens just a bit ... 
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I'll saturate the area to make it a bit more pliable.
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... Lay some glue along the length of the crack ...
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... and work it in with my fingers.  I like to wear surgeons gloves while doing messy work - it allows me to just pull the gloves off and move to something else without having to stop and clean up.
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Here is the crack after a quick wipe - you can see the glue squeeze out.
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I'm clamping up with Plexiglas cauls to keep the crack level.  The glue won't stick to the cauls.
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After the glue was dry, I laid a bead of finish along the length  of the crack to seal it.
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Here is a neat trick - I need to scrape away the finish - but I don't want the full length of the blade to contact the guitar.  
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I'll use my modified razor blade to scrape the finish flush.
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I am careful to hold my disposable scraper very level so I don't cut the surrounding finish.
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A mild buffing out and it's as good as new.

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Here is Kenny's Taylor Twelve String.  Did I tell you that Kenny is brutal on guitars.  He can play just about anything with strings on it - but he ain't gentle.
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Badly pitted frets again
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another look at a
leveled fret. 
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And after crowning and polishing.
Kenny also had a nasty crack in the side of his Taylor 
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This is a clamp designed by Philip Berna - He is a nuclear physicist originally from France.
who better to come up with a really cool clamp.
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These are modular so you can combine them for all sorts of neat uses.
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Like holding Kenny's Taylor on it's side while I take care of the crack.  This way the guitar doesn't move from beginning of the job until completion.
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It holds the guitar in just the right position to glue up a crack in a really difficult spot.
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I've highlighted the crack so you can see it clearly - it is very tight and doesn't move at all - but it does go right through to the other side.
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here is what it looks like after - sorry no during pics - I was busy with the crack and completely forgot to snap a few.

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Ken's Dobro in for a re-fret.

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