A set-up…a new life


This Ovation look-alike came in for new strings and a general set-up. It was pretty much like Ovation down to the fiber bowl-shaped back.


However, most amusing was the strings’ artwork on the headstock.


The extra length of the strings needs to be cut off for it is of no use and can only cause problems. And do notice how the D string tuning machine is bent at an angle.


The little screw holding the tuning machine had got bent and in doing so had bent itself out of its slot, creating a deep furrow. The only thing stopping the tuning machine from coming out of its slot was its nut on the front face of the headstock.

I took off the tuning machine and filled up the furrow and the screw slot with wood and glue. After the glue had dried, I re-drilled a hole in the proper place and replaced the old, bent screw with a new one. I also oiled, tightened and polished all the tuning machines.

Also, there were major divets in the first four fretwires and even though this is not a very clear photograph, I think you will be able to make them out.


I had a chat with the owner about working on them and about replacing the cheap, plastic nut and saddle with bone elements. He agreed and I set about my job.


With a little love, some ‘0000’ steel wool, oiling and lots of elbow grease the fretboard and the fretwires were shining again.

The guitar looked and sounded better than it ever did!

Amit Newton

An experienced guitar tech with over 10 years of experience working on acoustic Gibsons and Martins in the Gulf region. There is nothing that cannot be repaired; the only consideration is the price at which it comes. And yet, if there is sentiment attached, no price is too high! WhatsApp/Call me: 7080475556 email me: guitarguyhelp@gmail.com

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