Chillyburst in hot soup – II (Getting it all together)

This is in continuation from the last blog post –




So, I stuck the bridgeplate, drilled out the holes (the view as seen reflected in a mirror)

but the top, where the bridge would sit was uncharacteristically warped. Thanks to the missing bridgeplate earlier, the top had been pulled out of whack – one side higher than the other. 

Again, the ice-cream sticks came to my rescue. The view above is with them cut to size, stuck and sanded level to the plain of the rest of the top. 

Yet, when I placed the bridge on it, there was enough gap to slip in a couple of ATM cards! The other side of the bridge – the one closest to the soundhole – sat fine.

Again some innovative thinking came to my rescue.

I marked the area (the thick red line) on the top where the bridge would not sit flush with the top and smeared it with glue. Next, I sprinkled a healthy dose of sawdust on it, let it set and then sanded it even. Then when I sat the bridge, it sat perfectly. 

Glued, clamped and left to rest for 48 hours, it turned out like this:

Then, I turned my attention to the little touch-up areas. Not perfect, but the spots no longer catch your eye from a mile off.

The strap button was removed, its original hole sealed  and painted, a new hole was drilled and the strap button installed

Before I threw on new  .012″ – .052″ strings, I scrubbed clean the fretboard, oiled it, polished the tarnished frets, and it came out looking like this.

I stretched the strings and tuned up the guitar. Though I never played the guitar before, there is a lot of sustain that I noticed. Only the owner will be able to tell me if the sustain was new (and a result of the instrument acquiring a bridgeplate).

Here’s looking forward to a happy youngster! CHEERS!



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:

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