Guitar repair – Never say never!

Thank god for patrons who feel I can also do justice to electric guitars!

One young man came in with his electric swearing that he would not let anyone else touch his guitar!!

Thankfully for me, there wasn’t anything majorly wrong with the guitar. There was a buzz up the neck, past the 12th fret and the fretwires were tarnished and needed some love and attention.

As I began work, the young man taught me how to take the strings off the guitar (so, I’m getting there)! 

With strings off, I found there were more than a couple of fretwires that were raised. Tapping helped some, others not so much, and so, out came the fretwire file. 

A few strokes and a check, and a few strokes and a check and the offending fretwires had ‘fallen in line’. 

Next, it was time to turn my attention to the fretboard and how the fretwires looked. Four grits of sandpaper, steel wool and some chrome polish made it look like a job well done.

But before that there was need for the pickups to be protected.

Once the fretboard had been given a coat of the ‘love potion’, it did make it look pretty

And here’s what the entire guitar looked like once I was through with it

I was happy with the results and hope the customer is too. More satisfying was the thought that an old dog can learn new tricks, after all!

Just a small post this time; next time it is back to acoustics!

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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