12 Gibson Les Paul Neck Repair Videos
1916 Gibson A-1 Archtop
Les Paul Standard
Compensated nut, Light Fret dress / Re-crown and polish , setup for .010"-.046" at concert pitch.
I really make an effort to be as visually subtle as possible with the compensated nut so that at a glance .... it looks like a stock nut.
Click below to see Gibson edge dress video !
The customer bought a new Gibson bridge and had me notch the saddles and setup the bridge a tailpiece for these regular light gauge strings.
I installed some tailpiece inserts and wrapped the post threads in Teflon to tighten up the machining tolerances.
1936 Nick Lucas
I had some ( old ) Ivory kicking around that I used to
fabricate a new nut after the new frets were installed.
This picture was taken outside my shop door in the natural sunlight. You can see in the picture below, that the fluorescent shop lights cast an artificial green tinge.
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1946 " Banner " J-45
The lightness of construction, the knife-edge braces, hide glue joinery and beautiful spherical arching on the soundboard and back give this guitar a fast attack and a fast decay. Not a lot of sustain .... but the sheer volume on the initial attack is staggering !
Preparing for New Bone ( compensated ) Nut
+ complete refret.
Frets came out ultra-clean !
Refret with EVO 6105 profile
This is a tall ( .055" ) medium ( .090" width ) fret
This guitar now has Major Left-hand Traction and
a substantial increase in volume with the higher saddle / frets.
.012" -.056" at concert pitch .....
Ka-Boom ! She's a canon. !
1966 Gibson Hummingbird
This came in for a complete fret job,compensated nut, bridge reglue and a rosewood and bone "press fit bridge insert".
See detailed posting ( click link below )of this particular repair
/ restoration / retro-fit procedure in the blog archives ( Nov 25 ) of a
Gibson Hummingbird that Bruce Kirkaldy
shipped up from San Diego ( Chimo ) California.
Carman's 67' Hummingbird
refret and comp-nut.
1949 Gibson L-50
If you are interested; there is a more detailed posting of the complete job on the blog archives ( Dec 1 2008 ) of the side repair, top crack repair, aftermarket retro-fit bridge,complete refret, new fingerboard binding, ivory nut, and pickup install.