April 2019

Articles by John Brown

Finishing A Neck Reset On a 1952 Goldtop Les Paul

January 17, 2011
In this, the third and final phase of our adventure, we complete the very challenging repair and restoration job.
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Resetting A 1952 Goldtop Les Paul's Neck

December 21, 2010
Resetting the neck angle and replacing the neck
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Removing a 1952 Goldtop Les Paul's Neck

November 16, 2010
How to disassemble a precious vintage instrument without altering the original finish
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Resurrect Those Old Tuners!

October 20, 2010
Replacing tuners with properly aged replacements
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1968 Gibson LGO: The Gift That Keeps Giving

September 21, 2010
How a Gibson LGO made its way from grandfather to grandson.
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1968 Martin D-28 Pickguard Curling and Shrinkage

August 17, 2010
A small crack and pickguard replacement on a vintage Martin
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1974 Gibson J-50 Deluxe Binding Decay, Part 3

July 20, 2010
The ''74 Gibson J-50 Deluxe with tortoise binding rot is finished
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'56 Fender Telecaster — Hole-a-Riffic!

June 16, 2010
Plugging and capping a hole drilled in a gem of a 1956 Tele neck.
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1974 Gibson J-50 Deluxe Binding Decay, Part 2

May 18, 2010
Finishing the binding trimming project
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1974 Gibson J-50 Deluxe Binding Decay

April 15, 2010
Replacing original Tortoiseshell binding that''s decayed naturally over time.
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‘62 Fender Strat Neck Chiropractic Adjustment

March 11, 2010
Gently working the bow out of an otherwise pristine ''62 Fender neck
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Tidying Up a 1971 Gibson SG

February 11, 2010
A nice SG needs a few touch-ups to be back to gigging condition
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A Tubular Sounding 1966 Gibson ES 335TD

January 14, 2010
A great looking 1966 ES 335TD needs a little help with its sound.
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Spray and Bake: Minor Restoration on a Taylor 814C

December 17, 2009
Fixing light wear on a Taylor acoustic requires precision
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1933 National Duolian Resonator, Part 2

July 22, 2009
John continues his restoration of a 1933 National Duolian Resonator by finishing up on the headstock and repairing the fretboard.
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1933 National Duolian Resonator Repair

June 17, 2009
A rare resonator with a broken headstock, cracked fingerboard and corroded steel body
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Black-Lighting a ’59 Fender Telecaster Neck

May 20, 2009
John Brown employs a black light to identify a refinished headstock, and help restore it to its original finish
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1966 Gibson L4C Clean Up

April 21, 2009
A 1966 Gibson L4C is great condition, other than a layer of dust and grime.
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1966 Martin D12-35 Neck Heel Restore

March 17, 2009
John Brown whips a ''66 D12-35 neck into shape
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Restoration Information

February 16, 2009
A guide to helpful books on restoration and vintage guitars
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