I just inherited my fathers 1929 Telesforo Julve. It is a rather beautiful guitar but it now has a lot of cracking. I guess that it is best to take each part bit by bit. I would like to do all repairs myself I know that I have the skills, but at the same time I don't want to make it worse! So I am looking for advice on which glues I should use etc. I have to say I have never repaired a guitar before, but I was always good with my hands and I've been in the sign industry for 22 years and that requires quite a skill set. I am sure that I can do this. BUT I will take advice, if it is deemed too hard.
1. The bridge is detached and has been for years. Should I, remove all of the remaining fragments of the Top from the bridge and then fill the top before gluing the bridge back or use the fragments to locate the bridge?
2. The back. The worst cracks are here, one on each side where the back meets the side.
The left side looking at the back.
3. The right side back, more a detachment than a crack.
4. The binding near the strap peg has come away, but I have the piece.
5. bottom cracks at the strap peg.
6. The fretboard has now started to loose frets.
The sound hole showing the nice marquetry, nothing wrong here.... whew!
Since I removed the guitar from the house there has been a humidity change, but a lot of these cracks were already there.
I wanted to get the guitar professionally restored 20 years ago for my fathers birthday, but my mother didn't think that he would like me touching it!
I would think that the worse cracking is the rear left. should I attempt this first? Or should I do the easier ones?
I really appreciate any help with this.
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