19th Cen American Parlor Repair Advise

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19th Cen American Parlor Repair Advise

Post by tateharmann » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:37 pm

I recently acquired this instrument, it's not really super valuable or collectible like Martins but it sounds and plays amazing! Lovely QS oak back and sides. It's a very simple instrument with no binding on the body. As a result a bit of the spruce top has splintered off. How would one go about doing that repair? I'm a fairly competent woodworker but not a luthier :)

Also, someone at some point in time wrote the standard open guitar tuning on the soundboard in what looks to be pen. Any chance of undoing that?

The pen I can live with but I'd like to address that splinter for sure.

Thanks!
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Re: 19th Cen American Parlor Repair Advise

Post by Matthew Masail » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:58 pm

If it plays and sounds amazing I would add some binding to the top and back, you could just use solid hardwood no purflings (something matching the bridge would be nice). You'll have to accurate but if are already a wood worker it's not a big deal. Do some practice pieces first.

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Post by tateharmann » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:06 pm

That thought did occur to me as well but I'd like to keep it as original as possible.
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Re: 19th Cen American Parlor Repair Advise

Post by MessyTendon » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:39 pm

Carefully exact a small amount of the corner wood off...and put a new splinter on with some hide glue. That looks to be in pretty good shape considering....

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Post by tateharmann » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:09 pm

Hey messy, that's more along the lines of what I was thinking. Thanks!
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Post by Stephen Faulk » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:58 am

Don’t bind it. Uggh. Study how to repair edges on violins. Get some really fine sharp blades, find some old spruce and get hide glue. You tube probably has violin edge repair videos. There are also the violin forums. Or some of the people here who do it can explain it.
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Post by Stephen Faulk » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:00 am

It’s a nice example of oak American guitar making. It doesn’t look cheap even for lack of binding.
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Re: 19th Cen American Parlor Repair Advise

Post by tateharmann » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:24 pm

Hi Stephen - thank you! I have some old spruce kicking around that would work for that. And thanks for the tip on violin edge repair videos. I will search for some :)

This company (Imperial) was active for a short period of time but made excellent instruments. Mine has plain appointments but they did make models with binding and other fancies. I even read that they made guitars for Martin for a time. This one is ladder braced and super light. I have gut strings on the way for it and I'm planning to play some early American classical repertoire on it.

Here's a sound sample with extra light steel wound strings made for these early guitars: https://soundcloud.com/laguitarraclasic ... ial-parlor
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Re: 19th Cen American Parlor Repair Advise

Post by geoff-bristol » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:27 pm

Repairs to spruce are not easy to do - be warned ! Its so esy to end up with something thats more of an eyesore than the original damage.
I would be tempted to fill it with mid brown stopper - then it would look like all the other dings and dents !
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Re: 19th Cen American Parlor Repair Advise

Post by tateharmann » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:34 am

Fill with mid brown what?! haha

I'd be on board with some kind of fill job too. It even crossed my mind to just saturate it with superglue and call it good :/
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