a new year, a new machine

A happy new year to one and all!

On the go, between regular repair and custom jobs are the restoration of a ES175 and the zouk, which I mentioned in an earlier post.

This pretty old ES175 had a badly split and damaged side. The option was to either glue, internal patch and make good or to replace the side. Normally a repair would be the way to go on this, however some heavy sanding after a ‘previous’ had seriously reduced the side thickness and compromised its integrity, it was therefore on balance judged that it might be better to replace the entire side. These few pictures document a few steps to removing the side but carefully leaving the fragile and cracked binding insitu;

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No going back now. Next step is to make up a new side and fit it. I’m glad I have a new machine in the workshop to help keep the adrenaline going when undertaking this kind of intense repair..


The zouk top is also being replaced; heres the old one which was badly distorted;

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