....has turned into a full on headstock repair.
So Wednesday, I decided to give my beloved J45 an overdue refret. All was going well...started pulling the frets, almost no chipping at all. Very pleased. Cleaned up the slots, lined up the first new fret, first tap with the hammer and....
So, I thought 'F*ck It' and carried on with the full refret....so much easier with a missing headstock!!
Anyway, The headstock had been broken twice before, I'd had it repaired and had lasted 3 years then it had failed again and I glued it up about 18 months ago (intending to tidy it up at some point) and it had started to creep again only for the joint to fail on Wednesday.
So a more substantial fix is now in order. I re-glued the break and left it 24 hours:
Removing the clamps this morning, we're here:
I don't like splines. I think they look ugly and they take out too much 'good' wood IMO. So i'm going for a 'backstrap' this time.
Squeeky bum time, I take my prized acoustic guitar over to the belt sander and take 3mm off the back of the headstock. The white masking tape gives me a depth stop and the blue masking tape gives me a point to stop at just behind the first fret:
The repaired joint can be seen here, I'm pleased with how well it has knitted together:
So, I thickness a new piece of mahogany to about 6mm and spend the next 2 1/2 hours insuring a perfectly tight fit...What a pain in the 'arris!!
I'm going to make the headstock slightly thicker (about 16mm in total) and leave some more meat at the back of the truss rod route too.
So both faces are now glued up and set in clamps for the next 24 hours....