Entries by Jeff Mallia

Les Paul Custom

This 80’s Les Paul had a hard life. It’s white finish has worn to a really appealing aged look. Unfortunately along the way someone has added an extra coil tap switch, strap hole and done some less than neat repair work to the head binding. The new owner wanted to get this back to a respectable […]

1968 Gibson SG Neck replacement

This repair is actually from about 10 years ago. I have a large volume of past repair and restoration photos. As I go through them I will put up any interesting ones as blog entries. I remember this one really well as it was a satisfying job to complete without it looking obvious that the neck […]

Taylor 514E Top Replacement

This Taylor suffered a terrible fate when someone fell onto it. It was sentimental to the owner and therefore worth it to him to repair so a new top was in order. To keep it as original as possible and also more cost effective, a replacement top was ordered from the factory. Taylor guitars are […]

1924 Martin 000-18 Pyramid Bridge

Here is a small segment of a restoration that came in from about 6 years ago. I thought it would be an interesting little segment of this repair to show the building of a replica/replacement bridge for the badly damaged original. The original bridge had holes on each end right through the pyramid peaks, as […]

1936 Martin 2-32 Mandolin Finish Repair

This beautiful mandolin was in really great shape for its age, however a pretty ugly finish repair on it’s nicely flamed back was holding it back from being a perfect example of CF Martin and Co’s finest mandolins. I remember listening to an exact same instrument being played on David “Dawg” Grismans “Tone Poems” CD […]

1938 Martin 0-17 Restoration

  Here is a golden era martin 00-17 which was recently in for a minor restoration. It had been lovingly hand varnished by brush to give it a face lift some time in the last 50 years. The “artist” who carried out this work was detailed enough to make sure they coated the guitar thoroughly. tuners, […]