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 […]

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 from my archive that was completed in 2006. 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 finish repair is from my repair archive, completed in 2007 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 […]

1938 Martin 0-17 Restoration

Here is a golden era martin 00-17 minor restoration from my repair archive completed in 2012. This guitar was presented in a very roughly over coated state.  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 […]