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For this session I started to repair and reinforce some of the bigger issues with this guitar. All guitars experience a tremendous amount of strain and pressure on the neck joint at the body. A good way to counter this strain is to reinforce the top in the area just below the fingerboard. This guitar did not have any reinforcement in that area and thus it was necessary to add some stiffness to the top so that the neck doesn’t cave the top in when under pressure.
The added lamination provides a much stronger top, the wood is about .127” thick. Some makers never bothered to even bevel the edges so they simply glued in a block of spruce and hoped for the best (not the best plan)
Here you can see the reinforcement that I added just above the first cross brace.