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Bouzouki Repair & Refinish

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Project by solardave posted 11-05-2012 07:24 AM 1578 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This crusty old bouzouki came out of the Ka’Tiki beach bar in St. Pete, Fl. It was in rough shape. The salt air had corroded all the metal parts, the tuner’s wouldn’t even move. The frets were green, the body had several cracks, the pickguard had shrunk & was peeling. I scraped all the old finish off. Repaired the cracks in the back & top. Replaced the corroded frets, made a new bone nut. Refinished the top & neck in a bright blueburst and refinished the bowl back in clear lacquer. Also installed a piezo transducer under the top & 1/4” jack so it can be amplified. A new set of tuning machines & fresh strings and it was ready to go. Not exactly a traditional restoration, but now it plays & sounds as good as it looks.





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mountain934

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 09:07 AM

Looks 10x better then it did. Like that surfers colors on it now, a more fitting take it down to the beach and play it around the campfire look. Awesome Job redoing it !!!!

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 12:47 PM

I think this is awesome! Way to save that trad round back. I would have mournfully passed on it. Now she’s singing again. Incredible restoration!

I don’t think it was possible to restore the top and have it look right. Your paint job works well for me. I’d play it on stage and smile.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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GooseCreekWoods

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 02:42 PM

Amazing! Fine job on a fine instrument!

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SPHinTampa

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 09:29 PM

KaTicki on Sunset Beach? I love that bar, have a house just up the street.

Really nice job on the restoration.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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solardave

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 09:56 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. It was a fun project.

Shawn, you probably know the fellow that Ka’Tiki gave it to, Charlie Morris. He’s the proud owner.

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