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A restored Broken Axe (Gibson Guitar)

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 03-26-2007 08:03 PM 2152 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone must have gone crazy, & destroyed this Guitar.
My Son acquired this Gibson Guitar, which was a piece of junk, real cheap. He was planning on buying a new neck for it, & refinish the body.
The body was a Gibson experiment. it was made from a wood composite, similar to hardboard.
The body was also all dinged up . We removed the finish from it, & patched it up with body putty, then repainted it with about 4 coats of Candy Apple Red, & 2 coats of clear coat.

It has been 4 years since I did this, & memories of how I did this project have just returned to me, so I’ve changed some of my explanation of how I did it.

That part with the label is the original tuning head. I glued that to the new piece with a tongue, & groove joint. The other end of the new piece is glued with epoxy, similar to a scarf joint, about 2” back from the nut, under the fret board.

After all that work it turned out to be a fairly decent Guitar.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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BassBully

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#1 posted 03-26-2007 08:49 PM

It looks brand new. Good Job!

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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Obi

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#2 posted 03-26-2007 08:50 PM

you’re my hero

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 03-26-2007 08:54 PM

Thanks Obi, & BB
Obi’s Monk guitar announcement reminded me of this.
I forgot to mention that I had to make a new Pick guard also.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 03-26-2007 10:13 PM

I don’t know how you did it but it looks like new. I am learning how to play the Mandolin so I can really apreciated how beautiful this looks.

Diane

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#5 posted 03-27-2007 02:08 AM

That be Gibson Gold! Great find!

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#6 posted 03-27-2007 02:18 AM

Hey Dick, I finally figured how to get on this thing, great looking guitar, just like Hendrix. Man I can hear it now. Thanks for the egg tribute. mike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 03-27-2007 03:16 AM

Looks perfect. If you hadn’t told us it was almost useless, I wouldn’t believe it… still hard to. Great job!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Jim Earl

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#8 posted 03-27-2007 04:31 AM

Looks brand new, Looks just like the one I played years ago in High school. Thanks Dick for the memories. Very well refinished.

Jim

-- Jim Earl http://www.myspace.com/earle5

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Obi

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#9 posted 03-27-2007 05:05 AM

And as a Gibson… it’s never useless, especially in the hands of a Lumberjock.

And where did you get the Gibson sticker for the head piece?

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 03-27-2007 05:53 AM

That part with the label is the original tuning head. I glued that to the new piece with a tongue, & groove joint. The other end of the new piece is glued with epoxy similar to a scarf joint, about 2” back under the fret board.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 03-27-2007 07:21 AM

Very nice, Dick. Lots of groovin’ left in her thanks to you.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 03-27-2007 11:10 AM

Hey Dick, you can do anything if you just put your mind to it can’t you? Very nice repair!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 03-27-2007 04:42 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments.
I edited my story this morning, because of some of the questions that came up have jogged my memory of how this project was done 4 years ago.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 03-27-2007 06:10 PM

Ship ‘er down to New Orleans and I’ll test it out for you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Obi

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#15 posted 03-27-2007 07:37 PM

Well, Charlie, One of my upcoming projects is a Monk Guitar. Here are my ideas so far:
1) The Monk Sammich 1/2” Hickory top and back with 3/4” Walnut “Sammiched” in between. One piece neck and body
2) The Monk Oreo Front and back Walnut with Maple in-between. Maple Through-body neck.
3) The Monk Axe Handle Solid Hickory

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