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Hamerhead's 77 Sunburst restoration.


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Young Tim(Hamerhead) can give the backstory on this one. When it arrived at the shop, this is what I found in the case.....

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Yes, that is a truss rod channel full of bondo, a THICK layer of brushed on paint and a severely broken headstock.

Looking closer at the back of the neck, we find....

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Why, the neck's nothing BUT bondo!

A couple of hours later.......

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Good God, this thing is worse than I though! If I hadn't found this....

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...I would have trashed it. BUT....it's the 89th Hamer Sunburst made, from 1977. After a long phone conversation with our owner, the decision is made to move forward.

Full armor on, kids, this one will be a battle.

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Young Tim(Hamerhead) can give the backstory on this one. When it arrived at the shop, this is what I found in the case..... Yes, that is a truss rod channel full of bondo, a THICK layer of bru

Well, it's wired up with new Hamer pots.... ..and the original rosewood shim is back under the bridge.... So after making a new truss rod cover, and final assembly, here is the completed guitar.

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The face had some gnarly,gnarly, GNARLY black enamel all over it except where the logo was. The cracks were horrible. I routed the nasty bits away and inlaid fresh wood, now there is no original wood holding the headstock on.

Removing the paint was a horrid experience, but I saved the headstock logo....

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All of the replacement wood overlaps and nothing ends at the same place, adding strength.

Later.......

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Incredible.

There are a couple pics in there that seriously turned my stomach.

I honestly can't believe what I'm seeing........

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Just when I think I'm starting to understand some of this repair stuff a thread like this comes along and slams me back to earth. I couldn't even fathom how to do this repair even when he was posting the half completed pics, I still couldn't see how it would work. I love these threads and love a happy ending. How many times had that headstock been broken? I see some biscuits in there that I'm assuming were an older repair. I'm also assuming that whoever did that repair was not the one that covered it in bondo.

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That is excellent work Greg. That is the first time I've seen that style of repair and it makes sense. Without the step by step photos I would have been lost.

I look forward to seeing the finished product.

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More cheerleaders for Greg and this thread.

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wow, I believe you may have out done your self greg..

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Great stuff! How did you learn how to do this??? Look forward to seeing more!

It all came from lifting cheerleaders. ONLY in America. :huh:

It's a shame that these things don't come along with Soccer. Really.

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