This is the continuation from an earlier post which can be found here. We’re showing the process of a full restoration on a 1965 Martin D12-35.
After the neck was pulled and re-set (see other post,) the bridge re-glue and re-fretting needed to be done.
Here’s the bridge removal.
After heating the bridge while protecting the top and monitoring the temperature, the glue melts and a warm pallet knife is used to carefully remove the bridge.
Gluing the bridge is done after cleaning and scraping the top area and the bridge, making a nice new glue joint.
After re-fretting, dressing and oiling the fingerboard along with the bridge, the only last thing to complete was the new pickguard and the setup.
After fabricating a new bone nut and saddle, it’s tuned up and ready to go!
Here’s a friend giving it the first post-surgery strum. This guitar sounded beautiful and played perfectly after the restoration was complete. What a pleasure to work on an instrument like this. I completed this one some time ago, and it’s now in a good home.