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This Hagstrom suffered an unfortuate accident but was already ailing because of massive bellying of the top. These guitars were very well-made - especially earlier examples like this, before they switched to a bolt-on neck. But they had no bridgeplate and a very light fan-strutting system better suited to a classical rather than the tensions of a steel-string dreadnought.
Whilst there was the extra access to the top I decided to re-brace it with a more typical bracing pattern. A conventional maple bridgeplate was also added. I was then able to begin repairing the top damage. As there was a lot of damage to the sunburst all over the top, including where a J-160e style pickguard had been rather roughly removed, a refinished sunburst was decided upon before regluing the bridge. After a setup it now plays very nicely with a low action - although given the amount of work done it will take some time to open up fully.
1967 Gibson J-45
Couldn't resist adding these pics, although I should have taken some 'before' shots. This 1967 J-45 had a hole punched in the back, about 25mm wide with considerable splintering of the wood. After repair and some airbrushing with matching lacquer it was almost invisible.