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Projects: Yamaha FG335

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This much-loved Yamaha had experienced a nasty fall. As well as the visible problems with the top, binding and purfling there were also cracks to the top braces and the end block.

As usual, I spent a good deal of time working out how to east the parts back into position before going any further. It's no good just applying lots of clamping pressure and hoping everything will line up - or can be sanded into shape afterwards. I began by fixing the internal issues, using jacks to bring the braces back into position. I could then concentrate on realigning the top and its binding.

I'll often try to break a complex repair into several stages, and in this case I had to align different parts of the split in the correct order. But I then had to glue it up all at once - if I'd tried to do it a bit at a time there was a danger that glue squeeze-out would set and prevent the next part from aligning properly.

Although I couldn't hide the crazing to the lacquer on the edge of the top without cutting back to bare wood (which would have been a very bad idea) it all went very well, with minimal touch-up over the binding and purfling.

Yamaha FG335

Yamaha FG335

Yamaha FG335

Yamaha FG335

Yamaha FG335

Yamaha FG335

Yamaha FG335

Yamaha FG335