I am trying declare my guitar repair DONE!

@TheHorse (60693)
Pleasant Hill, California
December 24, 2017 10:35am CST
As some of you know, the binding started to come up on my one-year-old Martin D-18 guitar. I took it to two separate Guitar Centers (supposedly authorized Martin repair centers) and they sent me to Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto. That's too long a trip, through bad traffic, so I decided to repair the thing myself. I ordered the special glue I needed from StewMac, which makes everything guitar-related, and did the repair over a two day period. Since then, I've been doing the "tweaking," lightly sanding the binding flush with the wood and buffing things out with Maguire's Car Polish. I'm ready to declare my repair done, but I keep tweaking it "just a bit more." Sigh. Anyway, here's a picture of the edge I repaired. I'm glad the finish wasn't damaged by the work. Horray for crazy glue and painter's tape!
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@FourWalls (12534)
• United States
24 Dec
Congratulations!! Now, can you do something for that big hole in Willie Nelson’s guitar?
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 Dec
Heh heh. I watched a video of what his techs do every year when the guitar comes in for its yearly check-up.
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24 Dec
That's a nice one.
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 Dec
It's a wonderful guitar. like the "conservative" look, and the sound is wonderful. Great intonation too.
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@kobesbuddy (36993)
• East Tawas, Michigan
24 Dec
It's beautiful, just like it was before! Good job, very nicely repaired:) Here's a photo of Jay's Birthday Gift, you might enjoy seeing!
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 Dec
Nice! Is he left-handed?
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@kobesbuddy (36993)
• East Tawas, Michigan
24 Dec
@TheHorse Yes, he sure is! It's a $200 Fender, which isn't very expensive. If Jay decides to stick with it, we will get him a higher-quality instrument, some day on down the road. He has always wanted to learn how to play a guitar, so now with the help of some DVDs, that will probably happen!
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
26 Dec
@kobesbuddy One key is to do chords like E,D, C, G, A, e-minor, and a-minor over and over until they become "automatic." Then work on smooth and quick transitions between the chords, one at a time.
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@DianneN (71806)
• United States
24 Dec
You did a fabulous job, and it looks beautiful!
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 Dec
Thank you! I am pleased with the results. I wonder how long it will be before I stop running my finger along the fix, "just to make sure."
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@DianneN (71806)
• United States
25 Dec
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
@DianneN Heh. You've probably done the same, somewhere along the way?
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@allen0187 (31187)
• Philippines
25 Dec
Great work! Looks brand new!
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec
Thank you! It was a slightly scary project, and I'm glad it's done.
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@allen0187 (31187)
• Philippines
29 Dec
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Dec
@allen0187 Now I doing easier projects, like attaching a screen to a pair of "vintage" speakers I restored. Less stressful.
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@LeaPea2417 (18635)
• Toccoa, Georgia
24 Dec
That is great you were able to do it yourself.
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Dec
Yes, I'm pretty happy about that. But I WAS a little nervous.
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@FayeHazel (15250)
• United States
24 Dec
Wow, it looks really great- way to go
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
26 Dec
Thanks! It does look pretty much the same as when I got it.
@DWDavis (10775)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
25 Dec
It looks like you did a great job.
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@saritflor (1707)
• Israel
25 Dec
Great job it looks like new! hope you can let us hear some tunes:)
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
Here's my take on Townes Van Zandt's Pancho and Lefty. I use my Collings OM-1 on this one, though.
Like and Subscribe for more songs and videos :)
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@saritflor (1707)
• Israel
25 Dec
@TheHorse Do you sing that song? I love the style though
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
@saritflor Yeah, I sing and play all the instruments on that one. Townes Van Zandt wrote it, and people like EmmyLou Harris and Willie Nelson made it "famous."
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@bagarad (10721)
• Paso Robles, California
25 Dec
Looks like you did a good job and probably saved money by doing it yourself. Have you tested the repair yet by playing the guitar?
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
It is supposedly under warranty. But they ran me all over the Bay Area, trying to get it done, so I just did it myself. The guitar sounds fine. I have one video coming out on YouTube pretty soon where I use this guitar for the leads. I'll provide a link to an original song where I use my Collings OM-1. Sorry if you've already heard it!
A song about falling friendship........ Like and subscribe for more songs and videos :)
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@bagarad (10721)
• Paso Robles, California
26 Dec
@TheHorse It's nice to put a voice to you. I enjoyed listening.
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
26 Dec
@bagarad Thanks! I enjoy recording these songs in my friend's "garage studio."
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@mumu2358 (76)
• United Kingdom
27 Dec
it looks beautiful!
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Dec
Thank you! Its a great guitar.
@andriaperry (43913)
• United States
25 Dec
Well done! Looks like nothing had ever happened.
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
Thanks, yes I'd have to point it out to someone for them to notice. And even then, they have to run their finger along the binding to feel a slight wave.
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@Shiva49 (11583)
• Singapore
25 Dec
That is a specialist job, well done. Necessity is the mother of invention. The most I have done is to repair my shoes, fixing sole separation, with super glue! siva
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Dec
Heh, I have tried that with hot glue. Didn't last long. Super glue is next.
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@teamfreak16 (40124)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Dec
I certainly can't tell the difference. Nice job!
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@TheHorse (60693)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Dec
Thanks, Scott! On to another "project."
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