Project: Egmond Lucky 7.
Looking from this direction it looks good.
But the top has collapsed.
Top is laminated and looks like it has broken together with one of the X-braces. F-hole looks like it has been designed so that if you install pots and switches on the pickquard there is room for them in the hole.
Also the upper bout has collapsed quite a lot.
The top has bowed inside the guitar there in the middle.
Neck fitting is not the best. There‘s about 2 mm gaps on the bottom of he heel and on the side also.
Neck joint. Spring is used together with a bolt to set the neck angle.
Neck has a screw that is attaching it to the body, locating under a dot, no glue used. Then there is a huge bolt with a spring that can be used to adjust the neck angle. Not a very solid connection between neck and body.
Tuning pegs are missing some parts, the holes are too big.
Truss rod is broken. Only the washer has remained. Fixing this could be a bigger task.
By warming a knife and the glue the top could be removed. There is no bindings, only a painted white stripe on the top.
And as it could be seen the lamination had failed under the X-brace.
All the ends of the X-braces were like this.
One of the braces had gone in two pieces, the grain direction was wrong.
The linings were a bit loose. The cutaway part seems to be done from a block of wood, it is not laminated as the rest of the rim.
With the heat the braces were also removed.
Then gluing the part back to the inside of the top.
With a little bit of moisture and setting it under pressure with clamps the top has started to look like it should, nice arch.
New X-braces being glued.
Adding some more neck block to support the neck better.
The neck tenon needed a little bit additional wood to fill the space which was needed with the original neck connection. Now there is only enough space where the top fits and gets glued properly.
Removing the fretboard didn’t need any heating, just knife under it and pushing through. Took only a couple of minutes.
Ant there was the broken truss rod. Also the covering piece of wood was removed very easily.
Now I need to make the cavity for the new truss rod. Found one from my stash.
The old bridge was all made of soft plastic, replacing it with a proper one.
Tuning machines are quite worn out, found a replacing set by Kluson with same size.
I’m also changing the original tailpiece to a trapeze version.
The top has been glued back on.
Truss rod is in place and the fretboard has been glued back to its place.
Kluson tuning machines. A little bit thick neck to my taste.
New pickguard. The guitar is playable again.
Originally there was no bindings, after removing the top it needed some, I used pearl figured bindings.
And finally also with a pickup. As a plywood guitar this has not very good sound acoustically.