Quick and easy temp or perm screw hole repair

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  1. n24re

    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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    So I have this CE24 from the early 90s that I stole...err traded.... with AP515. It is such a great guitar with honestly earned wear and tear. One of the things that happened to it early in life was the addition of a MIDI pickup that left 3 holes in the body after it was removed.

    This guitar is so alive and such an honest example I could not bring myself to do any major cosmetic repairs. I decided instead to plug the holes but in a totally reversible way with the option to reinstall a period correct MIDI if the notion ever hits me.

    Here you can see two of the holes I filled with this method and one needing the fill. I used a combination of balsa wood and fingernail polish.
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    First I took a small piece of balsa and sanded it round and tried a couple of the wife's red finger nail polish to get it close. Again I am not going for perfect. At this point it just needs to be sort of round.

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    Since the balsa is so soft I can use the actual screw hole as a die to form the plug to the exact diameter.

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    Once it is to the correct diameter I paint it with the polish and wipe off the excess so it just colors the wood but does not build up any real thickness. I then cut the tip off with a slight taper to make it easy to press fit.

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    Now I use the universal press tool....to press it flush with the top. I use no glue or anything....just the friction fit of the balsa wood. By using the screw hole as a die it compresses the fibers and they expand to make a perfect fit.

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    While not perfect I think it hides the holes just enough but maintains the integrity of this honestly played and loved guitar.

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    Hopefully AP515 approves =)

    Steve
     
  2. Elliot

    Elliot Gandalf the Vintage Yellow

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    elegant simplicity. mental note taken
     
  3. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    Well done... bravo...

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  4. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    I have two guitars with the same holes. Some people are just cruel.
     
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  5. n24re

    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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    I don't get it...I have tried to figure out why you would do this to this guitar. The thing is it was done in the 90s so maybe there was no other way. Anyway it does not impact the sound or the quality of the guitar....I just wanted them filled but not in a full restoration kind of way.
     
  6. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    Well there is doubled sided tape and there are pickup rings that have tabs for a midi pickup.

    Seems like a neanderthal move to me.
     
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  7. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I approve...

    How's the Vela feeling these days? ;)
     
  8. n24re

    n24re Enjoying the ride...

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    It is feeling lost...and in the dark....as it has not been out of the case since this one arrived!
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Those pickups came with double sided tape! Even in the 90’s!

    I’m glad I used the stuff too, but I guess some of the other guys were more committed to ripping flugelhorn licks on their guitars.
     
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  10. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Nice job! Great looking guitar!
     
  11. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    woulda put a diamond in it.
     
  12. QuiltTop319

    QuiltTop319 New Member

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    Nice job!
     
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  13. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Get outta my brain!!!
     
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