Epiphone EB3 bass extensive neck break/repair

The first stages....woodwork repairs

The first task was to align and re-attach the headstock. The damaged portion of fingerboard was removed in line with fret 7 and the neck was routed to accept two maple reinforcing tongues to reinforce the join. These would later be hidden beneath the new fingerboard section. Strong maple tongues were made, glued in, then pared back flush.

The missing inlays were cut from mother of pearl and a new fingerboard section was made from a rosewood blank. Once we'd cut the fret slots and the inlay housings, the new inlays were fitted.

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Fitting the fretboard section, fretwork, nut and paintwork

The next job was to radius the new fretboard piece and attach it to the neck. Once the glue had set, the edges were sanded flush with the neck, then the frets were added, levelled and crowned. We thenĀ  ebonised the entire fretboard to blend the new section in with the existing. Side dot markers were fitted and a new nut was carved from a solid bone blank. The repaired area on the back of the neck was refinished in a gradated tint to blend into the existing paintwork.

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