Don’t cross the streams…

Today, we did something that might even make the Ghostbusters a bit squeamish.  Is it ectoplasm?  Not quite…

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This stuff is called Friendly Plastic – we sometimes use it to create custom cauls for clamping unorthodox shapes (which is pretty common with guitars).  It’s a simple process:  we put the plastic in hot water to soften it, press it into shape (always using a layer of wax paper to protect the guitar), and wait for it to cool.  This is great for when we make wood overlays to fix broken headstocks:

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And there it is – clamped up nicely, with an even pressure across the overlay.  With a properly made overlay, the headstock is stronger than ever before.

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