Mark Challinor's picture gallery page 2 - restoration of a Martin D-18

A few months ago a 1970s D-18 made the journey from Surrey to Yorkshire to have a somewhat unusual operation. The guitar badly needed a neck reset, and the owner wanted the original rosewood fingerboard and bridge replaced with ebony. He was also keen to have paua inlays on the fingerboard.

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The neck and body separated, then reassembled.

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The original rosewood bridge, and the mark left by the removal of the old celluloid scratchplate that had shrunk badly.



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The new ebony bridge and new scratchplate.

d18_neck_before.jpg (36980 bytes) The old, very worn, fingerboard showing the mother of pearl position dots.


The two pictures below show different views of the new ebony fretboard and nut.




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Another couple of views of the new bridge and scratchplate.



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One happy owner reunited with the finished guitar.

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