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Dry New England winters are fierce and brutal to stringed instruments.

This beautiful little guitar was made by Brown and Hauser at the beginning of the 20th century.

The most visible malady was a long seperating crack in the back.

However when string tension was released it became clear that the neck joint was completely loose with only the fingerboard tongue holding the body and neck together.

Furthermore the bridge was lifting.

The bridge was removed with a small knife and spatula.

After the glued was removed and the bottom surface planed, it is ready to go back on the top.

Working side to side to maintain alignment.

The fingerboard tongue was heated until the glue broke down. The neck slipped right off.

Although a small hole is visible in the dovetail slot, it serves no current purpose.

Work begins on the ice cream come dovetail.

The fit was slightly loose and needed shims the tighten up the dovevtail joint.

A maple block was fashioned for the inside with double-stick to protect the top braces from the clamps.

Filing and fitting until the neck joint is correct.

Now the neck and body can go back together.

With the other work done it is time to get back to the original issue of the back crack. Cork faced forms were built for this guitar for the purpose of "squeezing" the back together while the crack faces are aligned with magnets.

The magnets exert about 50 lbs of force to insist that the crack behaves.

Later the same magnets are used to glued reinforcing cross grained maple strips to the underside of the crack.

Finally, the crack is back together and french polished. The splice is from an an earlier repair.

The bridge is tight.

View on the maple reinforcing strip from the soundhole.

Ready for another New England winter....