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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:00 pm 
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Walnut
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Hello folks, I have an inexpensive Kay ladder braced bolt on neck acoustic guitar that I wanted to use as the basis for an experiment with a different brace pattern. I am uncertain what the best approach is and was hoping for some insight. I thought I was going to remove and reuse the existing top, but so far I have not figured out how to get it off without destroying it. Is there another better approach? Since the neck is a bolt on, removing the top would be easier than on a standard guitar where the fretboard is glued to the top, but maybe approaching it from the backside would be easier? Thank you :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:04 pm 
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First name: Carl
Last Name: Dickinson
City: Forest Ranch
State: California
Zip/Postal Code: 95942
Country: USA
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Take the back off, then you have access to plane/chisel the old braces off.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:31 pm 
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Mahogany
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First name: Roy L
Last Name: Smith
City: Apache Junction
State: Az
Zip/Postal Code: 85119
Country: USA
Focus: Repair
Status: Amateur
Curious, Is removing and replacing the back a process that with new binding can look pretty much original?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:02 pm 
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I've been contemplating doing this to an old Kay. I've already reset the neck. It was a dovetail with a glued fretboard extension. The back had some loose edges so I pulled it and was able to remove the binding intact, so reinstalled it when I glued the back on. The finish was old, checked and flaky so I just went with its character and let it be.

Check out Dan's posts about rebuilding an old Kay, viewtopic.php?f=10137&t=52549.
Also this rebuild series, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3grzGLgSlnc&t=1749s.


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