This is my dad’s first and, if I’m not mistaken, only guitar.
Its a Harmony archtop, probably from the mid 50’s. Dad just told me he got it in third grade. This has been moved around a bunch. I had it for a few years and most recently my sister had it. I just got it back with the intention of making a new bridge for it and cleaning it up a bit. Turns out that it needed much more.
The neck dovetail was pulling out, which cracked the side. I later found out it cracked the neck block as well.
So I decided to see what I could do with it, both for experience, and so it was playable and not destined for the trash. This was a first for me. He’s what I did, in pictures:
Well, that was exciting. I used hot hide glue for all repairs. I put the neck back on. Nice and straight.
Now on to making the new bridge, in pictures:
The finish was pretty rough. I could have spent a ton of time on it or even refinished it. Not being a valuable instrument, I just did some minor touch ups.
It plays much better then it ever did. The ridiculously high action that I always remembered is gone and it plays and sounds pretty well.
Glad I gave that a shot.