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Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair


Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair

Underneath a layer of overspray was this beautiful, original Martin 1931 OM-28 bridge, with all the contours and craftsmanship that we admire in these vintage guitars. Jim slowly cleaned out the over-cut string slots in order to fill them with new pieces of ebony to correct the breakover angle. While the shop has fabricated hundreds of replacement belly bridges over the years, and have all gotten quite good at it, we're always striving whenever possible to save the original appointments and details of vintage guitars such as this OM.

Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair

Repair Shop luthier Trey Durkin looks on as Mass Street Owner Jim Baggett discusses his approach to repairing the belly bridge.

Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair

 Jim using a razor blade to prep the original ebony for the new pieces

Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair

Filing the slots in order to clean up the edges 

Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair

One ebony patch started, 5 more to go

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By the next morning Jim had completed all six slots

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When viewed at an angle the patch is almost invisible

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David Karnes

January 27 2017

Looks like that might be my OM28. Looking forward to seeing it complete and getting it home. Thanks Jim

Collis Bosworth

January 28 2017

Beautiful work Jim! There is great character embedded in that bridge.

Dansby Vogler

January 30 2017

Adhesive brand used?

Matt K

February 01 2017

Hey David! Good eye, I know Jim’s just as excited about the repair.

And Dansby, I just checked with Jim and he said that with a tight fit superglue does a very nice job, and the ebony is really nice to work with. Thanks!

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