This Requitno Guitarneeds a complete top replacement.
This is how the guitar was presented to me. Top clearly smashed
along with some of the top bracing. A new top in in order. The bridge
and the tone bars will be salvaged
The first step was to measure and mark the position of the bridge.
Placement on the new top must be exact. A new saddle will need to
be made to adjust for any small amount of height change in the new
The tuning machines were missing. During it's life this guitar has
had several sets of tuning machines. There are cracks in the neck
that need to be fixed and screw holes to be filled. The peghead
must be made stable again.
The bridge was heated for removal for the old top. It will also
need to be stripped of its finish and refinished .
The fretboard has been heated to soften the glue and removed. Note
the heating tool in the back of the photo on the bench. Exact placement
of the fret board at the time it is glued is critical. Measure
before the board is removed!
The binding is cut away along with the top trim. This allows for
a clean removal of the top. The remaining top joint is heated and
the top removed. New matching binding will need to be made to replace
The old top is placed back together so that a pattern can be made
of the bracing. This pattern is then used to make the new top.
The two cross tone bars from the original top were not damaged. These
parts are left on the guitar to hold the shape of the back, sides
and neck. At this point a complete inspection is dome to insure
that all damaged areas are repaired. I found two side cracks and
one back crack that needed repair. These were not visible from the
out side of the guitar.
The new top is under construction. The fan bracing is being glued
on the top. Placement of the sound hole and all of the bracing needs
to be exactly as the old top. The rosette has already been made
and put into the top.
The new top is complete and ready to glue on to the guitar. The
top lining has been cleaned off as has the heal of the neck. This
is a Spanish heal guitar so the neck is not removed. There are two
internal braces that will need to be put on the top once it is glued
to the sides.
The new top is clamped to the guitar with tape and weights over
the cross tone bar braces. Once the glue is set the top will be
trimmed along the edges. The new bindings will be made and hand
bent to shape. Matching the wood is critical for a good job.
The new top is on the guitar now and the binding has been glued
in and flushed to the top and sides. The fretboard is glued back
in place. The notes taken at the early stages of the process tell
the exact position.
The completed guitar. The finish was a great challenge. I had no
way of knowing what was on there. A combination of French Polish
and l hand applied Lacquer was the final solution.
The Requitno guitar is tuned up to A on the low
string. The rest of the strings are a standard tuning from that
A. It is like having a capo at the 5th fret. The high tension and
small body make for a powerful high tuning tone.