Tips and tricks for gluing loose braces

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Issue 254 December 03, 2015

Two braces popped loose inside this Epiphone acoustic. Dan makes some do-it-yourself glue scrapers and shares a ton of ideas. With his brace gluing wedge and see-thru plastic guitar, Dan turns this fix into a guitar repair class!

About the guitar in this video: This is a 1961 Epiphone Frontier, the first square-shouldered dreadnought built by Gibson. It served as a prototype for the Hummingbird.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • For a Gibson, this guitar has an oddball truss rod and cover
  • Dan spells out the four steps of a brace-gluing job
  • Free glue scrapers from old saws and a waxed paper box
  • Custom cauls from auto body filler

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