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First couple of pyrography attempts

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    Greetings all,
    I started doing up and building guitars about a year ago and recently got an old German archtop made around 1950-60 that was in dire need of a do up. Had a crack in the top that I repaired and after sanding it all down I found borer had eaten tracks through one side and there was a couple of bad blemishes in the back where the very thin plywood had worn through in the scraping down. Repaired the damage so that the side was strong again

    In order to hide all that and strengthen the side I decided to do a custom job on it and have ago at pyrography on very thin wood and glue it over the top of the blemishes.

    To determine if I could actually do it I used a soldering iron for the first piece that I inlet into a guitar pick guard to go on a D28 that I'm building. I then went and got a Razertip burner and a selection of tips. (made in Canada)

    Watched a few awesome tutorials by Brenda Wilkie"pyrography made easy" then had a go on a bit of cedar I had floating around the garage.

    This is going to be a lot of fun

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  • #2
    nice work.


    • #3
      Wow! Nice work!

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      • #4
        Excellent burning, Glenn, and I started out as a pyrographer and then evolved into carving. You did superb on the piece.
        Living among knives and fire.


        • #5
          It's nice when one hobby leads to another, and yours will compliment each other nicely.


          • #6
            I understand your rebuilding an old guitar, I just wish I understood more about what you're doing. I would think that bring life into an old guitar would almost be harder than building a new one
            . . .JoeB


            • #7
              Hi Glenn, your right with your Talent you will make it Fun and that is what this Hobby is all about , so stick around and have Fun with the rest of us . Good Job on your Pieces . Merle


              • #8
                Hi Folks,
                Many thanks for your kind words on my first attempts at pyrography. Much appreciated. I have just finished a third piece so have attached a photo. This one is very delicate in that it is 1mm or less thick and will be glued onto the guitar to cover a blemish the piece is 100mm high and 130 wide. Have attached a photo.

                Hi Joe I see you have an interest in old guitars.
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                • #9
                  Hi Joe
                  I tried to edit my post but I couldn't get it to work so have posted a second reply. In my previous reply you will find a few before and after photos of a very very rare 1957 Hofner 459 that a friend found in a junk shop. I only know of 1 other of these in New Zealand.

                  It had a sprung neck and tailpiece and the side had deep scratches in several spots, the tuners were not original, the top had sever crazing which mould had got into and under the finish. And the frets were in need of dressing. The neck had bad dings and the finish was flaking off.The pickguard was missing and the bridge adjustment screws were siezed solid.

                  If you want to follow the restoration you can find it on you can find it on Just type in Hofner 459 and 2 threads will come up. I had a lot of help from these guys and posted the work so others could see what was done and how I did it to assist other guys in getting a good outcome. Everyone can add something different to a project that you just didn't think off. It all helps.

                  I got original tuners from Hammertone in Canada who is a mighty guy operating on that forum. I made the pickguard and bracket.

                  If you decide to have a go at an old guitar restoration I would be more than happy to talk you through some of the issues you come across if you are of a mind. Is all good fun.

                  You Are right that doing ip old ones is great as every one of these old guitars that we put back to rights is another piece of music history preserved for future generations to enjoy. This old Hofner is now good for another 60 years of hard playing.

                  Building from scratch is also fun as you select your woods and body shape and size in the hope of creating a specific tone, resonance, and depth of sound BUT until you put the strings on and see what you have created you don't really know just what you've got. How well you tune the top and back before assembly can make or break the project. Internet is your best friend when it comes to information.

                  Hope this helps



                  • #10
                    My ex-wife and I had a band for 7 years. She played a Matin 0-18, which my oldest daughter has now, It has developed a crake on the top, but Jackie wants to leave as is. She is a fine rhythm guitar player, all those wild chords . I played a solid body blond epiphone, the only one I've seen like it, good action, had put a brass bridge on, low strings, the grandson has it now. It was a western band in Montana, now all I listen to is smooooth jazz
                    . . .JoeB


                    • #11
                      Martin make a nice guitar. I had a D28 around 1975 got rsi and couldnt play it . I held on to it for years in the hope I could play it again. Gave up and sold it. Got a different job and found after a couple of years the rsi went away and I could play again so went straight down to the rockshop next day and got a les paul standard gibson. Now have 14 of various types. I like all different types of musyc bit i'm afraid it's a case of ERIC CLAPTON RULES hehehe just love blues. hehehehe I have one Epiphone and that is the Casino model. Love my guitars!!

                      Enjoy your jazz buddy