Today, the heavy door where the BUG jam was held swung closed as I passed through and struck a heavy blow on the bass I carried in its bag. I feared the worst as I opened the bag. I was heart-broken when I saw this.
A terrible break along the side and back. I was expected to play bass for the Bellingham Ukulele Group jam. I wondered if it would be even be playable. I wondered if it would be repairable.
Another view of the damage. The good news is that I hooked it up to the amp, tuned it, and was able to provide the bass for the jam, and I think it sounded just fine. So at least it still plays, After giving it some thought, I am sure it is repairable. I think my approach will be to glue a curved plate of maple inside the body over the entire crack area, or maybe a series of patches. I have some serious thinking to do before I attempt it. If any of you luthiers that might read this blog can suggest a method I would be very grateful.
And speaking of luthiers, last Thursday guitar maker George Thomas hosted a little social in his workshop attended by local luthiers. several of whom brought their latest projects to show. Always fun to chat with other builders and see what they are doing.
Here is George leading on his Parrot vise. George builds lovely guitars and has been a mentor to me. Maybe he will have a suggestion for repairing my bass. You can be sure I will ask for his advice.
Noel is an old pro and a pleasant fellow
This is a very old banjo ukulele with a huge head. I think it must be 14 inches. That is a tenor neck on it. and what about that fancy stain job on the head? Very unique!
The Hernandez's came up from Anacortes to attend, Here is the always pleasant Mrs Hernandez enjoying a visit.
Enjoy a bit of this fine player's Spanish guitar.