Kelly Custom Instruments 

Guitar Repair and Fine Craftmanship

I like fixing Broken Peg Heads. 

The guitar in the picture below broke there a few times (4x) and after an amateur repair failed, it was my turn. The wood around this ~1/8" thick area in the rist of the neck, had split so many times as the force of each break spidered around the new glue. I decided to cut it all out make up the difference by glue three peaces of wood back together where there where two. Better to have a paddle then an anchor!


This guitar has survived since my repair a couple of years back and this made zero negative impact to the sound​​

​​HUMIDIFICATION 


In the ideal world, a guitar cycles through dry winter nights and humid summer days for years without a problem.  In reality, guitars move around constantly - action cycles up and down in semi-predictable yearly patters.

Guitars are made of wood (most of the time).  Wood is affected by moisture and temperature. Take all of the water out of a guitar neck and it is weaker because the cells in the wood are empty.  Yes the tree is dead but it is not fossilized and has not turned to stone.  If you make a guitar neck weaker it will bend to string tension.  Action will come up, guitar goes sharp, player tires playing it.  Leave it bent too long and it won't unbend. Leave a guitar neck in a car trunk for an afternoon in July and it will pick up moisture. The cell walls will be pushed out by the absorption of all the water and this will make the neck stronger.  A stronger neck will be better able to resist string tension and will bend backwards.  A neck in back bow will sizzle and buzz, action will become uneven, and the player will feel a lack of dynamic range.   "when I play hard, it buzzes" - I'm talking to YOU!

​I'm going to make this simple – 72° F, 42-50% humidity

Anything else affects your guitar in some way.  Yes, you can put your guitar on a stand in your well-kept house and it will survive at factory set action for some time
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