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The workshop is always a buzz of activity, from newly created work to repairs and restorations. 

Sohn Stringed Instruments is located in the lower Fraser Valley in beautiful British Columbia. I'm privileged to have the workshop located in a peaceful country setting with an incredible view of Mt. Baker in the distance. This tranquil setting is ideal as I have little interruption to distract me from my work.

Restoration of vintage stringed instruments is my passion. There is no greater pleasure than taking an old mandolin or guitar and restoring it. Over the years I have done some interesting restorations to numerous vintage instruments. Here's a few examples and the stories behind them.

1918 Gibson F Style.


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This is a 1966 Gibson ES175. Someone had taken a saw and cut the headstock off. The serial numbers inside the guitar body told me it was an original and I went ahead with the repair. First I removed the headstock overlay and carefully removed the ultra-thin crown inlay from the original headstock veneer. Next, I then proceeded to reconstruct the damaged areas to the headstock and then inlaid a new headstock veneer to match the Gibson logo of the late 1960's era. The sides and back of the headstock were veneered with thin strips of mahogany. The customer requested that the back of the neck be refinished and the frets be replaced. Aside from the finish looking new on the neck and headstock, the previous damage is now undetectable.

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This 1955 Gibson ES295 guitar came to my shop with a broken headstock, The cracked headstock was a rather easy repair but was impossible to hide because of the gold finish surrounding the area. The back of the neck was badly worn with hardly any of the gold finish left on it. The customer agreed to have the neck refinished. After painstakingly mixing several samples, I was able to closely match the original gold finish.

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This guitar, a 1967 Gibson J200, had sentimental value to the customer and was considered a family heirloom. It had fallen off the wall and the neck cracked at the neck heel. The top also cracked on both sides of the neck extension right to the sound hole. The original unprofessional repair to the instrument, in my opinion, created more damage than the original break. A sawed off piece of broom handle was propped up against one of the back braces and the neck block to support the neck. Five minute epoxy was used to glue the cracks together and was a nightmare to get off. In some places the glue was half an inch thick inside the guitar. It took me 3 days just to get the neck off the guitar. The customer requested that it be refinished in its entirety. I completed the neck re-set and refinished the guitar to match the vintage blonde colour that it originally had.

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