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Slots will now be cut into the new string nut, and this Martin 12-string will be ready to make some music once again!

1962 Fender Bass VI Restoration

Yet another disfigured vintage Fender Instrument.  This time it's a 1962 Bass VI...
The headstock had been modified from the original 6-in-line tuner arrangement, to a 3-per-side type headstock, complete with added wood, which was removed before I received the neck in for repair....
New maple is being added to the headstock so that the original shape can be restored.....
The neck had to be shaved even further in order for the new maple to fit in the proper orientation.  Most of the new wood will be removed as the Bass VI headstock is shaped....
As you can see from this side, things are already starting to take shape....
Everything is glued and clamped, and left to cure for 24 hours....
Multiple pieces of maple are grain-aligned and glued to form an oversized headstock blank....
The maple veneers will serve to camouflage and further reinforce the headstock....
Again, the pieces are glued, clamped, and left to cure.....
Now things are really starting to take shape.  From here on, it's basic woodworking 101......UNTIL we get to the finish stage....
The Bass VI headstock shape has been restored.......
Just about ready for finish.....
The overall headstock thickness is profiled down to the proper dimensions....
The old frets have been pulled, and the board is being prepped for new frets.....
The new frets are in and roughly shaped.  I'll perform the final fret dress later.....
Here, I have sprayed a couple of coats of tinted lacquer, which will serve as the base for my faux graining/camouflage....
After the tinted basecoat, I apply a darker stipple pattern to suggest pores in the wood....
Here, you can see where I've began to paint the maple grain over top of the tinted basecoat....
The intitial graining is finished, and a coat of lacquer has been sprayed to seal everything I've done so far...
The transition between real grain and faux grain....
Painted grain at the edge....
Now, on to the body refinish....
First, white lacquer primer is sprayed.....
The face of the headstock is sprayed Inca Silver to match the body...
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