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Charango Neck Repair by Nicole Alosinac Luthiery

Charango Neck Repair

The charango is a small South American stringed instrument of the lute family also known as the South American ukulele, although it has 10 stings. They were traditionally made with armadillo shells. The neck on this charango separated at the scarf joint, leaving this instrument useless without repair.
Guild S-100 bridge replacement by Nicole Alosinac Luthiery

Guild S-100 Bridge Replacement

This 1970's Guild S-100 had a very common problem for these particular guitars. The bridge was unstable, strings "pop" off the saddle make it hard to play. There were no replacement bridges available at the time with the correct string spacing so it was repaired with a Schaller bridge with adjustable string spacing.
Refret of B&D Silverbell banjo by Nicole Alosinac Luthiery

Refret of a B&D Montana Silverbell Tenor Banjo No.1

This banjo came into the shop with very worn frets and in need of a few bolts and set up. The Silver Bell line of banjos by Bacon & Day were considered the finest banjos ever made between 1922 and 1938. These banjos were known for their rich, voluminous sound, impeccable cutting power, and superb craftsmanship.
Repair of Huttl Guitar by Nicole Alosinac Luthiery

W. Huttl Archtop Headstock Repair

This archtop was made in the late 50s or early 60s in Germany by W. Huttl. This unique guitar seems to have survived the years quite well except for the headstock drying out and losing its overlay. The guitar also had a few other repairs while in for restoration including a neck reset and regluing some binding. It left the shop ready for another 50 years of making music. It actually had a really good "rootsy" sound for some types of jazz or folk. Definitely an interesting project!