Our Work

Restoring a Gibson Classic

This ’61 Gibson LG-1 came to me from the east coast with a large problem- a large chunk of the back missing,  the wrong bridge and some loose bracing. The following is a series of photos showing the restoration that included a new matching back made of period correct mahogany and a hand built correct bridge and saddle. Some of the photos show a failed attempt to repair the loose bracing with zero success. THe bridge plate was also replaced. The result was a very happy customer (the owners first guitar) and a great sounding guitar.

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Custom Builds

Hatfield Guitar and Repair can design and build a custom instrument to your preferred specifications.

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Professional Setup

Hatfield Guitar and Repair offers Professional Setup for your new instrument regardless of where you purchased it or your daily player!

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Pickup Installs

Do you have an acoustic guitar that needs a pickup installed? Stop and and let Hatfield Guitar and Repair show you the options we have for your acoustic pickup needs.

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Restoration and Refinishing

Hatfield Guitar and Repair is the place for restoration of old, vintage instruments. Whether you are looking to refinish a classic, or restore a family heirloom, you can trust Hatfield Guitar and Repair to get it done right, the first time.

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Fret Work

We can do anything from a complete fret, level, and dress to a complete re-fret.

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Making a Custom Made Nut

These photos show what is involved in fabricating a custom nut. Nuts can come in a few different materials—plastic, Micarta, Tusq, and bone. Many prefer bone since it wears the best and has a brighter tone. Most high-end guitars have bone nuts and saddles installed from the factory. However, it is a personal preference as many will argue that Tusq is superior. Give me a call and I will gladly discuss the pros and cons with you.2012-03-05 19.01.22 2012-03-05 19.03.42 2012-03-05 19.04.02 2012-03-05 19.04.43 2012-03-05 19.04.53 2012-03-05 19.06.55 2012-03-05 19.08.54 2012-03-05 19.11.47 2012-03-05 19.13.00

Fret Dress

This series of photos shows different instruments in for fret dress. This process involves stabilizing the guitar in a tool, leveling the frets with a series of files and recrowning them to better than new condition. The nut and saddle are then adjusted for optimum action and playability. This is necessary when frets are worn and the sound and action are adversely affected.

Truss Rod Replacement

This is an early 70’s Fender 12 String which was damaged when the wrong Allen wrench was used to adjust the truss rod—stripping it out. Since it was more work to extract the nut from the small opening in the headstock, the rosewood fingerboard was removed and the nut was replaced. Heat was used to loosen the hide glue and separate the fingerboard from the neck. Once the fingerboard was off, it was found that the truss rod had come loose and needed to be re-glued, making this repair all the more worthwhile. After the epoxy hardened and the fingerboard was reglued, the instrument was re-strung and was like new again.

New Bridge for a 64 Gibson LG-0

This 1964 Gibson LG-0 came in for a new rosewood bridge and compensated bone saddle. The LG-0 was intended to be a student guitar because of its smaller body and shorter length. It has a mahogany back, sides, and top and features a very distinctive sound. The guitar originally came with a plastic bridge that many believed was used as a cost-savings measure. In order to replace the bridge, the holes in the top had to be plugged to form a strong anchor surface. The new bridge was made from a solid rosewood blank and fitted to the top with a matching radius. Once completed, the guitar had a much stronger, balanced tone that is very pleasing. Yet another instance of an inexpensive guitar that gained popularity because of its sound and “folky” appearance.