lowbrow Posted May 13, 2009 Report Share Posted May 13, 2009 I'm refurbishing a "1963ish" Gretsch Astro Jet. I got it as a stripped carcass and one of the issues it has was rotting binding. The treble side of the neck binding had fallen off long ago and a previous owner had continued to play the guitar apparently. The wood ledge for the binding was worn away in a area around the 12th fret. I've re-installed new binding and I mixed up some liguid hide glue and mahogany dust as a filler for the missing wood. That all has gone pretty well and I'm at the grain filling stage. My problem is I've noticed the hide glue putty area gets sticky if my hand is in contact with it for any length of time. I assume I'm re-activating the hide glue with my body heat and moisture. Will this be a problem after I get various coats of sealer and lacquer over the area, do you think? Would I be better off to stop where I am, remove the hide glue/putty and re-do this fix with something else or some other method? I don't have much in the way of power tools, so replacing it with wood would be quite difficult...I was thinking maybe mix epoxy and mahogany saw dust instead, but I'm not sure now... Thanks in advance for any insight or help you may be able to provide.. Here are a couple pictures of the area in question: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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