Batuque was in rough shape when she came in. (See these posts (1) (2) .) Back braces loose, bindings broken, rattled when played. The fix was to remove and replace the back, reglue the braces, new bindings, refresh the finish and make sure playability and sound were good. After the owner got the guitar back, he wrote how much the restoration pleased him. “Fab” he said. Bart also has another guitar that I built for him in 2004.
Yes, the guitar came in today. The restoration is absolutely wonderful! I definitely was not expecting it to be this fab, considering the shape it was in. It looks and plays beautifully. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such great care of it! Also, this is the first time that the 7 string and the Batuque are in the same room. It was truly a pleasure to a/b them for the first time ever! I feel like a kid in a candy store with these two guitars!