Here at MayosMusic, in addition to offering great guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and autoharp lessons, we are also a complete luthier service that includes guitar/bass, all string instruments plus amplifier, studio, stage, sound reinforcement and guitar effect electronics repairs/restorations.
Below are pictures of the repair and restoration of a Gretch 6120 Chet Atkins Guitar. This Guitar came in with intermittent electrical problems, high action, intonation and tuning problems. The finish was dirty, had some dullness, minor scratches, plus the hardware and parts had finish wear and corrosion. This necessitated a complete tear-down for a proper repair and restoration.
The before pictures show the "6120" Gretch in as-is condition with dirt, corrosion and fret wear before the tear down.
The preceding photos show the complete guitar tear down: pulled wiring harness, complete disassembly of hardware, prep work for fret dressing and the finished fret work.
Note: Chemically cleaning internal electrical pots, switches, jacks, etc. would leave a harmful residue on the inside of a "F" hole type electric guitar - in addition to those parts being hard to reach for proper service/cleaning. Thus, the best method is to remove the wiring hardness for proper service/cleaning.
These photos of the "6120" Gretsch show the restored guitar. Work done:
1. Clean/Service all electrical pots, switches, jacks
2. R&R Tuning Keys w/polish
3. Fret Dress (Top, Recrown, and Polish)
4. Clean and Polish all metal/plastic parts, plus polish of guitar finish
5. Special Lube to Bigsby Vibrato (helps stay in tune)
6. Complete Set-Up and Adjustments.
I think I see Brian, Jump Jive an' Wail to Eddie's Summertime Blues. Go Cat Go. Oh, Chet, you're just too smooth.