Monday, March 4, 2019

Repair: 1840 Luigi Filano Romantic Guitar

Recently I restored this 1840 Luigi Filano guitar made in Naples, Italy. It is very similar to the more well known Gennaro Fabricatore instruments made in the same city. The problems were a loose back with loose and broken binding, loose back and top braces and various cracks. The guitar was not strung up so I could not gauge playability, but as I worked with the guitar I noticed it needed fretwork and a saddle. The original saddle slot had been filled and they were using a piece of wire as a saddle. The neck is very thin compared to modern classical guitars but perfectly straight after all these years thanks in part to the veneered construction. The fingerboard is flush with the top so the neck is set angled back to get correct action.

removing binding (probably not original)

Inside when I just opened the box. I removed some previous reinforcements.

Top braces that were loose on the ends.

Glue that had to be cleaned off the back to glue back braces on again.

Clean back

Cleaning the back braces

Gluing the ends of braces

Repairing lining

Crack that had to be filled

Reinforcements and bridge plate crack repair

The finished top

Neck set before regluing back

Regluing the back

Fitting new binding

Gluing new binding

New binding

The finished guitar

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