I finished the bouzouki rebuild, deciding not to stain the damaged wood on the body. The body was re varnished and the new neck was finished with Danish Oil. The reason for not staining the body was because I could find no suitable match for the original stain colour and I had no interest in using paint stripper to take all the old varnish off and get back to raw wood.
The project was all about seeing if we could rebuild an instrument that other luthiers had said was beyond repair. Here is the video of the first test drive. I set up the instrument and did a quick two track recording, ( a duo with another bouzouki, to compare tone).
Next blog will be on a big wood purchase……oooooohh!