The other day, I discovered that my mandolin was cracked near the tailpiece. I hadn’t played it in a while because the nut had come off and I hadn’t had a chance to fix it. It has honestly just kind of been in the closet, so Mrs. Glass suggested that I fix it and share the process with you, Dear Reader.
I got my mandolin on eBay in 2012. It was a customized/cannibalized amalgamation of parts from other mandolins and features a biscuit resonator for a unique, tinny sound. I really like it a lot, but I have noticed some things about it over time that the ambitious creator of this instrument might not have had more heart than knowledge in this project.
To get it up to Glass Standards, I started by takings the strings and tailpiece off. Then I took off the repurposed grill-top (a feature I also really enjoy) and removed the resonator. Then I cleaned and polished every inch of it. Some of the pins on the tailpiece were bend so I straightened them out as well and made sure the tuners were cleaned up and in working order.
When I checked the crack on the tail end, it seemed like a pretty straightforward fix. The veneer had separated from the actual body so I just needed to re-attach it. I got some Loctite epoxy and an Irwin Quick-Grip C-clamp and got the whole thing set up
I also use epoxy and the clamp to attach the nut.
That’s where I am right now, because the epoxy needs to cure. Also, I need to research whether or not I should secure the resonator to the frame because right now the strings just hold it into place. I will post again with the finished project. Wish me luck !