i just received the task to attempt to refinish and completely restore a very old acoustic stand-up bass. i'm not sure of the manufacturer or year of it yet, as i just got it and have not done a full inspection. i build and repair solidbody guitars and have not worked or completely built an acoustic before. although, i do repair and work on acoustic 6-strings. i was wondering how much different this project will be. this bass is about 6 feet tall, so size (and weight) is definately a difference. what i had in mind was to strip and refinish the wood and get it back to maybe a displayable or possibly playable condition. when i got it out of the attic it was in worse shape than what i had though. there is a huge chunk broken off from the bottom of the body all the way to where the neck connects. but the piece is still present, so i could possibly repair that. and i also noticed the neck is loose and it looks like it was been worked on before. other than that, it's not real bad. there are of course dings and scratches and the wood is very dry (from being in a garage attic for years and the weather getting to it). i'd probably guess it's close to 50 years old, but not certain. i would like any help of ID'ing this to a year and manufacturer if possible. advice on how to repair and restore it will definately help also. or some websites i could look into. i want to do everything i possibly can to get it back to looking marvelous, like it did the day it was bought. i have over 40 of them so that you can all have a good idea with what i'm working with. this project is very important to me and will be to my friend and her grandpa if it's all done right. so any help or advice on absolutely anything here will be greatly appreciated. well, i will get straight to the pics. here they are: Body: pre-repair Headstock: pre-repair Large crack on top Large crack on top (#2) Headstock: pre-repair (#2) Neck Joint: pre-repair Back: pre-repair Hole Near the bridge and i have the piece that goes there too Foot: pre-repair Whole Bass: pre-repair Neck Joint: pre-repair Body: pre-repair After the top came off Inside after the top came off Chunk of top plate that stayed Inside bass Whole bass after I took top off Cleats inside bass Inside bass (#2) Inside bass (#3) Top after it was taken off Top after it was taken off (#2) Top after it was taken off (#3) Underneath top Cleats holding old cracks together Underneath top (#2) Tuners on headstock Headstock Headstock (#2) Back of headstock Side of headstock: notice the chunk missing on the scroll Tuners Tuners (#2) Inside bass: pre-cleaning Inside of bass before edges were cleaned Inside bass: after cleaning Inside bass: after cleaning (#2) A clean edge Another clean edge I still have some questions too: What should i use to get the old finish off? sandpaper? stripper? The neck joint is very loose but i can't seem to find a way to get it off. It looks like it was repaired before because there are 2 holes on the neck at the joint. I think it is held in by screws, but i can't tell and a screwdriver does not help in finding the screws. Should I take the neck off or just support it more with glue? something else? The tuners are very tarnished and beat up. What chemical would be the best to get them closely back to their original shape without damaging them at all? I would like to keep all the parts original if they are salvageable, but if not, I will get some new parts. The foot or endpin is pretty beat up so I may get a new one. So, any help up to this point would be awesome. I think I'm going to start in on it again within the next couple of days. Thanks!