I have a terribly cheap VSO that I bought on Craigslist because I needed its case. The whole set was $40! The case has gone on to fulfill its purpose as protector of my uncle's old fiddle that I let my friends borrow. I can keep the bow as a spare, but I have no use for the VSO.
The neck, fingerboard and scroll of the VSO are plastic. The body is some sort of real wood. I've already taken apart everything that's removable, and now I want to open the thing up and see inside!
I'm guessing that the seams were glued with something cheaper than hide glue. How would I know? If it's hide glue, it would melt with heat, right? But I don't want to set the durned thing on fire!
I have no plans to become a professional luthier, at least not in the foreseeable future, but I like tinkering. I read somewhere that people can open up a VSO, refine the top and back by sanding and scraping, and then put it back together for a better sound. This particular VSO is probably hopeless, but that makes it a great specimen for experimentation. (I'd also need a new neck and fingerboard, if I get that far.)
Any tips on opening the seams?
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