Spots of paint in the deeper dinks in the body suggest it was red. Anyway, it looks pretty cool, au naturel.
It sustained an injury to the edge of the fretboard which has left a sharp protuberance at the eighth fret making it very unpleasant to play. The first job was to find a matching piece of rosewood, which meant a deep-shed search, requiring sturdy boots and breathing apparatus.
Step 1: The Damage.
Okay. First things first. The damage needs to be worked into a shape and state that will allow for the repair-piece to be affixed with a degree of integrity. I used a scalpel and a nail file to achieve a uniform and level surface.
Step 2: The Repair Piece.
I sliced off the piece pictured, which was easily big enough for three attempts. I got lucky on the first go and after an hour or so of whittling and sanding it was ready to fit.
There was no need to remove the strings - and if I had, the owner is such a tight-arse that it would have taken forever to get him to cough-up the cash for a new set :-)
Step 3: Fitting.
Step 4: Shaping Up.
Step 5: Kissing Off.