Those who have seen, or worse ... have experienced busted pivot holes know it's not a pretty sight.
By the looks of things, this guitar had already been plugged a couple times and the wood is cracked in several places.
Just thought I'd post some pics showing one way how to make a repair.
First, I plugged the holes with dowels. Not as a repair, but to provide a solid base for what lies beneath.
Then I routed past the damaged wood and created a flat, level surface with a router. The pattern was just done "freehand" because I knew it would all eventually be concealed.
I then fabricated the new section of wood.
Using glue and two 1-1/2" countersunk screws, I secured the new piece of wood.
The screws not only served to secure the new piece, but it also eliminated the need for any bulky clamps. You'll also notice that I purposely left a good portion of the existing wood as not to jeopardize the integrity of the repair.
This guitar was also in need of some attention to the neck pocket area.
This was actually to my advantage, as routing down further in the neck pocket enabled me to position the new pivot holes safely away from any cavity walls and still maintain the proper distance.
("Before" pics on left / "After" pics on right)
BTW, I don't make a habit out of painting neck pockets, but that's how I recieved the guitar and I didn't want to return the guitar with signs of any obvious repairs. And in this case, the additional paint shouldn't have any effect.
Here's what the repair looks like so far ...
I skimmed the surface with Dolphin glaze to help fill cracks and to also help fill the grain of the wood. When it dries and is sanded, it should also serve as a good primer for when I do the touch-ups.
Though I will take the time to do touchups and make this repair as un-noticable as possible, it will all be covered by the pickgaurd and totally undetectable.
Thanks for looking.