Crack in Gibson ES335 -- opinions? Possible structural problem?

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  1. wzzzmr

    wzzzmr Member

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    Hi all,

    First time poster, long time lurker here..

    I picked up my 2006 Gibson ES335 the other day, and was surprised to see a crack near its base. It looks like the top has separated slightly from the body (pictures attached, scroll below). Given the location, do you think the crack is a sign of a structural problem (that will worsen in the future)? Or is the crack merely cosmetic?

    My initial thoughts: I guess string tension can pull the top off an acoustic or a classical. But is this possible for an ES335, given that the top is glued to the centerblock as well? I'm a bedroom player and i've been extremely gentle with the ES335 so far, so i suspect 2 likely culprits: (a) humidity, because its warm where i am, or (b) slightly shoddy construction.

    Any ideas, anyone? :( I'm really hoping that this won't involve an expensive and complicated fix!

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  2. alltone

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    I would suggest finding someone in your area who is a rep(salesman) for Gibson. They might like to see this and repair it for you. looks like a factory defect I.M.H.O...
    Good luck, Cheers, Doug.
     
  3. patpark

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    it looks like the bottom edge has a crack also. What a repair tech will do is insert glue into the open crack, clamp it overnight and do some light sanding /refinishing work to the outside.

    looks like it may have taken a fall on the strap button.
     
  4. wzzzmr

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    Thanks, I'll see what the dealer can do. I don't have very high hopes though, I've heard stuff about Gibson's return/fixes policy for international sales. I think my best practical solution would be for a local tech to see it instead..
     
  5. David Collins

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    In Singapore it seems almost all problems on guitars can be traced or linked to humidity, and it's likely that Gibson would tell you the same thing in regards to warranty - "problems caused by environmental conditions".

    Heading to your local tech to see what they can do will probably be your best bet.
     
  6. wzzzmr

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    Yes, the weather here just isn't good for guitars. Electronics tarnish faster, and acoustic guitars tend to warp.. just didn't think it would happen for a semi hollow, which i thought would be tougher..
     

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