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How big of a problem is this? (crack)

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Auggie, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Auggie

    Auggie Member

    May 19, 2010
    The guitar is an Epiphone Masterbuilt DR500MCE. Dealer says will take 80$ off the price. Fair? How big a deal is this? Guitar sounds wonderful otherwise
  2. Brien

    Brien Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    I could be repaired but not for less than $80. The question is, why did it happen? Impact? Any other isssues? That's a significant split.
  3. Rob Sharer

    Rob Sharer Muso-Luthier

    Sep 9, 2007
    That sort of thing happens when the guitar is squeezed too hard while in a gig bag. To fix it properly, your luthier needs to employ a tool called a brace jack, which is a mini version of what you might use to jack up a sagging joist under your house. There is loads of gluing surface, plus it's the back and not the top - prognosis is good.

    I would probably charge around $40 for that repair in my shop assuming no other issues, for reference.

    Good luck,

  4. zombywoof

    zombywoof Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I don't see it as a big deal. I ain't no luthier butwas able to repair broken braces in a 1920s Regal myself using one of those brace jacks mentioned in an above post.

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