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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

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    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
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  2. Brien

    Brien Member

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    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

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    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,

    Rob
     
  4. zombywoof

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    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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