Would You Try to Fix a Taylor Mini?

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  1. Last Nerve

    Last Nerve Supporting Member

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    Bought my daughter a Taylor Mini last XMas.
    While taking lessons, she got up to walk to her case, wasn't holding the guitar and the strap slipped off and it fell to a cement floor!
    Top 'came off' and there's a couple pieces.
    It was purchased used. It has the pickup system inside (which I could remove I guess).
    She's twelve-and-a-half, and the Taylor is almost too small for her.
    Wondering if any of you would look at getting it repaired or just move on and get her a full size guitar?
    (I'd be looking at a used Taylor GS, GC or GA, probably.)
     
  2. EricPeterson

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    A GS Mini? those are cool little guitars, even for full size adults. Do you have any pictures of the damage?
     
  3. lamenlovinit

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    A separated and broken top? No

    I recommend buying a used reasonable guitar at guitar center and purchasing the buyer protection plan. I do that with my 13 year old Son's guitars. 2 year no fault replacement (equal value)

    I would try to get some money out of the pickup (ebay) or see if you can donate the guitar to a junior college if there is one with luthier training.
     
  4. royd

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    I wouldn't fix it either... It will cost more than purchasing a replacement and be worth nothing after the repair.

    I would suggest putting it on e-bay where someone learning to do guitar repair might just pick it up. My son had a very nice Chinese made violin that was damaged beyond reasonable repair. We put it on ebay with a good description including quotes from the repair person who diagnosed the repairs and lots of photos and got considerably more than I expected.
     
  5. Last Nerve

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    I'll post some pictures over the weekend.
    It fell out of her hands and the bottom front edge hit the cement floor.
    The top is halfway 'peeled' off. Also broke into a couple pieces.
    Everything looks like it fits back together really well.
    It has the pickup. It has the gigbag.
    I might just try ebay, or here, with some full disclosure.

    Thanks everyone. Off to find her something new.
     
  6. EricPeterson

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    If you are willing to write it off as a loss, you have nothing to lose, so sounds like it could be a cool project to try and bring it back to life, I would be interested in taking a run at it for the right price.
     
  7. zombywoof

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    Nope. I agree though it might be a fun project to try and fix it up yourself. But I would say it is time to treat the kid to a new guitar.
     
  8. texasdave

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    …and tell you're daughter she's now a guitar veteran. You're still a rookie until one hits the ground.

    Texasdave
     

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