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GUITAR AND STRINGED INSTRUMENT REPAIR

Luthier Scott Johnson

The Importance of Using a Humidifier!

Don't let this happen to your guitar!
Download our Humidity Guide, and
make sure to use a humidifier during cold months!

Check out the pictures below
to see the photo story of this guitar repair.
You can click on each picture to see a larger version!

 

Here's how it came to us!
I don't mean to sound preachy, but...

 

 

Once again we see the ravages of dryness
coupled with some do-it-yourself attempts at repair work.
The guitar was clearly dried out and split at the center seam.
It had also opened up around the rim. The owner had
applied moisture directly to the top, as opposed to using
a humidifier, in an attempt to correct the problem.

 

 

This crack was too large to close, so the only choice was to fill it.

 


 

 

First I reglued the top to the sides.

 

 

Then I placed a cleat under the length of the crack,
and clamped it flat.

 


 

 

With the top glued to the sides, and the cleat in place,
I filled the crack with a piece of spruce from an old guitar top.

 


 

 

Sanded smooth and ready for sealer...

 

 


Since this was a satin finish top, after a couple coats of sealer
and some light rubbing with 0000 steel wool,
it was ready for return to the customer.

Don't forget to humidify!!



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