For what it is worth, I did put together a little thread on this forum about what to look for when buying a used acoustic guitar.This is all new territory for me on many fronts.. 1. I don't play acoustic, but now being a dedicated home/ hobbyist I figured an acoustic should be in my rig. 2. Buying a guitar that I have not played nor conducted much research on. 3. Buying a guitar that requires repair before I can even hear it.
When I visited with the previous owner, she informed me (it was her Fathers guitar) that she purchased a sound hole humidifier. I beleive this is what caused the bridge to release because she kept tension on the strings, but I cant say for certain, all I can say is the guitar definelty shows tell tail signs of drying out rather than any sort of direct player damaged. Interestingly the crack is ever so slightly starting to lift out, I assume this is due to her re-humidification attempt.
Anyhoo, I have an appointment with the luthier tomorrow.. I took before pictures and will provide up dates and post progress pictures. Fingers crossed this will be a positive learning experience rather than a "I never should have bothered with this" type of experience
Thank you all for your help.. I honestly would have attempted the crack fix on my own (not the bridge), but you all made me realize a professional should really be bringing this thing back to its former glory.
We have had a number of threads and discussions lately that involve buying or selling older guitars, and several on recent Martins needing neck resets. Lots of threads asking “what guitar should I buy for (insert price)” which get the inevitable answer “buy a used yyyy”. That can be great...
The two things I look at first are the neck angle and the hydration condition. Those can be make or break issues as you are learning. Anything can be repaired, some things just cost more than they might be worth.
Its also a bit ironic that Jean Larrivee has one of the best articles on humidity and its effects on his web page. I used to point people there regardless of what kind of guitar they play.