Possible total failure

1bad914

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I have been slowly working On a 356/trini/whatever build. I have been documenting it here. I had applied the finish and was just starting the assembly process, I just finished tapping in the bridge posts and noticed that something was wrong.
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The right lower bought and ear are cracked. The back is the only thing holding it on. I think I may have caused it. I had it on a pad and towel, while tapping in the pin in the middle I must have pushed the center down causing a torque on the right side. Sigh.

I think I can kind of fix it. Glue, clamp and then glue in some braces on the inside.
Not sure if I would be better off using wood glue or CA. Obviously I will have to refinish it….again.
 

Mistahbrock

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I suggest woodglue and then you may be able to touch up the crack with CA

And what a nice build by the way
Super nice finish
 

RedHills

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Uuuhg! I cant imagine how you could have put that much stress on it doing what you described? Its possible the maho was stress cracked prior...but to take the top with it too...dunno.
 
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Maricopa

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Gonna have to strip it down, or at least sand it, and take the binding off (don't think you can fix ABS like you could celluloid, someone correct me if I'm wrong here) but I think with some clever clamping and CA you'll be back in business. Might even be invisible, at least on the top.
 

1bad914

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Thank you all for the thoughts. I think my plan will be to clamp it and drop in thin CA. Then install cleats behind with wood glue. Then sand the finish back to a good point and pile more finish on. I will leave the binding as is, a reminder of how things can go south quickly. I will post pics as I go.
 

Fretting out

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However you address the problem, I’m sure it will recover nicely as the musical instrument that it is. You might very well have a life keeper. She’s not gonna be the cover girl, that’s all.

Sure she will be, a 2020’s covergirl!

The eye of the beholder decade!

I hope to see this guitar again, from the pictures I can see it’s looking pretty good
 




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