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Frank's Fingerboard Top Crack has been my guide in dealing with an MD-12 that has the same issue but one addition--the soundboard has split…

Started by Bay Rum Around

5 Dec 7, 2020
Reply by Bay Rum Around

A hairline crack? (pics)

There's a hairline looking crack on my sound top. I am not sure whether it is a crack or not, I hope you could tell me that. I'm currently…

Started by Arash

24 Feb 8, 2018
Reply by Mike Kolb

Top-loading acoustic bridge opinions?

Hi folks,  I've got a 1960's Harmony Sovereign on the bench that is a new acquisition by a mutual friend of my cousin, who also owns one of…

Started by John Cartwright

33 Oct 12, 2017
Reply by Mark McLean

Hello from new member and I need help with cracked guitar

Hi all, My name is Nick, in Crete, Greece, and my guitar cracked while playing ~10 days ago. Guitar is a Takamine EC132S, circa 1984-5. Lam…

Started by Nick Barrett

5 Apr 29, 2016
Reply by Greg Mirken

Martin DXM after a car trunk heating

I have been challenged to repair a Martin DXM (HPL top back and sides) after exposure to some excessive heat while under tension.  Imagine…

Started by Bob Witte

28 Oct 12, 2014
Reply by Jelle van Tilburg

archtop guitar center seam separation

Hi I built a D'Angelico New Yorker copy from Tom Ribbecke's plan (via Luthier's Mercantile) about 12 years ago.  It has since developed a c…

Started by Ernie Miciak

13 Mar 6, 2012
Reply by Jeff Highland


First off, my name is Mark and I am new here. I am not a luthier, I am just a guy trying to pick up some skills and hope to be able to buil…

Started by Mark Softich

19 May 28, 2011
Reply by Mark Softich

Any 'easy' way to cut nice, thin, clean splines for filling cracks due to top shrinkage ?

I seem to remember buying a finish or veneer blade for the 8" table saw and setting a shallow angle, then ripping the 3/4" spruce only to w…

Started by Paul Lupus

5 Oct 7, 2010
Reply by Robert Bander

ES-175 sinking top- another one

Hi all. I have a newer ES 175 on my bench which has me stumped.The customer brought it on for a set up but right away something looked off.…

Started by Meiron Blackstien

4 Jun 20, 2010
Reply by Pierre-Antoine Roiron

Can this be fixed?

Hello folks,(just a reminder, I'm in the process of learning the trade mostly on my own with kind friends lending me some pretty torn up st…

Started by John Cartwright

12 Jun 10, 2010
Reply by John Cartwright


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