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... the top was sunken between the two pickups.
I removed the pickups for a quick peek inside, expecting to find a
broken tone bar, but I think what I found is even worse:
This in clearly a victim of hot car syndrome... and I think it's worse than a broken brace because that glob of glue has hardened this way and I can't force the brace back....this is the worst spot but here's some more pics:
The only thing I can think of is removing the tone bars completely, cleaning up and re gluing... but I would REALLY rather avoid that if at all possible. Any suggestions?
To do a good repair I don't have any other idea but removing the back, get the tone bars off, cleaning the area and gluing back the whole thing. That's a long work, and the only good point in it is that perhaps the bill will remind your customer not to forget the guitar in the car. I fixed an old ES-125 that way : http://paroiron.free.fr/dotclear/index.php?post/2009/09/Restauratio...