Any thoughts on this? I've repaired a break like this before without any reinforcement, but it was a repair on a nylon string guitar. I called my customer to check it's still glued. It is!
But recently, i've been reading some posts about end grain gluing and how weak this joints are. So, now i have some doubts.
This guitar i'm supposed to glue is a steel string (a cheap one).
No the spline did not lift, but the abrupt grain discontinuity at the end of the spline was inherently a weak point which allowed a new break to develop.
Here's prepped for backstrap
The previous break is clearly visible in the middle of the splint
The new break started at the end of the splint, I suspect that if a simple glue repair had been done without the splint, the second break would not have occurred
You could say both. I've done it with a solid piece too. It depends on the break.
At the moment my beltsander doesn't have an edge that big. I guess i'd have to use the luthiers friend sanding station. I think your method would also be a more practical approach touch up wise. A back strap is a lot of refinishing i think. A very tough repair thou.
Here's a couple more, one is a combination backstrap and veneer build the other is a solid piece curved on the bottom and carved as a volute on top.
Looks good, nice job.
Thank you John!
I like the strap better than the usual splines. This will do a better job of distributing the loads back to the neck.
Thank you Allan. I decided i'm going to do the backstrap. Its gonna be a good practice. Harder to touch up thou.