(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 stuff for me to cut my teeth on - so far so good, and the old Bay State guitar many of you have helped me with is doing fine and sounding great! Just waiting on my friend to find the vintage tuners he wants and it's done - used cheap tuners to set it up) ...meanwhile, back at the ranch:
OK, my cousin just handed me this baby today. I haven't dated it myself, but he has dated it to being a 1936(ish) Gibson L-3. The pictures tell the story. The neck joint seems solid, no pulling way from the body, but the shoulders and top are crushed in. As you may be able to tell from one of the pictures, there was a clear attempt to repair this some time back, but obviously there was a major failure. Don't know if it was dropped or just heavy strings used and stashed in an attic - no idea. Other than this, there are some solid successfully repaired cracks that look fine, hardly any checking to the finish and all looks in good order, though it will require a re-fret job as it was played heavily and the frets are down to nothing on the treble side up to the 9th fret or so.
So, from what you guys can tell, is this (1) repairable for regular use? (2) most likely from stress or accident? And (3), is this something that should be turned over to a seasoned pro? (if turned over to a pro, what would a job like this cost?)
As always, MANY THANKS!!!!
Tags: broken, crushed, in, shoulder, sides, top
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