Hi, I am getting an old guitar delivered tomorrow.
It was cheap, and I am taking it on as a project.
I am in no way a luthier, not even close.
But, I have some work to do on this one.
The main issue is a thin crack on the top
of the bridge, that runs between the 6 pin holes.
Can I just glue it shut? If so, what glue do I use,
and how do I clamp it? I will restring it with extra-
light strings, to decrease the tension once repaired.
The guitar is a Brazos model BA45.
It is from the 1980s, and is not worth paying
a luthier top-dollar to repair it. I am hoping I can
get it playable on my own.
Thanks for any advice.
When the guitar gets to you, please post a picture of the crack so the experts can assess the issue and give you the info you need.
It's great news that you're going to do the repair on your own. You'll be amazed at the amount of repair stuff you can do to your own instruments.
We're with ya 100%, buddy :)
Hello, here is the crack..
the crack seems very superficial, it does not go through the whole bridge
I'd use medium viscosity CA glue, masking tape to cover around the spot and a couple of tissues inside the guitar.
Then some touch up and call it done.
Agree/ In a low value guitar this is just a cosmetic issue. CA glue, and a bit of filling/shading with some suitable black stuff - like a black sharpie
what is CA glue though?
is that superglue (cyanoacrylate)?
do I need to clamp it?
or just fill the thin crack with CA?
is the gel version better than the thin liquid?
My sincere compliments to Andrew for giving EXCELLENT advice & instruction to Arthur.
Andrew: you worded that so a guy at Arthur's skill level can successfully complete the repair. All bases were covered.
Good work, man :)
Arthur: best of luck for a successful repair. :)
Thank you Paul!
baby steps with me, but this is a good start
I think I rescued this guitar from the possible scrap pile
this guitar has more life left in it, and it makes me happy
hearing it sing again