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#1 stoopid

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:12 AM

My lower end Martin didn't survive the cross country trip so well.  It plays fine but I immediately noticed the slight neck gap/separation.

I've seen a few diy repairs videos on youtube.  It seems dubious I'd be able to repair this myself with some wood glue(?).

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:15 AM

Have you called around to any shops to get a quote?

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:22 AM

Is it only on the one side?.....if so, it may have sustained a knock and the wood on the other side may have been driven into the body a touch...I suppose you could try a few gentle taps on the raised side to level it out and maybe use wood glue once you are satisfied there is no gap, but not sure i would fancy trying it myself.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:54 AM

View PostJARG, on 06 November 2018 - 09:15 AM, said:

Have you called around to any shops to get a quote?

This would be my personal approach. Depends on the sentimental and commercial value for you, I guess. It looks slight, though I'd still get someones qualified opinion on this 1st, as I'm no good at woodwork!

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:49 AM

View PostJARG, on 06 November 2018 - 09:15 AM, said:

Have you called around to any shops to get a quote?

Not yet, was starting to lean toward diy when I saw people supposedly had success.  Money's a bit tight for such things at the moment, but I also know having it in this state isn't good for the long term.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:50 AM

View Postcondemned2bfree, on 06 November 2018 - 10:54 AM, said:

View PostJARG, on 06 November 2018 - 09:15 AM, said:

Have you called around to any shops to get a quote?

Depends on the sentimental and commercial value for you, I guess.

It has neither, it's just a decent guitar for noodling and very occasional tracking.  That's one reason I want to avoid spending a bunch of money fixing it.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:03 PM

The key thing is: if you try it yourself and totally hose the guitar, would it be a huge loss? If not, back off the string tension, glue it up, clamp it and say some prayers to the Martin gods. I noticed you said 'low end' in your post, so that would be a key. If this was higher end or vintage...oh hells no, let a pro take care of it.

Honestly for separation like that, i'm not sure what else a shop would do except what I said.

Then it again, it's easy for me to give advice when there's no chance of f***ing up my own gear. :P

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 02:48 PM

Thanks for the encouragement.  I went ahead and did the DIY repair and so far it's holding.  I left it a day as you see it in picture 1, for it to cure, since I didn't have any way of clamping it.

https://www.dropbox....lhkzm/guit1.jpg

https://www.dropbox....qqt9a/guit2.jpg

https://www.dropbox....wz2dd/guit3.jpg

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 03:54 PM

View Poststoopid, on 08 November 2018 - 02:48 PM, said:

Thanks for the encouragement.  I went ahead and did the DIY repair and so far it's holding.  I left it a day as you see it in picture 1, for it to cure, since I didn't have any way of clamping it.

https://www.dropbox....lhkzm/guit1.jpg

https://www.dropbox....qqt9a/guit2.jpg

https://www.dropbox....wz2dd/guit3.jpg

Looks good . . . maybe you should put an extra two hundred pounds of weight on it, though . . . :scared:

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 08:36 AM

View Posttoymaker, on 08 November 2018 - 03:54 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 08 November 2018 - 02:48 PM, said:

Thanks for the encouragement.  I went ahead and did the DIY repair and so far it's holding.  I left it a day as you see it in picture 1, for it to cure, since I didn't have any way of clamping it.

https://www.dropbox....lhkzm/guit1.jpg

https://www.dropbox....qqt9a/guit2.jpg

https://www.dropbox....wz2dd/guit3.jpg

Looks good . . . maybe you should put an extra two hundred pounds of weight on it, though . . . :scared:

It's not all on the neck.  I think there's 40 pounds total shown, and the way the weights are placed some is being sent into the floor through the body.  Considering my lack of proper tools, I'm pleased I was even able to get the job done with what I had.

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 08:40 AM

Correction, 45 pounds shown.

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:59 AM

View Poststoopid, on 09 November 2018 - 08:40 AM, said:

Correction, 45 pounds shown.

How will those weights affect the sound? And you sure are going to fatigue quickly playing it that way!

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 11:05 AM

View PostJARG, on 09 November 2018 - 10:59 AM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 09 November 2018 - 08:40 AM, said:

Correction, 45 pounds shown.

How will those weights affect the sound? And you sure are going to fatigue quickly playing it that way!
I play an early Ibanez solid body that's heavy as an anvil. Just gotta build up the girly man shoulders.

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 11:54 AM

View PostJARG, on 09 November 2018 - 10:59 AM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 09 November 2018 - 08:40 AM, said:

Correction, 45 pounds shown.

How will those weights affect the sound? And you sure are going to fatigue quickly playing it that way!

Ever gig with a solid body bass?  I'm up to the challenge!




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