Cedar Top Repair

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marcwhitsett
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Cedar Top Repair

Post by marcwhitsett » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:29 pm

Hi.

I had my German Vasquez Rubio cedar top guitar repaired last year by a luthier here in Cincinnati that involved a crack that extended just to the bridge. He did a solid physical repair but it is butt ugly. Any thoughts if this can be cosmetically improved without wrecking the repair?

Pictures are attached.

Thanks!

Marc Whitsett
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Justfun
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Re: Cedar Top Repair

Post by Justfun » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:13 pm

Yes,

Aaron Green has done great restoration work.

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Philipp Lerche
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Re: Cedar Top Repair

Post by Philipp Lerche » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:30 pm

Is that an oil finish ?

What happens if you wipe with a damp cloth over the glue line ? Does it get darker or maybe less eye-catching ?
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Re: Cedar Top Repair

Post by marcwhitsett » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:18 pm

Phil,

I tried a damp cloth. Nothing.

I decided to go over it with an artist pencil. I at least got the hue to be less in your face white.

Not too satisfying, actually.

The bad news is I see several early cracks : 1 on a bout, the other on the back. Hmmm...my guitar is dying.

I actually keep it in a controlled humidity area in my home.

marc

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Re: Cedar Top Repair

Post by Michael.N. » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:48 pm

To be honest that's a very cheap repair. Looks more like filler/glue. In cedar the repair should be near invisible.
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Re: Cedar Top Repair

Post by marcwhitsett » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:18 pm

Michael,

Agreed. I was really shocked when he gave it to me. Needless to say...I haven't returned to him.

There are no good luthiers in my area.

marc

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Re: Cedar Top Repair

Post by Peter_T » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:42 pm

Agreed, this looks to be an unacceptable repair job, assuming you paid money for it (sorry to say). Please post if you do find someone who can clean it up.

Most alarming is that whatever they used seems to have accumulated on the edge of the bridge as well (am I seeing that correctly)? Hope this can get sorted, good luck!

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