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Old 09-24-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default How to fix a guitar, the awesome way

Okay, so I've got a pretty crazy guitar story for you guys... (here's the video if this post is TLDR)

A few days ago I was in Richmond with my buddy Seth visiting our friend Nimai there. I had basically my longboard and my guitar strapped to my back. We were all walking back to Nimai's place, I was cruising pretty slow alongside them on my board, when I hit a weird little gap in the pavement-- Board went backwards, me and the guitar went forwards, and I can't remember exactly how it landed (might have involved me landing on it in some capacity), but it wasn't until we got back to Nimai's place and he pulled it out of the bag to jam on it that we realized there was a huge fucking dent punched in the front of it just under the soundhole, a few big cracks going all the way back to the bottom binding of the body and the bridge sunken a good inch or so.

Here are some pictures of the damage (doesn't do it justice):

The bottom half of the soundhole pushed in

The biggest crack running all the way back to the edge... you can see the big dent in the distance there (this was post-repair I believe so you can't see the sunk bridge)

The method of repair

The repaired beauty in a North Vancouver park

I'd given up all hope of ever playing it again, I was thinking about hitting up the pawn shops to look for a new main guitar... I was sort of jokingly looking around the room in desperation for something to jam inside the body and prop the bridge up so I could play it again-- never thinking it'd work, I grabbed a cassette tape case from the nightstand and shoved it in under the bridge.

...Err, holy shit, suddenly the bridge was the perfect height again: near-perfect intonation all across the neck (and that's quite a precise thing to tune if it's off. somehow the tape was exactly the right height). Sounded just as great as it did before. This warrior of an instrument had turned a fatal crunch into a minor cosmetic issue with a damn cool story behind it. I dearly love this guitar. (it was my first, given to me by a friend years ago when I first started learning, he found it in a pawn shop with no bridge or strings)

Here's some video documentation right after I wedged the tape inside:

how to fix an acoustic guitar (the awesome way)

Thought this was a pretty cool little incident.

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Old 09-24-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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Holy shit! I'm glad you got it fixed! That guitar is still one of the coolest I've ever seen.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:44 PM   #3
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Yeah, I don't think I'd be able to fully replace it if it had gone under for good. I've played no other like it

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Old 09-24-2009, 02:02 PM   #4
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this is pretty cool. I like this.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:12 PM   #5
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Sweet guitar, man. I should paint mine something sweet, I would be devastated if that happened to mine. Mine was out of commission for 6 months? When I accidentally stepped on it, getting the phone and broke one of the tuning pegs. I really think I am going to paint mine now.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:18 PM   #6
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Actually, the designs I did with a sharpie and a whiteout pen, then finished it with an old can of Verethane. Paint would probably work just as well though, I'm sure. :p

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Old 09-24-2009, 02:24 PM   #7
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:23 PM   #8
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And people said cassettes were a dead medium. Good to see you got it fixed, albeit not in a conventional way.
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