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A shrinking pickguard cracks the guitar top!

Issue 177 November 08, 2012

In Dan Erlewine's shop:
This Martin D-35 has a crack in the top, created by the pull of a shrinking pickguard. Dan fixes the problem and shows how to keep this from happening again.
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blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkCurling, shrinking plastic pulls apart the spruce grain.
  • checkmarkMaking a splint to fill the crack.
  • checkmarkUsing a suction cup to pump glue.
  • checkmarkSealing the wood with super glue.
  • checkmarkInstalling a replacement pickguard.
  • checkmarkMasking tape hinge keeps the guard in place.
  • checkmarkA cereal bowl? Really?
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Acoustic Guitar Pickguard
Self-adhesive Dreadnought pickguards in high-gloss plastic and abalone.
Pickguard Adhesive Sheet
The clean way to attach an acoustic guitar pickguard. No brushing, no mess.
Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife
Great for removing bridges, pickguards, and the fingerboard extension from guitars.
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Behlen Ground Hide Glue
This traditional luthier's glue is the favorite around our shops.
Spruce Patching Wood
Three pieces of thin quartersawn spruce for making patches for repairing cracks.
Double-stick Tape
Clear polyester tape with adhesive on both sides, for holding router templates and attaching acoustic guitar pickguards.
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