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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 cracked top due to the pull of a shrinking plastic pickguard. Dan fixes the problem and shows how to keep this happening 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.

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