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nullnaught  
2 Apr 2011 19:10 | Quote
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I really can't see how this crack is fixable. The black piece is like glued to the guitar im guessing. Should i trash this guitar now. If its fixable? And how much money may i have to throw at it?




BodomBeachTerror  
2 Apr 2011 19:11 | Quote
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I would say you would just need to take it to a luthier and replace the bridge.. but i could be wrong
nullnaught  
2 Apr 2011 19:14 | Quote
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How is the bridge replaceable? I see no way to remove it.
luthier  
2 Apr 2011 19:24 | Quote
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Your luthier will take a special electric iron and set it on the bridge to melt the glue and remove it. Then it can be replaced.
nullnaught  
2 Apr 2011 19:25 | Quote
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what?
BodomBeachTerror  
2 Apr 2011 19:26 | Quote
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after a bit of google searching ive found that the bridge cracking is a fairly common issue. but highly recommended that you don't do it unless you know what you're doing and just take it to a guitar repairman.

http://www.guitarrepairshop.com/repairbridge.html
JazzMaverick  
2 Apr 2011 19:29 | Quote
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He's right, take it to a shop otherwise it'll just get worse and could end up ruining the neck of your guitar. They'll melt the glue, take it off and replace it with another one... but ask how much it will be before you do it...

Anyway, it's a nameless guitar, right? Might be time to get a guitar that's worth while. Otherwise you're spending more money on repairs than the price of a fairly decent guitar.

Hope this helped.
luthier  
2 Apr 2011 19:35 | Quote
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If you do what Jazzy suggested and just get a new one you could use that one to practice your lutherie skeelz.
nullnaught  
2 Apr 2011 19:49 | Quote
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i must take the cheapest route. Thanks jazzy. i will make a phone call and see. I'll come back and say what they charge for such an operation.

tinyskateboard  
2 Apr 2011 22:53 | Quote
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If you are going to toss it otherwise, you might be able to get a luthier in training to fix it for you for free. Post a Craigslist ad. The bridge itself costs $16.98 at Stewmac and the glue is $10.

Gluing the crack shut will cost less even, and you can do that yourself.
nullnaught  
10 Apr 2011 23:50 | Quote
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I think the neek is warped also.

Is the fact that there is not one indentifing mark on this guitar imply its a cheap piece of crap?

Not even a serial number.

im thinking of just going with a new electric.
gshredder2112  
10 Apr 2011 23:53 | Quote
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ouch,neck warping on acous sucks,but maybe we can help ya pick out a new electric.
nullnaught  
11 Apr 2011 00:37 | Quote
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I was thinking schecter. But now im thinking hallowbody.
BodomBeachTerror  
11 Apr 2011 00:48 | Quote
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Schecter makes a ES styled guitar, I never played one but I've read good reviews
nullnaught  
11 Apr 2011 00:56 | Quote
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I can find semi hollow schecters on the internet. BUt what about hollow. Do those even exist?

And im finding some gretch hollow bodys for around 750. Im not a big fan of tremelo bars but if its ganna be there then i guess thats fine. But id rather it not be there and save a little.
gshredder2112  
11 Apr 2011 01:02 | Quote
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i dnt think so. i always liked the epiphone dot,for a hollowbody.or i ya got the cash an es335
gshredder2112  
11 Apr 2011 01:09 | Quote
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maybe a thinline telecaster? those are sweet.
luthier  
11 Apr 2011 08:14 | Quote
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@null I'm probly not right but the headstock shape and also the fact that it looks to have real abalone inlay on the fretboard make me think it may be motsakumo. Possibly.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Dot-Deluxe-Flametop-SemiHollowbody-Electric-Guitar?sku=512456
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Win, I know it's Epiphone but it's still a good guitar.
nullnaught  
11 Apr 2011 08:22 | Quote
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What if i just bought new pickups for my guitar and had the wiring redone and mabye better switches and nobs. Wouldnt that sound like a new guitar also?
luthier  
11 Apr 2011 08:30 | Quote
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Well... mmm, it could be made to sound better but the wood that the body and neck are made of effect it just as much.
nullnaught  
11 Apr 2011 09:05 | Quote
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Does the wood effect the sound? It seems like that would be between the strings and the pickups only. How would that work?
luthier  
11 Apr 2011 09:16 | Quote
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Let's say you have two strats with identical necks and pickups. Strat 1 has a body made of ash. Strat 2 has a maple body. Strat ones tone will be very warm and mellow. Strat 2's tone will be brighter and more crisp. Is your guitar solid wood or plywood?
nullnaught  
11 Apr 2011 09:35 | Quote
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How would i check to see?
luthier  
11 Apr 2011 09:40 | Quote
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Unstring it and take the pickguard off and see if it looks solid or if it look like a bunch of thin pieces glued together.
tinyskateboard  
11 Apr 2011 10:34 | Quote
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You have to try out a bunch of guitars, then go for neck-feel in my opinion. Then look for that guitar used on Craigslist. Hopefully it would have pickups that sound good...if so...get the guitar proffesionally set up, and yer done.
nullnaught  
11 Apr 2011 10:55 | Quote
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it looks like a bunch of plys. So im guessing its made of plywood. What does that say about the sound?
luthier  
11 Apr 2011 14:15 | Quote
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If it's ply I wouldn't put any more money into it. Ply doesnt sustain well and will eventually start to crack. I'd either do like TS said and look on craiglist or pawn shop.
nullnaught  
11 Apr 2011 15:41 | Quote
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Which part of the guitar will start to crack first? That way i can check to see if it started yet. I bought it used in 1991.
luthier  
11 Apr 2011 15:48 | Quote
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Probly around the neck heel.


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