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JohnW63

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"Do you guys suggest Guitar Center for repairs? " My response was have been a more emphatic NO, than you got from other posters.

I used the sponge in the travel soap container method to humidify. Like shown in this video:

A good luthier or repair place can make that crack almost go away. It depends how old and rough the crack is. That's where the two halves of the top of the guitar are glued together. If it gets really dry, the two halves shrink and the glued seam opens up.

Once you find a GOOD place, have them check the setup on the guitar too. It has been played hard , in the past. It might need a few more things done to it. If the action is too high, it's harder to play and when you press down on the string the note sound will go slightly out of tune. It is a quality instrument. It's worth putting some money back into.
 

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Welcome - good folks around here so stick around! Yes humidify humidify humidify - I don’t have anything else to add than those more knowledgeable than me already have but wanted to say welcome - they’ve been good to me over the past year and I’ve learned a lot!
 

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Mandolin Brothers used to be on Staten Island. And by "used to be" I think they closed up about ten years ago.
Right, that is 300 Miles away!
And since we talk about Mandolin Bros.: The name of the business was sold in 2017 to a guitar collector in California and he even operates an online shop. "The buyer is the type of person who bought and sold instruments for most of his adult life. He never had a brick and mortar store, and was looking for a brand,..." For repairs he refers to other businesses on the new webpage:


A bit of history about the selling process and the reasons for it:

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I searched Mandolin Brothers Syracuse, nothing came up obviously but a place called Gorham Brothers did. I think I'll go talk with them and see what they say.
 

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Definitely follow Taylor's instructions in the viddies Tom posted and get that thing humditty'd up. You should see the crack close up rather quickly when you over-humidify it in its case with the dampits/sponges. I'd strongly recommend that you get that long crack looked at by experienced eyes and get it cleated (minimum). Hopefully there's no damage to the bridge plate. If not, it won't be a costly repair. The other crazing on the soundboard is not structural (unless I missed something).

Final comment is that you'll need to re-evaluate how you're storing the guitar while you're getting it fixed. You either need room humidification or case humidification, depending on what you're doing with the axe.
 

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Hey Sleepy Otter, sorry for the delayed response.

Call Robert MacBlane in Preble, just south of Tully. He is great. I had a similar issue w/a guitar that was severely dehydrated when I bought it. Brought it to him and he re hydrated then did the fix. Well under $200. Took a few weeks but he did the fix when it was ready.

He has worked on all my guitars.

I just pm'd you.

Gorham has a couple good guys but I think you'd be better served at MacBlane.
 
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The buzz for sure comes from the dry condition the guitar is in! Humidity and temperature change the wood.

For string height measurement see here:

Ralf
Welcome aboard SleepyOtter!! Not only the humidity issue, but I'm 99.9% sure that's not the original saddle. Guild didn't use compensated (the offset "notch" for the B string) saddles on jumbo flattops until about '05 in Tacoma, as far as I know. Putting it right may help solve the buzzing, since right now the bass strings are probably too low.

Saddles are normally a little taller on the bass side and gradually lower on the treble side. Also the curve along the top is supposed to match the curve ("radius") of the fretboard, which as you may have noticed isn't perfectly flat.
 

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Anywhere will be a better choice than Guitar Center. A repaired crack will not effect performance. It might take longer, but a luthier could handle the humidity issue. In addition to the crack, have a setup done, and I'd personally have the frets dressed as part of that. The guitar will then give you many years of use. Ask the luthier how best to maintain proper humidity.
 

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So I recently purchased a Guild guitar without knowing much about them. When I got the guitar I was amazed at how it played ( the cosmetic condition was subpar but I didn't care that much). After owning the guitar for a while I noticed it didn't play as well. Being a Novice player I just figured it was my own lack of practice. After some frustrating sessions I started to notice the guitar was beginning to show some fatigue I hadn't noticed before. I need of some direction on what to do. View attachment 15162View attachment 15163View attachment 15164
Just curious, how much did you pay? Thats a nice axe!
 
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That’s a nice guitar, and you’re getting great advice here! Humidify, crack repair, thorough inspection, new strings, fresh setup, and you should be good to go for a long time, as long as you keep up occasional maintenance! Welcome aboard!
 
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Just curious, how much did you pay? Thats a nice axe!

Got the guitar in the case with a dampit now, crack is closing up but still going to have it looked at! Thanks for all the responses.

I paid $800 for the guitar and when I got it it smelled like it was in my grandparents basement for 40 years and it was covered in dust.
 
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