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rajbcpa
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03/03/2021 4:09 pm  

....so after the retail seller, a ny manufacturer refused to take it back, i'm considering splitting [ripping] both sides using a table saw...  so a 6" wide kit will become a 3.5" wide kit...   ,,,what makes this a puzzle is the sides are already bent...

any suggestions on this, or should i just buy two replacement sides...?

 

is a table saw rip the right approach?

 


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03/03/2021 6:14 pm  

@rajbcpa

Have you got a photo to post. Mark did a demo on this during last weeks live stream about how to cope with a split side. It's not always a disaster.

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03/03/2021 6:33 pm  
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03/03/2021 6:34 pm  
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03/03/2021 6:51 pm  
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Ouch - that's not nice!

Even if that was repaired/repairable, I'd always be worried about it being a weak point and prone to splitting again.

So your plan is to reduce the depth of the body and have a slightly thinner bodied guitar?

Are the edges of the side still parallel - ie can you use the undamaged side as a guide when cutting?  

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03/03/2021 7:52 pm  

It may be salvageable if you have the split part at the front and top of the guitar  Once the back has been glued on you trim quite a bit off the front section so all may not be lost. As you can see here.

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The problem may be clamping the sides to the back on the first place. Hoepefully @markbailey sees the post and can comment further.

 

 

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03/03/2021 7:54 pm  

Sorry that’s should be front and back of the guitar. Sorry for the confusion.

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03/03/2021 8:02 pm  

Good thinking there @deej, that sounds like you’re on the right track to me...

and just out of curiosity @rajbcpa why did you order bent sides when you have a side bending jig?

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03/03/2021 8:12 pm  

I don’t know a thing about acoustic guitars but that definitely isn’t good, I feel your pain man. You will find help here though, no problem. Keep the faith. ✊

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03/03/2021 8:56 pm  

why did i order a martin kit with pre-bent guitar sides?  ...well, it took 2 months to get the bending machine?   i love this question! 

 

...the only reason you are asking this is that it would be easier for me to cut off the split pieces; right?

i had to wait 2 months to get the bending machine....   although i am starting the hobby recently, with only 16 guitars under my belt [most solid body electric] i have assembled several acoustic guitars, acoustic bass guitars, and ukez...

i would buy more pre-built body kits since they have nice wood [generally] and have gone together well...  and at equal or less cost than buying the components including non-bent guitar sides in pieces or complete...   

 


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03/03/2021 8:58 pm  

...the broken sides appear to be the top since the "good" bottom pieces are flat...

 

 

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03/03/2021 9:13 pm  

The flat pieces would get glues to the top of the guitar and the back is shaped so it should work?

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03/03/2021 9:14 pm  

the split[s] are at the fat [bottom] part of the sides...

 

...so i can buy new guitar sides...  ..done that before...

a non-guitar retailer supplying walnut wood pieces 6"x48"x1/8" would provide another alternative for the repair [side replacement]... SHOULD I AVOID THESE SELLERS?    

 


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03/03/2021 9:31 pm  

...have this tool below???

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