both bent sides came in the mail split
....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?
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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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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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.
The problem may be clamping the sides to the back on the first place. Hoepefully @markbailey sees the post and can comment further.
I have too many guitars...said no one in the world..ever!
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...