Thread: Bridge Doctor
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Old 01-10-2020, 08:25 PM
peter.coombe peter.coombe is offline
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Most any problem that a bridge doctor would help can be repaired without replacing the top. There are methods to strengthen the top and/or bracing that can be accomplished through the soundhole. I have repaired several that had been deemed unrepairable by others. This does not mean an oversize bridgeplate, which can adversely affect the sound.
So John, what would you do with an inexpensive Japanese guitar with ~ 6cm break across the grain in the top. The guitar is unplayable, but has great sentimental value to the owner. The break is angled off from the bass end of the bridge. Looking inside with a mirror, the X brace has been broken under the treble end of the bridge and repaired before, but there is oodles of glue that looks like Titebond all over the brace and on the top around the brace and on the bridge plate and under the break visible on the top. So much glue that it would be impossible to glue anything near it without a major glue removal effort. Difficult and very time consuming ($s) to do through the sound hole.
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