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Old 06-11-2022, 09:36 PM
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Default Dehydration cracks and braces

I have a old and dry Alvarez Yiari CY 140

It has some fairly minor cracks due to dehydration. It seems that it should be fixable as it sounds great and the damage is minor.

One crack runs along the side of a brace. The brace is fine and secure, but how to cleat when it is in such a location?

Right now the guitar is being gently hydrated, so I think I have a few weeks before I try anything.

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Old 06-11-2022, 11:41 PM
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A crack that runs alongside a brace is a bad crack to have, the brace becomes a termination point for the tops stresses, so the crack will consistently keep opening up.

In an ideal workld, remove the brace, cleat the top, refit the brace at a new location, if new location cannot be achieved, notch the brace to accomodate for the cleat
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Old 06-12-2022, 06:28 AM
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Default Dehydration cracks and braces

Thanks for the response.

So what about using a small cleat glued to the corner of the top meeting the brace?

The crack is a typical one, extending in the lower bout from the bridge to the end, but the brace runs straight here, no angle, so the grain cracked right along it.

Getting to that location and removing the brace or carving it out wonít be simple.

It seems there is a mechanical advantage to fanning the braces a bit. But I donít know much about that.

The crack isnít open at all, but pushes up a tiny bit, maybe a millimeter and is easily pushed back down. If that means anything.

I want to repair it myself and not involve high cost and professionals. I donít think the guitar is that worth it, but I would like to get it playable without screwing it up too much.

I appreciate thoughts!

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Old 06-12-2022, 06:52 AM
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So what about using a small cleat glued to the corner of the top meeting the brace? !
You could, but I genuinley believe it will fail, you have to cleat the area properly to stop future seperation from stresses and move the brace or notch it over the repair
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Old 06-12-2022, 07:29 AM
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You could, but I genuinley believe it will fail, you have to cleat the area properly to stop future seperation from stresses and move the brace or notch it over the repair

I see how that could happen. Thanks for the input. I have some small carving tools, so I will see if I can manage at least a little cutout and get a cleat to both sides of the crack.

Sounds like a job that involves a lot of under the breath cursingÖ.
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Old 06-14-2022, 04:20 PM
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I thought I would add a link to pictures in case anyone had additional ideas.

https://imgur.com/a/IRy741P
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:24 PM
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Well fixed up and playing nicely for the first time in decades!

Not an example of fine work, but I did my best and didnít screw it up. Saved a nice old guitar.




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