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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: Can this case be fixed? Reply with quote

Could a luggage repair store fix this?











I have to keep it in the crate it came in for now.It is the only way I can store it vertically,lol.



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Can this case be fixed? Reply with quote

westtexasred wrote:
Could a luggage repair store fix this?



IŽd put glue into the gap and clamp it. looks like good wood..
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Can this case be fixed? Reply with quote

jamba72 wrote:
IŽd put glue into the gap and clamp it. looks like good wood..


Thanks for your post.The problem is that it is not just one crack.The wood is splintered and broken under the tolex .

I did find a place online that restores vintage cases

http://gmvintagerestorations.com/services.html

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you want to protect the guitar or just to have it fixed? I have some beat cases, but the guitars never travel. I guess I would take a look at how it was built and see if it could be a DIY. But if you want it to be pristine you might check a luggage repair shop. I didn't even know they existed anymore.

Then again I have a cuckoo clock I want to get fixed. I think shops still do that.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DGNR8 wrote:
Do you want to protect the guitar or just to have it fixed? I have some beat cases, but the guitars never travel. I guess I would take a look at how it was built and see if it could be a DIY. But if you want it to be pristine you might check a luggage repair shop. I didn't even know they existed anymore.

Then again I have a cuckoo clock I want to get fixed. I think shops still do that.


I looked at it again and there is actually a big piece of wood missing(in the photo where you see the mess backing) so I can glue it.The whole piece would have to be replaced.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO you'd have an easier time just buying a replacement case if you can find one that fits. It's not like that guitar is all about staying original right now
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did it ship in that lumber? That's pretty solid.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got it fixed at a luggage repair store

Before





and after






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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ugly but functional repair for an ugly guitar but functional guitar.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh cool, they pooped into a piece of leather and then glued it on. marvelous.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hotrodperlmutter wrote:
oh cool, they pooped into a piece of leather and then glued it on. marvelous.


No,it's a solid repair that they reinforced with "fiberweed". The guys who work at
"Sweet&Mellow Custom Auto Upolstery" said it's very strong stuff. Smells good too!







Seriously,when I took the case to the shop the said they couldn't restore it to it's original condition nor could they replace and recover the shattered wood.They said what they could do was reinforce it from the outside and cover over the repair with leather. They also said they couldn't repair or replace the spring latch but they could install 2 new catches that would secure the case. That is what they did and the case is fully functional now.

If you want your damaged case restored to original condition you have to take it to someone like Gord Miller. I though about doing that but the shipping alone would cost more than the repair.

Gord Miller Vintage Restorations

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