The treble side top crack running from the high e to the tail was repaired. Now it's time for the bass side crack running from the A string bridge pin hole to the tail. This crack was repaired before by another repair person, then repaired by myself using the standard cleating method (small rectangular cleats). Since this guitar is exposed to less-than-ideal conditions, I'm removing the old cleats and re-repairing this crack with TJ Thompson's full cleat method.
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A late 90's 000 from my alma mater, Santa Cruz Guitar Company. I've always loved their 000's and wish I would have built one when I was working there. This one has been in the shop before needing a neck reset and top crack repair. Now it's in for a new nut and some more structural TLC. I already addressed a few loose back braces. Here I'm repairing one of two top cracks running from the bridge to the tail using TJ Thompson's cleating method. Stay tuned for the other top crack repair.
Top crack repair :: 2003 Taylor 214
Cleating a top crack with TJ Thompson's Crack Corrector jig. Works great, really dig it. I'll repeat this setup for a bookmatched crack on the treble side.
Center seam top crack :: 1996 Martin HD-28
I'm using magnets along with low-tack drafting tape to lay out the top bracing. Once I find the braces, I can fit the cleats that I need to install in order to reinforce this open top seam. Below I'm using TJ Thompson's top crack corrector jig (available through Stewart MacDonald) to install a radiused cleat that runs the length of the crack.