A couple weeks ago this Alvarez Dreadnought cutaway came into the shop with a severely failing bridge glue joint and a top crack. The bridge not only had a bad glue joint, but was ripping apart the cedar top. The guitar was strung with medium gauge strings, so this increased tension was not helping things. That combined with the low-humidy environment the guitar lives in (wood stove heat, northeast winter season), the top is under tremendous stress.
So the plan of attack:
1. Remove the under saddle pickup.
2. Remove the bridge.
3. Glue and cleat the top crack.
4. Refit / reglue the bridge using hot hide glue.
5. Replace the pickup element.
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And here we go, photo-essay style ...