jalevinemd wrote:I've never seen or heard of a builder using a two piece headstock veneer. Has anyone?
mgbills wrote:I guess what I'm saying is...you may have stored this perfectly every day...and this still could happen. I think Matt Moriarity builds custom humidy controlled cases. But that is only a preventative measure, and no guarantee.
Pete B. wrote:fwiw, It looks like that center line was there in the "Before" pics.
James-T wrote:Nothing stays new forever.
Its a bummer, but at least the next imperfection will be less heart breaking. That's one nice axe! It would have been worse if you dropped it! Self inflicted wounds are the worst kind. I've had plenty myself. Be thankful its not your fault. Perhaps its your guitar's way of saying "hey Jack Straw play me more"
So how's the new Mutron???
CapitalBC wrote:Very long time lurker but just not a poster. My $.02... Because of the size on the inlay on the headstock, the veneer was in the process of "contracting" and squeezed against the dissimiliar material (inlay) and the stress on the veneer just causes it to split. This is contrary to common thought that it would be from expansion that would cause the wood to split. If you have a decal as the inlay, well there goes my ideas.
Depending on the finish it can be repaired without a trace... If its nitro lacquer you can "drop fill" it, just tiny dots of lacquer built up over the crack. After it dries good take a razor blade and put a little strip (or 2 or 3)of masking tape on each end to cover the corners & this also acts as your "depth guage" holding the black perpendicular to the domed tops of the lacq drops scrape the tops of the domes off, making them flat, as you work down, remove a piece of tape from each end so that the blade will shave off more material. Eventually you can run the flat blade over, or if you arent comfortable, stop with one thickness of masking tape left. Then for a little repair like that, Id just use the MicroMesh sanding pads & as you progress through their grits you will build up the shine again. Polishing compound may not even be necessary. Its something you could fix yourself in a short time, minus the lacquer hardening.
jalevinemd wrote:Did you ever find a cause for this?
That isn't a crack. It is a finish sink in a lamination line. The ebony on the headstock is two pieces. It can probably be flat sanded and buffed out. Sink in finishes is, for better or worse, part of instrument building.
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