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1/16/2004 1:01 AM
James Walczak (4510) wrote:
yes, it is hard to really tell without seeing the guitar and the damage. It all really depends on how the pieces are broken, has this damage effected the structural integrity of the instrument (i.e. is any of the bracing damaged), etc..
A couple of points I will make here...first, get a second luthier's opinion on this (and a third and a forth)!!!!!! If your more concerned about sound then asthetics, it may be possible to repair the damage anyways. Most "pro's" are not only looking to repair the damage, but also make the guitar look good too...hence why this person may just want to replace the soundboard. It could be possible to repair the damage and while the instrument would be scar'd for life, at least it would also be playable again. This would most likely involve removing the existing soundboard, sanding the pieces so they all fit, making some kind of jig and glueing it all back together again...not easy to begin with. Not to mention, if you gonna have to pull the soundboard for a repair anyways, its easier to replace it with a new one rather then try and repair a broken one...but you are also correct in that this will definatly change the sound of the instrument as well.
Also remember, not all luthiers are reputable people...without seeing the damage myself, it is possible that this person may just be tryin to get you to fork out some serious cash. Generally, damage to the body or soundboard of an acoustic instrument is usally pretty difficult to repair, but again that really depends on how bad it is....wood is kind of a funny thing that way :-)