My lovely wife and youngest daughter went by the clothes recycling place on Sunday, on their way out to Costco, they dropped off a BUNCH of clothes, stuff I don't wear anymore, and a bunch of cute little girl clothes that don't fit my two big girls anymore All the clothes go to charity. While leaving the place my daughter spied an acoustic guitar, and while she was looking at it, one of the guys their asked her if she wanted it, but it was busted and needed fixing. She took one look at it, turned to my wife and said "Papa can fix that...right...?" My wife had confidence that I could fix it, so they got the guitar for free, with the bag/carrying case included.
Now I know next to nothing about guitars, but as luck would have it my buddy Stu (Yes I know another Canadian named Stu here in Japan ) was at my house, we were working on his crashed bike, and he knows guitars, and in fact plays guitars. He said that the Morris guitars are from fairly good to outstanding.
This one looks to be a "Fairly Good" guitar, F-01/NAT, selling for about $250 US street price here. It is made in China, but it is still a Morris.
here is what the guitar should look like......
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And a look at the problem
Well, I figured I could fix that fairly easily, just some way to inject some good old white glue, a couple of clamps and it should be fine.
I used two boards to protect the guitar and very lightly clamped it in my vice, then I took a drink straw, and stuck it in my glue pot, I sucked up a fair bit of glue, then I lightly heated the area just behind the end of the glue in the straw, and squeezed it with some pliers, sealing the straw. The I could stick the straw up into the crack on the guitar and squeeze the straw, making the glue inject into the crack. I put a fair bit of glue up there, and then I started to lightly clamp the guitar neck, while wiping off the excess glue that was being squeezed out......
Clamped up and wiped off, I hope it holds once restrung.
My 13 year old daughter has now taken an interest in learning the guitar, that is cool with me, I think being able to play the acoustic guitar is a good thing.
Tonight when I'm done at the L shop, I'll be heading to the Dungeon to unclamp the guitar and give it a light refinishing, then I'll restring it, and try to tune it. For the tuning I have the Mac, in the app Garage Band (free with the Mac) there is a section on learning the guitar and a tool to tune your guitar, you pick a string and the Mac listens to your guitar, and tells you to tighter or loosen the string, very cool.
I hope it works out that my daughter's confidence, as well as my wife's, in my ability to fix this bears out. I sure don't want to disappoint my little girl!
As a bonus, the guitar looks almost brand new, there is next to know wear on the guitar, even the fret board looks very new, and the thing plastic cover on the pick guard is still in place. The guitar bag has all of the warranty card and when it was made (May 2006) etc right in the bag.
Wish me luck that the glue job holds, I think it should