Epiphone Cortez Repair Blog #1: Inspection

Usually the last place I check is the inside. You’ll need some inspection mirrors and lights to have a good hunt around. Check all braces with your fingers. Give them a wobble. Check each brace by seeing if you can slip a thin feeler gauge under it.

One very obvious problem that could be seen just by looking in the soundhole is this cracked back brace. We’ll need to make plans to repair it.

Using a (slightly dusty) mirror we’re able to see the inside of the soundboard.

This photo shows the previously repaired bridge plate. You can also see, near the bottom of the photo, extensive repairs to the soundhole. It is fairly messy up there, with loads of glue hanging off everything. The double decker bridge plate is not ideal… but who knows what we might find underneath there should we start digging? No doubt we’ll return here later on.

This last photo shows the pickguard crack from the inside. The rest of the braces check out and there were no more surprises. Hurray!

So where do we go from here? First: we’ll remove that pickguard. It’s virtually hanging off anyway, so should be quite straightforward–famous last words! Then, we’ll check some guitar geometry and stick the guitar in our jerry-rigged humidifier.

Thanks for reading this first repair blog. Let me know what you think, and I’ll be back soon with another EXCITING installment! –Keith

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