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« on: May 25, 2004, 04:22:21 PM »

For you luthier types:

I recently came across a crack in the top (lower bout) that had been repaired with a cleat.  I did some research and it seems that this cleat was oversized-- about playing card size instead of nicely beveled, small, and diamond-shaped.  How much would this impede the vibration of the sitka top?  The crack runs straight down from the bridge to the bottom of the lower bout.  Also, is it possible to redo the repair or sand the cleat down to a smaller size?  

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2004, 05:28:15 PM »

This is a job for a repairperson.The cleat is way to large and is holding the top back from vibrating.DON"T DO THIS YOURSELF.DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER.Bring it to pro.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2004, 08:54:44 PM »

Thanks for the advice, Rob.  It is possible, though, for a luthier to replace the oversized cleat with a smaller one or sand it down?
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2004, 09:47:09 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2004, 02:56:36 AM »

In some cases the cleat can be removed and you won't have to replace it.
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