Luthier assessment complete.
The bracings on the back are loose. Need to be glued and clamped. His little glue spatula went right underneath the braces and the back.
The top crack needs to have some clean and fill work as well as standard glue and clamp work. I told him I want the crack to disappear as completely as possible.
Top has a very minor dip in it in front of the bridge. When the crack is repaired this might right itself but there might be a brace that needs to be glued as well.
The guitar definitely had a trauma event which caused the crack. The kerfing all looks good but may need some attention, right where the impact happened.
Looking at an estimated $400-$500 in repairs. I scheduled it for next month. Bill was booked solid until then.
So I brought it home. 0000 Steel wool cleaned up the frets and fretboard very nicely. Also use boiled linseed oil to clean and re-hydrate the fretboard. Cleaned the body with a damp microfiber cloth. It's all clean and shiny.
Installed a brand new set of D'Adarrio Pro Arte Normal Tension strings. They are still in the process of stretching and need to be retuned often. I have gone through two 20 minute "tuning sessions" and it is sounding very very sweet. Even with the items that need to be repaired, it sounds very nice.
As soon as the strings stabilize, I will get a recording or two with it.
It's a keeper!