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« on: July 31, 2020, 05:45:55 AM »

My 2005 OM-03 Vancouver sapele has a slight seperation or crack on the spruce top...center seam (I just bought it)...you have to look, but it is there. The question is....should I fix it???
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 12:53:22 PM »

My 2005 OM-03 Vancouver sapele has a slight seperation or crack on the spruce top...center seam (I just bought it)...you have to look, but it is there. The question is....should I fix it???

Pics!  Can you see the crack from inside the body? If you're lucky it might just be a finish crack cause by humidity changes, but only a trip to a guitar tech will say for sure. I'm no luthier so huge grain of salt, but I'd have to see definite separation in the top to have it cleated. A cleat adds mass to a vibrating soundboard so you get a lesser of two evils situation with repairing a crack.

I stumbled on this article googling which explains it better https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27613-acoustic-soundboard-to-cleat-or-not-to-cleat
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 04:07:01 PM »

Thanks So much for the reply. And the article is excellent! Will try to post pictures soon.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 04:25:22 PM »

Pics!  Can you see the crack from inside the body? If you're lucky it might just be a finish crack cause by humidity changes, but only a trip to a guitar tech will say for sure. I'm no luthier so huge grain of salt, but I'd have to see definite separation in the top to have it cleated. A cleat adds mass to a vibrating soundboard so you get a lesser of two evils situation with repairing a crack.

I stumbled on this article googling which explains it better https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27613-acoustic-soundboard-to-cleat-or-not-to-cleat

Thanks John - interesting article tho the OP's is guitar back - same idea. Thanks
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