Nathan’s SRS Maton

I’m not sure what happened to Nathan’s Maton but it looks as though someone has tripped over the cord and broke the output jack out of the guitar, causing a bit of damage on the way…

Being a solid timber guitar has its advantages in an occurrence like this. Most of the damage is confined to the guitar being badly split with only a smallish sliver of the blackwood missing.

I’ve said before that if the small chips and slivers are recovered, then often they can be patched back…

This time, one of the pieces has been pushed back and has to be relocated to where it came from by spreading the top and back, opening the crack and lifting the section circled forward.

And with the crack capable of realignment, I’m using my specially made device to line up the pieces.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve been faced with this problem and this system is self-explanatory…

I’ve rubbed glue into the cracks, wiped off the excess and fitted the clamp from inside the guitar and fitted the outside half and tightened the wing nut.

To ensure that everything is clamped appropriately, I’ve then fitted a couple of clamps top to back…

…and again wiped off the squeezed-out glue and allowed the repair to dry.

Not bad.

Now to address the missing chips. If I can avoid having to do any refinishing, I can reduce the repair bill appreciably for the customer. It’s not worth trying to splice in new pieces of blackwood so I’ll use an appropriate coloured filler instead.

While the filler is drying, a look inside the guitar confirms that the repair is going well.

The bits of wood around the output jack hole  are the remains of the reinforcing plate and I’ll fit a new one.

First, though, I’d like to reinforce where the splits have been reglued and I’ll use this piece of gauze, but on the inside…

…and when the patch is dry, I’ll put in a new reinforcing plate for the jack.

All ready for for re-assembly and the initial trauma is realigned, reglued, reinforced and…

reassembled and restrung and with only a small reminder of what looked to be fairly major…

The cost of the repair? About $150…