Noyce Guitars
Mount Clear
Ballarat, Victoria
Australia, 3350

Airline Disasters
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This month I'd like to show two recent repairs that shared the unfortunate coincidence of being beaten up by airline baggage handlers. Sometimes, despite the finest attention paid to ensuring your precious and delicate instrument survives the journey, a catastrophe can still occur. Fortunately most instruments can be brought back from the brink of destruction.

The Martin D-28
This Martin D-28 has flown around the world since the 1960s with British folk singer Dick Gaughan. He landed in Perth in 2006 to find the headstock almost completely snapped off. Dick had detuned the guitar for the trip and it was in a very robust Calton case. The only clue to the cause of damage was a small dent to the outside of the case above the head area. The guitar must have received a jolt sufficient for the inertia of the guitar to cause the head to snap!  It was a clean break so a glue job with Urea Formaldehyde glue and a bit of touch up refinishing did the trick so as to be almost invisible.

1. The D-28 headstock glued and clamped. 2. View of the D-28 top.

The Gibson LGO
This 1930s Gibson (LGO model I think- let me know if I've got it wrong) recently went to the U.S. and back with it's owner and did not make it home in one piece. The mahogany was tinder dry and brittle. I glued up the main split with yellow glue (Aliphatic resin) then trimmed the small bits enough to refit them and glued them and the other splits with epoxy resin glue. The finish is almost black which made it easier to blend in the refinish.

1. The damage showing splitting. 2. View of the removed chips.

3. Glueing the split. 4. Clamping the split.
5. Replacing the chips. 6. Taped ready for refinishing.
7. The final finish 8. Reunited with the happy owner.