This Gibson J50 was living comfortably in Darwin, NT Australia,
until Cyclone Tracy hit on Christmas Eve 1975.
According to it's owner, the house "blew up" and the
guitar was found a couple of days later against the the back fence,
somewhat the worse for the wear! It was covered in scratches, dints
and splits, but the owner jacked up the adjustable porcelain saddle
and battled on. Many years later he had to have it attended to if
he was to keep using it.
The job involved repairing numerous splits in the top and back,
broken and split struts, a badly bellied top and distorted bridge.
In brief, I removed the back, bridge, pickguard and bridge backing
plate and set to work fixing all the struts, splits etc. then made
a new backing plate and bridge. The old backing plate was 5.5mm
ply with fixing bolts and bushings for the adjustable bridge. Not
conducive with the best possible response! With the backing plate
off I could flatten out the bellied top with careful application
of moisture and pressing to get it back to something like original