Not All It’s Cracked up to Be (or, My Brand New Gibson Acoustic Guitar Has a Crack in It)

Gibson G-00

A couple weeks ago I took delivery of a lovely new acoustic guitar, a Gibson G-00. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in an acoustic, and I’ve been enjoying the hell out of it.

Or I was, until I spied a crack in one of the internal braces used to attach the back of the guitar.

Gibson has been good about it. I bought the guitar “as-is,” but they didn’t quibble over returning it for repair, so that’s what I’m doing.

It stinks to finally, when I’m old and grey, get an acoustic guitar I actually enjoy playing, then have to send it back to the shop/factory a couple weeks later. Packing and shipping it is a drag, and it scares me, handing it back over to UPS.

Especially since they probably caused the crack in the first place.

But what else can I do? I considered keeping it the way it is. The crack doesn’t affect the sound. It probably wouldn’t get any longer, based on where it is.

But it could potentially split that entire section of brace in two, which wouldn’t be good.

And really, now that I know it’s cracked, if I didn’t send it back, that crack would bug me forever. So here it goes, into the void.

Please come back safely, magic guitar.

That’s a little blurry, but you can see the break.
day 76


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