Earlier this year, one of the B&D crew dropped off one of Kix’s main stage guitars. This thing has been around the world several times and has the road scars to show it. If you’ve ever seen Kix on stage, you know he can put his guitars through the wringer. We’ve had this guitar in the shop before for a 1,000,000 mile tune up, but that wasn’t the case this time. This time it was in need of repair to some serious side cracks, complements of careless airline baggage handlers. Sometimes, not even a hardshell case can protect your guitar from a good toss. Here’s a look at the damage:
Yup, those are some pretty serious side cracks. This was going to require a repair that was done in a few stages rather than all at once. Here are some pictures of the clamping process:
After everything was all glued up and back in place, we had to remove the finish from that area as the original was cracked and chipped pretty bad.
Now we were faced with touching up the finish in a way that would blend nicely with the remaining finish and would make the repair least visible. Here’s the final product:
All the cracks are stable and the finish looks great. You really have to look to tell that it had been mishandled. It’s now ready to go back in the hands of Kix.
Here’s Gibson Repair Luthier, Dusty Lummus, showing off his fine craftsmanship.