This was a Gibson SJ Deluxe acoustic guitar with a cracked bridge block, broken face under the bridge, loose brace and broken bridge.

These repairs involved repairing the bridge plate with a thin veneer to the inside plus routing and adding spruce to the face underneath the bridge. Then I built a handmade bridge slightly over-sized to cover up all the mess on the face!

Of course, cleaning up the entire guitar involved making a new bridge saddle, and all of the adjustments to make it play properly.

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

 

3 Responses to Gibson SJ Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Repair (Bridge & Face)

  1. Louis Dupaquier says:

    Jimmy,

    I really enjoy the repair segments on your website. Please keep them coming!

  2. Ken Smithson says:

    I own an SJ Deluxe also. It’s first owner, had the top cave in, Gibson “fixed” it. When I bought it, the action was too high to play. I took it to Valdez on Sunset in L.A. and he shimmed the fingerboard up to the action! Mine has some of the same cracks that the one you repaired has. Do you know if this model was prone to problems?
    Thank You

  3. Lonnie Winslow says:

    I just now stumbled onto this site and I have the very same Gibson with the exact same problem. My son in law is repairing it as we speak.

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