Damaged 1965 Hummingbird Worth Buying?

Discussion in 'Gibson Acoustic Forum' started by Dally1999, May 16, 2018.

  1. Dally1999

    Dally1999 New Member

    I recently came across a 1965 Gibson hummingbird for sale but right away noticed a crack behind the bridge going straight back towards the butt end of the guitar. Someone told me a crack like this is bad news and can't be repaired and also lifts the bridge up. Any thoughts on if its worth buying? Thanks! Pics should be attached
     

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  2. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Member

    I would check to see if someone has already tried to repair it from the inside. An improper patch internal to the body would be a quick deal killer.
    If that's not the case, show your photo to a reputable luthier and see what they say.
    My personal experience, with an early (1930's Martin 000), was that I could get a newer model cheaper than the repair would cost.
     
  3. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    I agree with lostventure's approach. It may not be worth the effort when all is said and done
     
  4. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member

    For me it would depend on how much it cost and how it played and sounded. Just think of how they manage to keep Trigger playing


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhQuJTc5yFY"]Repairing Willie Nelson's Trigger - YouTube[/ame]
     
  5. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member

    Second part

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fDij2CWLZY"]Repairing Willie Nelson's Trigger Part 2 - YouTube[/ame]
     

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