I am posting this question here, A) because there is no other musical instrument forum that I trust any more than the Mandolin Cafe, and B) because I know that quite of few of the participants here are also highly skilled guitar builders and / or repair persons.
Tonight, I noticed for the first time that my Martin (a 2003 D-28 CW, aka a Clarence White model) is starting to develop a slight "belly" behind the bridge, and if you are looking straight down at the guitar (from playing position), parallel to the top, you can see that the top of the saddle is leaning slightly toward the neck. I have never noticed this before, and I'm quite sure it is not how it should be. So, a few questions:
1) What could be causing this?
2) Should it be covered under the warranty?
3) I have checked the Martin website to see if my local dealer is also a Martin service center, and he is not. Any recommendations for the best service center within 4 hours of Birmingham, Alabama? That area would include Nashville (as well as a large portion of Tennessee), Atlanta (as well as a good bit of Georgia), all of Alabama, and parts of western Mississippi and northern Florida.
4) What should I do with my guitar until such time as I can have it repaired? Loosen or remove the strings? Swap from mediums to lights? Keep playing as if nothing is wrong?
Thanks in advance for any answers you can provide. This guitar is very special to me, and I want to do the best I can to keep it in great shape for years to come.