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    Default Found a crack on top of my Big Muddy

    I just found a crack down the center of my Big Muddy m-4. I don't see a post image option here otherwise I'd show an exact pic. Does anyone know how to post a pic?

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    Default Re: Found a crack on top of my Big Muddy

    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Found a crack on top of my Big Muddy

    Quote Originally Posted by GuyIncognito View Post
    I just found a crack down the center of my Big Muddy m-4. I don't see a post image option here otherwise I'd show an exact pic. Does anyone know how to post a pic?
    Dd you buy it new? If so, contact Mike D at Big Muddy and see what he says.
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    I've known Mike Dulak for about 30 years. He'll say "Dude, you have dried out your mandolin. Go have it fixed. And get a humidifier."
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    Default Re: Found a crack on top of my Big Muddy

    I have a Parsons flat top, which is not dissimilar to a Big Muddy, that I bought used. It came with a crack in the top that ran right down the middle from the end of the fretboard to the soundhole. It was not actually a crack in the wood itself, but the two pieces that formed the top pulling apart. But it still sounded and played really well, so I decided to keep it. My luthier mitigated it with a thin piece of wood vernier glued under the crack with superglue. It has held up for about 15 years with no problems.

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    A flat top mandolin is one of the easier things to fix. If the crack is fresh, you can often over humidify it to close the crack back up, inject glue (preferable hot hide glue) and clamp. The trick is, having claps that will reach inside.
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