#1
Hey everyone, I have been noticing the bridge on my Cordoba C7 has been lifting a tad from the body and today it looked even a little more raised which got me worried. I live in Connecticut, US, so I figured that would be the cause of the problem (cold weather). Also, I had an Fishman Infinity Matrix pickup installed on the guitar about a 14 months ago, could this have been a problem for the bridge? Attached is a pic, is the bridge really coming unglued? I never had this problem before. Thanks in advance!
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#2
any chance of a bigger pic?

is there any finish cracking around the bridge? i have several possibilities in mind - if you left the guitar in an unheated house in snow temperatures, or if it got very dry - which happens in snowy weather and when using heaters - the top could have shrunk a little, but the bridge plate might not have. that could have caused some lifting. or the two glued sides of the top could have shrunk or swollen a little (cedar isn't as sensitive to humidity changes as spruce) and pulled apart just a little - enough for the glue at the bridge to weaken, crack or creep...
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#3
Have you tried lighting it with a bright led or something (from both sides) and looking to see if you can actually see under the bridge?
#4
or seeing if you can push a piece of paper under it. that's usually the way i can tell even if it's still very close.
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#5
Patticake, there are no cracks on or around the bridge. The guitar hasn't been left alone in an unheated house, but it has been transported around say in the car in the winter. But, last winter the frets started to stick out on the side of the fretboard with started to cut my palm so the wood was definitely contracting.. Here are some more pics (that dent is from an accident awhile back near the bridge
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/804/dsc0314os.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/576/dsc0315j.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/542/dsc0316mv.jpg/

Lord Kamina: I have tried to see under the bridge with an LED light and its only in the middle area of the bridge where I can see under and slide paper under. But, the left and right side seem to be fine.

What do you guys think?? Also if I get it re-glued does it cost an arm and a leg?..
#6
I'd take it to a luthier or guitar shop. Then again, I'd have no idea what glue to use, etc.
#7
the bridge lifting and the frets thing would indicate the guitar has been very dry, and that can ultimately cause worse problems like major wood cracking. wood needs a certain amount of moisture or it shifts, and when the glue doesn't shift, the wood can crack.

don't try and glue it back yourself. find a qualified luthier and get a price - they won't charge you for giving a quote. some people try and drip super glue under the bridge when this happens, but it's not a really good idea. it should be glued with wood glue and clamped professionally so it'll stick best without being stuck permanently. super glue isn't flexible, and if the other side of the bridge lifts, the super glue can't be steamed off like wood glue.

btw, if you humidify your guitar and keep it at between 40% - 60% humidity, you won't have the wood dry and these problems won't crop up.

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Patticake, there are no cracks on or around the bridge. The guitar hasn't been left alone in an unheated house, but it has been transported around say in the car in the winter. But, last winter the frets started to stick out on the side of the fretboard with started to cut my palm so the wood was definitely contracting.. Here are some more pics (that dent is from an accident awhile back near the bridge
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/804/dsc0314os.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/576/dsc0315j.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/542/dsc0316mv.jpg/

Lord Kamina: I have tried to see under the bridge with an LED light and its only in the middle area of the bridge where I can see under and slide paper under. But, the left and right side seem to be fine.

What do you guys think?? Also if I get it re-glued does it cost an arm and a leg?..
Quote by Skeet UK
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Last edited by patticake at Jan 29, 2012,
#8
Thanks guys for your fast response. I feel guilty for not humidifying the guitar. Im going to go to a repair shop asap. I was just checking out the planet waves guitar humidifier, and recommendations on one? Also, if I had a normal humidifier in the room with the guitars would that be optimal for the guitars or should I just get a special guitar humidifier?