Trouble in paradise!

@TheHorse (75152)
Walnut Creek, California
November 24, 2017 2:26pm CST
I noticed on Thanksgiving Day morning that the binding is separating ever so slightly from the "bottom side" of my new Martin D-18 acoustic guitar. This is an excellent guitar that retails for about $3,000, so I was surprised that there would be workmanship issues on any part of the guitar. I emailed Martin last night and will probably get an "authorization number" next week to get the ting fixed. Fortunately, it's just a matter of adding some glue and (gently) clamping it down for a day or two. The Guitar Center where I bought it is an authorized service center for Martin guitars, so I hope not to be without it for too long. Wish me luck! Have you had any minor disappointments lately?
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@valmnz (13269)
• New Zealand
24 Nov 17
Good that it will be quickly repaired.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
I'm relieved about that. But I'll be nervous when I take it in.
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@valmnz (13269)
• New Zealand
24 Nov 17
@TheHorse sounds a bit like going to the dentist!!!
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov 17
@valmnz That's kind of the way I feel.
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@kobesbuddy (59657)
• East Tawas, Michigan
24 Nov 17
I sent my Bach trumpet in for a professional cleaning, a recommendation of our first chair trumpet player. Mona was sending hers in also, so just included mine, also. A week later, she called to let me know I could pick my trumpet up. When I got home, I was terribly disappointed. The entire trumpet had been cleaned with a wire brush, leaving spiral scratches everywhere! Mona never said a word about it and I chose rather to call it. a very bad experience.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
Whoa, that would make me very mad. Is there a finer grit SOMETHING you can use to remove the swirly scratches?
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@kobesbuddy (59657)
• East Tawas, Michigan
24 Nov 17
@TheHorse I'm not sure what could be done, but it really upset me!
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
@kobesbuddy There ARE some threads out there about removing scratches from brass, But things got complicated as I read on. I would ask any experts you might have handy. Did you PAY for this atrocity? Can you tell how deep the scratches are? I use Meguiar's #7 Show Car Glaze for removing relatively fine scratches on wooden instruments, like guitars and mandolins.
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@WorDazza (10089)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov 17
Maybe the guitar ate too much on thanksgiving and is busting at the seams. Good luck with getting it repaired.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
I'd better check my own binding.
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@WorDazza (10089)
• Manchester, England
25 Nov 17
@TheHorse Let me know if you need some glue and clamps!
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Nov 17
@WorDazza I will. Why am I still eating?
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@Corbin5 (123111)
• United States
24 Nov 17
Wishing you the best of luck!!! I have a mystery bump in a large area rug that suddenly appeared.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
Oh oh. What do you suspect to be the cause?
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@Corbin5 (123111)
• United States
24 Nov 17
@TheHorse It is a mystery. After 5 years, the bump appeared. Folks here have given me some possible remedies. Haven't tried one yet, but some sound pretty darn good.
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@WorDazza (10089)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov 17
Have any pets or family members gone missing recently?
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• Rochester, New York
24 Nov 17
Hopefully your wait isn't too long and they are able to fix it without any additional problem arising.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
I don't anticipate any further problems. The instrument is structurally sound and sounds great!
@amadeo (78694)
• United States
24 Nov 17
so sorry and now to get it fixed.No I have not.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
Hopefully it will be done next week.
@LadyDuck (188846)
• Switzerland
25 Nov 17
I wish you luck and I understand your disappointment, things are not more made as they were did in the past.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Nov 17
Martin guitars are usually still really good, and this one sounds great and is beautiful to look at. The back has quilted mahogany, which is rare. Maybe it just got in some intense heat when it was shipped or something.
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@LadyDuck (188846)
• Switzerland
25 Nov 17
@TheHorse This is very possible, even if I have the feeling that the modern glues are not as good as they pretend.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov 17
@LadyDuck I'm not sure. I do think that regular wood glue is water-soluble. I'm not sure about hyde glue. which is seen as more "elite."
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@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Nov 17
Hope you get this taken care of in a timely manner. A product is only as good as the manufacturer.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
Martin is among the best. I have faith everything will be taken care of promptly.
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@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Nov 17
@TheHorse ......Hope so.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov 17
@celticeagle I'll provide a full report.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
25 Nov 17
I have an electric bass that the fret-board is separating from the neck, I'd need to send it to a shop some day but since it is a 'project' I haven't been in any hurry. I won't be ready to assemble it for another year at least.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov 17
Why not glue it and clamp and see what happens? Basses aren't as "sensitive" as many other instruments. I was playing a $150 Fender today and it sounded just fine.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
26 Nov 17
@TheHorse Superglue? Naw, I'd just rather have it done at a shop. It won't cost much, I'm more into replacing the electronic and possibly sanding/refinishing the body.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov 17
@JolietJake Sounds like a good project. I've actually done some slightly daring work on my expensive guitars and my 1914 Gibson mandolin, but in this case, I'll let the shop handle it.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
26 Nov 17
This would be disappointing. Lucky for me, most things have been really Good lately.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Nov 17
It will be fixed. All will be well. I can still play the instrument. I played it today before class.
@andriaperry (63905)
• Anniston, Alabama
25 Nov 17
No disappointments like that. ..... after a moment of thought I do not see many life events as disappointing.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov 17
As do I.
@teamfreak16 (42534)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Nov 17
No, not lately. Hope they can make it like new.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Nov 17
I'm confident they will.
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov 17
So it's just a cosmetic issue? As you say, you wouldn't expect something like that in such an expensive guitar.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov 17
Agree. And yes, it's just a cosmetic issue.
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@JudyEv (141926)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov 17
That's a shame. Is the fix part of a guarantee or will you have to pay for it?
@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Nov 17
Oh, it's a part of the Warranty. Binding is not supposed to separate from the side. It sometimes happens after 25 years, but even then the guitar would be covered.
@Hannihar (46425)
3 May
@TheHorse So since this is an old post how did it go in fixing the guitar? I have lots of disappointments in my life.
@porwest (10043)
• United States
29 Apr
Ugh. That bites for sure. I had a really nice Martin a while back that disappointed me a bit, although it was a cheaper $500 one. It was mostly my fault. I got lazy and tuned it to an open C tuning from standard and it caused the bridge to pull away. Never did fix it and wound up eventually selling it at a rummage for cheap. These days I keep several guitars and most are tuned to certain tunings I prefer such as down a half step and open C and E.