Output Jack Damage
2010 Ibanez Artcore

Background: This beautiful archtop had the misfortune of slipping off the owner’s lap during a recording session. The guitar landed square on the input jack, which punched through the body taking a good chunk of curly maple and the inner plies. Unfortunately access inside the body of an archtop is only through the f-holes, making an internal repair relatively impossible.

Repairs: A 3-ply jack plate was made from curly maple, black fiber and rosewood. The woods were bent on a hot pipe and glued in a caul with a radius matching the side profile. The jack plate was wiped with shellac to pop the curly maple grain. The 3 tints were mixed to match the factory tobacco sunburst on the jack plate. The body damage was cleaned up with the finish cracks filled and repaired.