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camfcamf Frets: 674
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This Collings guitar is on sale locally on Gumtree and the owner is claiming this as just some minor lacquer damage - "finish has flaked away slightly. The finish is not flaking any further and as I say is purely cosmetic." Seems a bit worse than that to me. Any thoughts?
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8597
    I'd want to see a straight edge laid across the soundtable "horizontally" across the lower bout just behind the bridge, and "vertically" parallel to the strings on both the bass side and the treble side. If the soundtable isn't flat then I'd suggest the string tension is causing it to bow outwards, hence the laquer is cracking off.
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  • camfcamf Frets: 674
    Yeah, not much more on the advert. https://www.gumtree.com/p/guitar-instrument/collings-c10-a-sb-custom-boutique-acoustic-guitar-with-original-case.-fantastic-/1305503217

    Shame, as it's a nice guitar but I think there's a lot more wrong with it than the seller is suggesting. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 31123
    It looks to me like the bridge has lifted at the end and been extremely badly and unprofessionally reglued, probably with superglue, which has attacked the finish, and then most of the damaged finish has (been) peeled off.

    If I was buying it I would want to discount it by at least the amount it would cost to have a proper luthier remove the bridge, refinish the top - the whole top, if it isn't possible to touch it in cleanly which might be tricky on a sunburst - and refit it.

    ie by about £500 below what a repaired one of that model would be worth...
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 663
    The “oh it’s no biggie, just a bit of flaking” attitude of the seller would have me running a mile from that one...at best it’s spent time in the hands of someone totally clueless....
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  • artiebearartiebear Frets: 96
    edited July 11
    That is, as ICBM has said, a very badly botched bridge reset. There are appears to be a line of what looks like glue or badly melted finish along the whole edge of the bridge. It's sad to see this on Collings in the first place, but any movement in the top can cause this. It's even more sad to see such a nice guitar messed up like this for the sake of a bit of professional TLC. Personally, I would steer clear. C10''s do seem to come up from time to time on the used market, usually in great condition as most I see have been very well looked after couch guitars.
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  • camfcamf Frets: 674
    To be clear, I wasn't looking to buy it, I just thought it just looked a bit sad. Hopefully somebody manages to sort out a decent deal for this and can get it restored to something close to its former state.
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