cracked rib

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by carolinetp, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. carolinetp


    Mar 18, 2014
    Hi all,
    This is my first post, so please bear with me! :)
    I've been a serious bassist in my life, but I don't play very much anymore. I have a bass that I'm getting ready to sell, and I today I discovered a crack in the rib (shown in the image-- it's difficult to see). It's been a difficult winter here in Michigan, and since I haven't been playing at all, I haven't noticed. Obviously, it's always alarming finding things like this on our instruments, and since I don't have time to take it into a luthier (unless of course it needs immediate attention), I wanted to see if any of the knowledgeable folks on here could give me some idea of how serious this looks, and what it may take to patch it up.
    Thank you!
  2. That should be a cheap fix. Three of mine cracked this winter.

    The cleaner and newer the crack is, the more successful the repair is likely to be. Even rubbing some thin hide glue into the crack and wiping the excess off the varnish should be enough to stabilize the crack and keep it from traveling.
  3. carolinetp


    Mar 18, 2014
    Phew, thank you. Yeah, it's definitely been a tough winter for string instrumentalists (and everyone living northward!).
  4. 360guy


    Apr 28, 2006
    Lansing, MI USA
    Carolinetp, I'm in the Lansing area and I've got a workshop. If you're nearby and want it accessed I'd be happy to assist you.
  5. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc

    go visit 360 before that small crack turns into the liberty bell....

  6. carolinetp


    Mar 18, 2014
    360, thank you for your generous offer! I actually have a guy that's pretty close that can look at it for me, so I'm planning to just take it to him.
    And James, I realize that sounds negligent. I really meant that I didn't have time immediately; it is certainly a priority for me! I mostly wanted to feel out how freaked out I should be.