Blueridge OM Bellying Top repair approach

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Mike Sayre
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Blueridge OM Bellying Top repair approach

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Hi all. I'm trying not to misdiagnose some trouble with this guitar, so I need some ideas and help thinking this through. My major concern is that I think that the pin holes were drilled incorrectly, with what would have been the drill tipped towards the heel. IF this is the case, I imagine this would (have) contributed to the top distortion, which is about 1 mm, or maybe a bit more, in the center of the top. Filling the pin holes and redrilling them perpendicular to the top I think is the fix. Tell me what I am missing before I start with the making sawdust.
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Barry Daniels
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Re: Blueridge OM Bellying Top repair approach

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That is not correct. Angle of the pin holes has zero effect on belly. And a belly of 1 or 2 mm is absolutely fine and normal; in fact even desirable. The real question should be’ “How high is the action.”
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Mike Sayre
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Re: Blueridge OM Bellying Top repair approach

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OK thanks. I'm used to bellying on older instruments. I'll quit worrying about it. The action is within normal limits, and perfectly fine for my style of playing.
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