How severe does a crack inside a guitar have to be to effect the sound?

I just got a new guitar last week and it’s a total beauty. But I just noticed a slight chipped piece of wood inside of it. I really don’t want to go through all the trouble and exchange it for a new one because I don’t know if I can wait too long until I get the new one but if this is inevitably going to ruin my guitar, I may as well.

Chosen Answer:

I assume we are talking about an acoustic guitar. A small chip is not the same as a crack, but either could be an indication of a larger damage that cannot easily be seen. A new guitar is still under warranty from the manufacturer. If you are unsure, than take the guitar to your local music store and let them inspect it for you. They may be able to tell you if there is any concern or if it is okay. It does not matter if you did not buy it from them, they will be glad to help you.
by: gtarczar
on: 12th October 10

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3 Responses to How severe does a crack inside a guitar have to be to effect the sound?

  1. Buster Friskers says:

    It won’t affect the sound. You have to worry about the crack spreading though.

  2. Kab says:

    If it is a chip, don’t worry. If it is a crack either exchange it or have it repaired. Do not wait.

  3. gtarczar says:

    I assume we are talking about an acoustic guitar. A small chip is not the same as a crack, but either could be an indication of a larger damage that cannot easily be seen. A new guitar is still under warranty from the manufacturer. If you are unsure, than take the guitar to your local music store and let them inspect it for you. They may be able to tell you if there is any concern or if it is okay. It does not matter if you did not buy it from them, they will be glad to help you.

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