My Baby’s Home

Santa Cruz shipped my guitar back to me on Friday, and I’ve been blissfully playing around with it ever since.

For those of you unaware of this pitiful saga, you can read the whole sad tale here.

Here are some pics I found online of the Santa Cruz repair shop. Below, you’ll find some before/after pics. The truth I can finally stand to tell you now is that the main damage was three very large cracks down the back, a crack that ran completely around the seam between back and side for the bottom half of the guitar, and two more small cracks in the front. Later, I would find that almost every interior brace was cracked or popped out by the force of the Highlander’s weight.

Stephen Strahm, their repair guru, told me a story about those braces. From what I can gather, Santa Cruz braces their guitars in a sort of “tongue and groove” fashion (my words, not theirs) so that the braces tuck underneath the side somehow (I am sure I am not describing this well…).

Instead of breaking, some of them had apparently popped out. Stephen said that he had never seen this before, and found it so interesting that he showed it to Richard Hoover. And Richard said he had never seen it either. As Stephen was relating this on the phone, he sounded amazed and astounded…like a geneticist discovering some new piece of mutated DNA for the first time. Like I’d somehow advanced the cause of Santa Cruz Guitar science.

(Glad to help?)

Anyway, the main gist I got from that conversation was this: it’s something of a miracle the force didn’t crush the whole thing.

So, here are the “before/after” pictures. Looking at them here, they don’t really do justice to either state. The cracks were more horrible than this looks, and the repairs far more beautiful and seamless than these pics can relate.

The biggest of the three cracks in back was this one. The main work they did was to put an entirely new back on, and the wood matches perfectly. Amazing…

Then there’s the crack between the back and side. Like I said, it ran around the entire bottom half of the guitar, and up to the soundhole on either side, and was really the thing that make it unplayable, I am sure. Luckily, it mostly ran along the seam, but that’s still a HUGE crack to fix. As you can see, again, the work is amazing:

Here’s the same crack from at the very bottom of the guitar. As you can see, it didn’t just split right along the wood. But they fixed that too:

Isn’t that something?

When I wrote that other, self-pitying blog, Butch Morgan left the comment that it would probably sound better when I got it back.

And, I have to say, I think it does. Amazing.

Other pics of me unpacking it Friday. Note the aire of incredulity in what they wrote on the repair tag….

Finally, to give her a nice test, I sat down and recorded this old song of mine yesterday. Just a way for me to hopefully share my joy.

I hope to have some gigs so you can hear her live soon….EF

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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