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There I was, sitting on a tuffet, eating my curds and whey, when I suddenly noticed some cracks, or crack-like manifestations, on my 2016 AJL XO. Please see pictures below.
I can't tell/don't know if any of these are just on the surface or if this is something that needs to be addressed (or both?).
I am not the original purchaser, but I'm in NYC so I believe I can pretty easily get in touch with a top notch specialist luthier for repairs locally. But honestly I wasn't going to do anything. I can live with the cosmetic blemishes. But if this (awesome) guitar is in any danger, I definitely want to prevent further damage.
AJL XO is very thinly shellacked and barely covered with nitrocellulose. The grain has raised, so the entire top has a wonderful finely corrugated texture--which on this guitar could be chock full of micro-cracks, though again I don't see or feel any. Should I get a professional to look at it?
I realize no one can make a diagnosis on just these pics, but any guidance is welcome.
The first picture shows a white scrape right next to the edge of a clear pick guard. The pick guard is on the top (the pic loaded upside down, sorry).
The second picture is a dark line from the oval hole to the block of the rosette. If I put my finger on the inside of the oval hole, I can feel a slight misalignment on the underside.
The third pic is the neck joint.
The next two pics are the same hairline, lit from a different angle, because you can't really see or even feel it otherwise.
This last pic is a tuffet.