The overwhelming majority of cracks (and lifting bridges) are caused by inadequate humidity.
Exposing your instrument to a low humidity environment can cause the woods to contract and change shape, which can lead to cracking and a host of other problems.
We also recommend familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of a dry guitar, so you can identify potential problems before they cause any real damage.
This is an extremely important topic, so please visit our Care and Maintenance page for additional information.
While you may have a wonderful set of wood, we go to great lengths to source the highest quality materials for our instruments and prefer to build with our own wood.
This way we can ensure that the wood is properly cut, seasoned, and structurally sound.
In order to keep your instrument in proper playing condition and prevent cracking or other structural problems, it is very important that you maintain a similar level of humidity where you store your instrument.
Any high grade, commercially available polish should be fine.However, if you ever need finish work done later, there may be trouble with adhesion over any area that has been treated with a silicone product.Our guitars are built in a controlled environment with constant 49% relative humidity.It's extremely important to be aware of the humidity where you store your instrument.This is an extremely important topic, so please visit our Care and Maintenance page for more information.
For large bodied guitars (D, CJ, DS, SJ, Archtop), we use J17s - medium gauge (.013, .017, .026, .035, .045, .056). Due to the footprint of the "belly" bridge, there should be plenty of glue surface.