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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Flooded Jem (early model)

I've never been on here before, but I have a good reason to reach out to Jem owners right now for some advice. My parents house is in the Houston area that got flooded from Harvey and one of my dad's precious guitars fell victim to the high waters. It had been stored in its case on a shelf about 7' up where we thought that there was no way water could get to, but it did. I'm currently drying it out in my home, but it looks pretty bad. Starting at the top, the face of the headstock is starting to come off and the areas around the tuners look bad. The scarf joint of the neck has a tiny bit sticking out as the maple is starting to swell. The fretboard hasn't though, so it looks like the neck is wider than the fretboard right now. The neck itself still appears to be straight and I was able to clean the frets off themselves. The fretboard looks to be taking on some early signs of mold (white spots). The biggest problem I can see right now is that the body is splitting from around the top side of the neck pocket going down the back. I'm reaching out to local luthiers to see if its salvageable, but haven't haven't much of a response because, well, half of Houston was underwater the other day. Anybody have any advice for repairing or how to treat it for now until I get a pro to look at it. I took the strings and trem off and just have the guitar airing out in my house right now (air conditioned). I can't post pics as this is my first time here, but if you delete the spaces in the text below, it will take you to my FB post.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 12:34 PM
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Re: Flooded Jem (early model)

I'd give it the bleach mixed bath first, 1 cup to gallon or stronger, just to stop any growing bacteria. but I'm not sure if there's a way to safely dry it. unstring it to remove the tension I'd guess.

Google search reveals some decent info

are guitars ruined in the flood | TigerDroppings.com

few posts down.

But I'd go thru as much as possible, especially the luthiers that dealt with the Nashville floods.

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Re: Flooded Jem (early model)

After reading some of that looks like the first step is to bath it in fresh water to flush the dirt and contaminants left by the flood water, then dry as slowly as possible.

Looked like a nice VDY, I feel for ya.
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Re: Flooded Jem (early model)

Thanks for the information. I'm going to talk to a couple of guys in Houston tomorrow and see what they say. So far two people have replied and said that they can make it good as new again.
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