Introdução

You will need to order the part, buy some Shoe Goo, and source a blow dryer (hair dryer).

Peças

Confirm that the hinge is actually broken or split. Indeed, one of my hinges is broken.
  • Confirm that the hinge is actually broken or split. Indeed, one of my hinges is broken.

  • Sometimes a broken hinge can be accompanied by a second broken hinge since the stress of one broken hinge begins to break the second one.

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Order a replacement hinge from your local guitar store, or directly contact Godin for replacement at  info@godinguitars.com
  • Order a replacement hinge from your local guitar store, or directly contact Godin for replacement at info@godinguitars.com

  • My supplier/brand was "Godin", the model was "TRIC Case Hinges", and the Color was "GREY".

  • Here's what the new hinge looks like next to the old hinge.

  • Here's what the new hinge looks like next to a human foot in the distance.

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  • Using a blow dryer (or heat gun) to warm up the glues holding the old hinge in place.

  • This heating process took at least 15 minutes for me with a blow dryer.

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  • As the glue starts to soften, you can pry the hinge pieces off with a tool like a Swiss Army knife. If it is still stuck on solid, keep blow drying it.

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  • The hinge piece comes off! Fantastic.

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  • Repeat for the other hinge piece: blow dry, soften the glue, pry off.

  • Hinge pieces shown side by side: new hinge on the left, old hinge on the right.

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  • Use Shoe Goo to fill the cavity where the old hinge was previously. WARNING: do not use traditional hot glue gun because it dries up too fast before you even get a chance to put the new hinge on.

  • Put the new hinge in the cavities and apply some pressure to make it sink deep into the hinge cavity.

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  • Fold the guitar case closed and clamp the clips to close it tight. Push the two sides to let excess Shoe Goo ooze out (that sounds so nice!).

  • Put a sack of rice or something heavy on the guitar case to let the glue solidify and dry overnight.

  • Wipe off any excess Shoe Goo that has oozed out with a paper towel or tissue.

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  • After the Shoe Goo has dried up, your TRIC case is like new! So great!

  • To prevent future cracking, I may apply some sort of strong tape to the inside of the hinge.

This worked flawlessly for me. I had one broken hinge. Ordered 2 new ones from Godin for about $17 total. $5 for shoe goo at Walmart. 30 min of hair dryer and prying as instructed and my case is like New. Saved me about $100 or more on a new Case.

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Conclusão

Transport your guitar with peace-of-mind.

Silas

Member since: 28-09-2013

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Silas-

Thanks for posting this.

"Where can I order the hinges from? I checked with my local Guitar Center, and they were clueless.

Also, my TRIC case handle is cracked, and on its last legs-any hints on fixing it?

Jim B.

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I contacted the Seagull company(info@seagullguitars.com)and the hinges were sent out, made the repair last night, works like a charm!- Thanks again, Silas-

Jim B.

jambre1 - Responder

hey jim

sorry i did not see you message until now! glad your diy repair worked out and that my guide helped you out too! take care!

Silas -

it works... Thanks Silas :). And I have one question that whether I can buy the canvas cover for that case or not. Thank you!!

Shine Nay Lin Oo - Responder

I don't know whether you can buy just the canvas cover these days. I found this link for you online! https://store.godinguitars.com/usa/35-ca... Looks like they sell the canvas cover with the foam case together.

Silas -

Just what I needed to find out. Thanks for posting this excellent presentation.

Adam Broome - Responder

you’re welcome! even though the fix works, i find that after a few more years, the hinge breaks again really easily. perhaps a hack of a new sort would increase the longevity, not sure.

Silas -

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