Introduction

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

Parts

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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Hinge pieces shown side by side: new hinge on the left, old hinge on the right.
  • 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. Put the new hinge in the cavities and apply some pressure to make it sink deep into the hinge cavity.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

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Conclusion

Transport your guitar with peace-of-mind.

Silas

Member since: 09/28/2013

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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.

jambre1 - Reply

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 - Reply

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 - Reply

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 -

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