I hope you guys are counsellors as well as guitarists because I'm pretty upset. I have a flamenco guitar (very similar in construction to a classical guitar) and it is damaged. It it not visible (much) from the outside. The damage is a splintered bracing. I noticed it because of the increasingly warped top which has been happening over months and months, over a year probably and tonight I stuck a mirror in so I could get a better look and there the answer was. The bracing next to the sound hole on the bridge side is split. Maybe this happened in transit on a flight or something, although the top is not damaged. Maybe it warped over time and the split happened gradually but I don't think so, it looks too horrible. The top would straighten up I think given the corrective support. The bracing is obviously in an awkward place to get to. Anyone know if guitar doctors can fix these sorts of things or does my expensive hand built guitar have a degenerative and incurable disease? I really hope not because It'll be a while before I can get another one and they are all unique anyway
PS I don't know anything about luthiery I just play for a hobby.