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Brendo
April 28th, 2007, 06:37 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/sprinkles/IMAG0047.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/sprinkles/IMAG0051.jpg

Rough estimate of how much this would cost to fix? What would be the minimum for repair of a scarf joint? What's the maximum you've seen?

Goes211
April 28th, 2007, 07:23 AM
Hey Brendo,
I think I read Gabe is on the road doing a bike trip, so you may not hear from him asap.

In any event...ouch.
Good luck with it.
:Cry:

Brendo
April 28th, 2007, 07:33 AM
not mine, asking for someone on another board. bought on ebay, shipped by UPS, broken somewhere along the line.

seagate
April 28th, 2007, 08:28 AM
Yes, ouch...

Droolbucket
April 28th, 2007, 01:34 PM
Actually, if you have to have a neck break, that one's not too bad... it's a nice clean break. An artist like Gabe can fix it so it's almost unnoticable. I've seen some pretty bad ones where the break is all splintered, with pieces missing and wood fibers hanging off like Phyllis Diller's hair. THOSE are the ones that are a challenge....
I played a fill-in job many many years ago with a singer/rhythm player. I couldn't get in tune with him, so during the first break I asked him if he minded if I run his guitar through my tuner. His headstock had been broken off and held on by 3 bolts drilled all the way through the headstock and neck. It was impossible to tune, and next to impossible to play. After hearing him sing, I knew why he'd never noticed the tuning problems :icon_eek:

Droolbucket

Brendo
April 28th, 2007, 03:13 PM
What I'm worried about is that it looks a bit dirtier than a scarf joint break 'should' look to me. The guy loosened string tension and pushed it back together and said it seems to fit ok.

Tim Armstrong
April 28th, 2007, 03:38 PM
A friend of mine had a really ugly headstock break on a Les Paul (a not-uncommon experience!), and the luthier was able to glue it back so well that it was impossible to see.

No idea what a shop is getting for this!

Cheers, Tim

seagate
April 28th, 2007, 09:58 PM
What I'm worried about is that it looks a bit dirtier than a scarf joint break 'should' look to me. The guy loosened string tension and pushed it back together and said it seems to fit ok.

Is you friend in Melb?

Joel DuBay
April 29th, 2007, 01:23 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/sprinkles/IMAG0047.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/sprinkles/IMAG0051.jpg

Rough estimate of how much this would cost to fix? What would be the minimum for repair of a scarf joint? What's the maximum you've seen?




I think that's gonna leave a mark.

dwoz
April 29th, 2007, 01:45 AM
That one doesn't really look that bad. I'm assuming that view is the worst view...i.e. the other angle doesn't look too bad.

I did a repair on a cheap fender acoustic that had almost the exact same break.


It almost looks like it was frozen when it was whacked. that may be a good thing.

Making it structurally sound should be easy, and from what I can see there, the finish seems to be largely unaffected. The big tell-tale will be the veneer on the top of the headstock though...

Here's my breakdown:

1) about an hour to remove the tuners, clean it, etc.

2) about an hour to glue and clamp it.

3) about 2 hours to fiddle with the glue line, and match the orig finish color, etc.

4) 1/2 hour reassembly.

It won't be a museum conservation at those rates, but it will not be visible more than 4 feet away.

that's what it looks like to me.


dwoz

Brendo
April 29th, 2007, 05:35 AM
Is you friend in Melb?

Nope, USA somewhere. I'll send him a link to this thread.