Gibson headstock wreck

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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Greg Steil » Wed May 04, 2016 8:21 am

thanks, I intend to tint the clear coats to do the back of the head. Also, the tuning machines cover a lot of the ugly on the back. Plus the rest of the guitar has it's share of dents dings etc.
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Eric Baack » Wed May 04, 2016 9:16 am

I'd probably still do a back strap just for structural reasons. The front plate doesn't add nearly as much to the structural integrity as the back plate does when you look at the torque induced by the strings to the headstock. I could draw up a free body diagram :p (engineering geek here)
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Todd Stock » Wed May 04, 2016 12:02 pm

27 years as an aerospace engineering/structures guy...not necessary, but it can't hurt. Already overkill for the small loads applied. I've done a couple of these that were in 7-8 pieces, and as long as there is adequate long grain area, not an issue. As long as the break does not run through the neck/peg head join/transition, not much of an issue with this type of break.
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Greg Steil » Wed May 04, 2016 5:21 pm

ready for clear coats. The back will get a lightly tinted spray.
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Greg Steil » Wed May 11, 2016 10:38 am

so far, so good.
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Karl Wicklund » Wed May 11, 2016 2:59 pm

Something about this kind of repair is intensely satisfying to see. In the interests of not getting all philosophical, I'll just thank you for posting and congratulate you on a good job.
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Greg Steil » Fri May 13, 2016 7:19 am

Hey, thanks so much for the kind words, I should have it all back together soon. But since it has been "down so long", I've been playing my 48 SJ, so this will probably go back in the case after a test spin! Thanks again.
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Greg Steil » Fri May 13, 2016 3:00 pm

well, here tis
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Re: Gibson headstock wreck

Postby Chris Vallillo » Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:04 pm

Greg,

Just let the grass go!!

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