Headstock Repair?

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Headstock Repair?

Postby stephen mauro » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:55 pm

Does anyone have suggestions for repairing damage like this? easy or innovative or both?

thanks!
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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:43 pm

I'm sorry, but I cant' figure out what part of a headstock we are looking at.
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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby Mark Swanson » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:12 pm

Emma's got the right suggestion. But, anyone that builds a headstock that pointy has to expect that!
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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby stephen mauro » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:24 am

thanks for the responses y'all. i was leaning towards the good ol' glue/sawdust move but wanted to ask around a bit first...i might try a wood filler just because. (i have little invested in this project and don't expect a lot in return)

below is a pic of the entire headstock, it's a BC Rich, Trace. Never heard of them before i stumble across this one. I didn't think BC Rich was in the low end guitar market. shows how much i know.

so, we don't know of any super special fillers that have a wood grainy look to them?


thanks again!

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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby Jim McConkey » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:11 am

Forget the filler. It will never match. Take Emma's suggestion and splice in a chip. If you need to, chisel out the area out first so the defect is nice and square and uniform.
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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby Wayne Brown » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:09 am

You may be able to just file/sand a new point onto it and to the other side to match?
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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:28 am

Thanks for the overview picture Stephen. Now I get it.
I'm with the splice in a chip camp. Next best would be to just carve in a new point from existing wood. It is already the lower point.

Gee, cheap metal guitar sold to angst riddled kids with a super-pointy headstock - I'll bet those are never broken!! :P
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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby stephen mauro » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:08 pm

sanding is brilliant! neither chip is all that deep (and both points are chipped) so making them match shouldn't be too difficult! add a little lacquer and good as new right? i think that is the winner! i'll post more pics when the carnage begins!

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Re: Headstock Repair?

Postby Simon Magennis » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:09 pm

I'd tend towards Wayne's idea. Reshape.
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