Two types of neck break problems which I can use for practice

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Shawn Strickland
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Two types of neck break problems which I can use for practice

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This necks have been repaired, but judging by the quality, I'm not too sure how well they are integrity-wise. It is unknown for me what glue was used, or what exact technique I have, however these are basically gifts, which I can use for whatever I like, including re-breaking the necks (if that's even possible - how do you do that?).

These are two cheap guitars that I received which I planned on practicing neck resetting, full refret, nuts, etc. with.

One is a set-neck SG who's headstock broke off. It has been repaired, not sure what type of glue, but the finish wasn't touched afterwards, and there's a slight gouge in the wood about right under the neck. This is the red guitar.

The other guitar (black) is a very cheap Epiphone bolt-on LP Special who's fretboard began to come up from another neck injury. Another repair that plays good, but looking to repair the finish or re-break it and repair it properly.

Any tips on tackling these items? I have years of setup and fret leveling experience, but I want to learn a bit more about the more serious injuries, like when a neck comes apart. Will also practice re-frets on these and nut replacement/cutting.
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Shown from split at nut through neck.
Shown from split at nut through neck.
More detail of cracking finish and gouge.
More detail of cracking finish and gouge.
Detail of headstock break extension into neck, as well as gouge.
Detail of headstock break extension into neck, as well as gouge.
Fretboard crack that extends into the neck wood.
Fretboard crack that extends into the neck wood.

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Re: Two types of neck break problems which I can use for practice

Post by Michael Lewis »

For the black one: it should be stable but could be cleaned up more neatly and finish touch up. That type of crack is being held together by the string tension.

The red one: the best repair here will be a bit of a job but should be pretty strong. This should have a 'back strap' repair, which removes material from the back of the headstock and a couple inches into the neck, and replace that material with strong veneers or a solid piece of wood bent to fit the surface where the old wood was removed.

Read up about the back strap method to get a good idea of what is involved before you tear into it. Check in the archived repair discussions in the Library.

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