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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bones, Apr 2, 2019.
Wow.. That guy is a master craftsman!
That is super high skilled work indeed.
But I wonder at what point you just replace the neck with a new one. Of course, you’d have to send it back to Gibson to have that done. But I’d prefer a brand new neck after a break like that, on a guitar that is “rare - valuable - desirable.”
If I ever break my leg, I want this guy!
Surgical precision and patience.
Very nicely done it seemed a shame to cover up his handiwork.
I am not sure I have that kind of patience, but man. Wow.
I wonder what the cost was to fix that guitar. There must have been a number of hours in that fix.
Old-school craftsmanship - just a treat to watch work like this
that looks like the old '59 that I broke, way back in '73.
This video is going to make me look a lot closer at my next Gibson acquisition. Truly amazing.
Nice. That's why I like that glue, it wicks into a crack nice and deep. At the beginning it's easy to see why Gibson headstocks break so bad, little wood there near the nut. They need to rethink their design. Another thing they could do with the Gibson restart!
that was a fascinating video. Thanks for posting it!
Gibson should put the truss rod adjustment at the heel and leave some wood in the headstock...
My buddy has a ‘66 Cherry red ES335 with the best humbuckers and worst neck of any guitar I’ve ever played.
On this particular guitar it’s a nice big round full log - past the 4th fret . Super shallow and narrow from the nut to the 4th.
My other buddy, a luthier, said that if he was forced at gunpoint to do a graft job on it he could do it very well and you could never tell - from the front. He’s ex-Elderly shop head and I believe him.
However, a re-neck would be more in order. As it is the guitar should be sold because it’s frustrating to even look at.
Super nice repair that the OP posted.
Couple of thoughts from someone who does everything the hard way:
* I'd have sold it broken, even though I could've done the same repair (the quality of the job is really great, though)
* good bit of luck there to have dark finish
* I think I can get rich one day by making a sumo suit guitar stand for les paul owners. Something like this that you can stuff a guitar into the middle of:
Probably already exists. I thought for about ten minutes once that I was going to get rich having dog suspenders made in china so that people could use regular kid diapers for elderly dogs after seeing my mother fashion a set out of duct tape (she's cheap).
One trip to the internets and I found about 100 options already on the market.
What do you reckon that cost to have done?
It's a good question, but I guess you have to figure out do you intend to keep the guitar and if not, is it more important to buyers that the neck is original and repaired or unoriginal and perfect. There's probably arguments for both. If I was relatively certain that I was keeping it, I probably would go for a new neck.
I would bet $800-$1200.
I had a 1950's Gibson mandolin with a four pole P-90 that had the headstock snap. I don't know how it happened. I just opened the case at a gig and the strings were lying flat against the fretboard. I took it to a guy I knew in Cheyenne, WY who had worked at Woodsongs in Boulder, CO. He milled a slot on either side of the truss rod on the back of the neck and added a piece of hard maple to each slot. When he was done, unless you held it to the light just right, you could never tell that there had ever been a break. He was a master craftsman. He passed a few years ago. I wish I knew someone else with that skill level to take my instruments to. Hopefully, I won't need anyone to fix a headstock.
That Guitar looked like a basket case. Some mighty fine craft there.