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Opinions please. Hairline? Scratch? Scary or not?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by ScribbleSomething, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. ScribbleSomething

    ScribbleSomething Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Hey Everyone,
    Im looking at an 95 epiphone riviera online.

    It’s priced where I’m not expecting it to be perfect. And I’m supposed to meet the guy tomorrow to take a look.

    When I first expressed interest I asked if it was all original. He replied that he thought so but wasn’t the original owner so he couldn’t be sure. Then he brought up after he had the guitar a while he noticed a hairline crack on the back of the neck. Also that the frets are kind of buzzy, but a tech should be able to fix that up.

    So I asked for pictures the hairline.

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    From the photo it looks like a scratch to me. But could it be an indication of anything else? Like a broken truss rod?

    I’ve set up enough guitars that I can tell if a truss rod or bridge needs adjustment. But if the truss rod it toast there won’t be much I can do.

    What does everyone else think?
     

  2. lammie200

    lammie200 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    Super hard to tell from the pics but it doesn't look structural and may be able to be polished out.
     
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  3. harold h

    harold h Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2004
    If that is a crack you wont want it.

    A crack in that area usually means that the truss channel is too shallow and
    when the rod was tightened it popped the wood.

    So there will not be a lot of wood to glue, since the area will be thin.
     
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  4. ScribbleSomething

    ScribbleSomething Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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  5. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I think you've probably answered your own question. If it's a busted neck due to a poorly inserted / adjusted truss rod, walk (or run) away.

    If it's just a scratch, so long as the guitar's price reflects the fact and you're not intending to sell it on for more than you paid, it seems like a no-brainer.
     
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  6. ScribbleSomething

    ScribbleSomething Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Thanks every one. I had never encountered a hairline in that position so I didn’t know what to make of it.

    Since the owner describes it as a crack, though finish/hairline, I have to pass. Oh well.

    When a price is too good sometimes it’s too bad.
     
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