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What makes Les Paul headstocks susceptible to breaking off/cracking at the neck?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by RoscoeElegante, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    42
    Feb 7, 2009
    Reading, Massachusetts
    What bugs me is that Gibson, historically, has no problem "breaking with tradition" with the Flying V, the Explorer, the Firebird (design and construction both), the PLEK nut, those silly robot tuners... and yet, when a "break with tradition" is absolutely desirable in the case of changing their stance on volutes or scarfs, they refuse.

    Insanity.
     
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  2. NiceTele

    NiceTele Tele-Holic

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    Dec 20, 2012
    Australia
    I guess manufacturers don't make fine instruments with breaking them in mind. The buyer/ user needs to take care of the guitar and ensure it doesn't fall over and hit the headstock.
     
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  3. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    54
    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    I came from Camp Gibson to Camp Fender just a few years ago. I've owned plenty of Gibsons, used and abused them, and have never broken or cracked a neck.
     

  4. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    Jul 13, 2014
    Manchester, UK
    Except they did introduce at least three changes in response to an increase in headstock breaks in the mid 60s, and people moaned about how ugly the volutes were and how the laminated necks didn't sound as good, and eventually they gave up and went back to making them the old way. It's a no win situation for them.
     

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