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Broken neck curiosity: how broken is too broken?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by stale facet, Sep 5, 2020.

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  1. stale facet

    stale facet TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Got this tele neck as part of a recent purchase. The tuners will go to the next project, but after looking at this I wondered: how broken is too broken to fix? Some people do amazing repair work—is this something anyone would attempt to save? Just curious, thanks!
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  2. pdmartin

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    It’s a clean break. I’d try it.
     
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    I think just about anything CAN be fixed. It depends on your skill level or depth of pocketbook. The question is, is it worth it?
     
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    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    I would repair it but there is a very good chance that it will not be straight after the repair and would require pulling the frets and planing the board. It looks like its at the 12th fret, dealing with the truss rod might be a problem too. Finish is always tricky, if this is lacquer it would be easier.
     
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  5. john_cribbin

    john_cribbin Tele-Afflicted

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    Would the truss rod have a 30 degree bend in it my any chance?
     
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    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That looks remarkably like firewood.
     
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    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    That's not too broken, if you REEEEEEALLY want to fix it. The truss rod needs to be replaced, which is major surgery.

    Unless it's a really cool neck, why bother?
     
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    Can fix vs worth fixing
     
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    Totally fixable.
     
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    If there's not wood missing, go for it. Pull out the truss rod, straighten it and voila ! If it doesn't work ... it doesn't work. An once of wood glue will have been lost in the process.
     
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    No harm in trying. Even failure is experience gained.
     
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    Looks like it's also missing 2 frets. If you already have glue, clamps, and frets, it might be a fun project, but if you need to lay out any money, I think I'd save it towards a new neck.
     
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    +1. I'd give it a shot with trussrod back off and possibly removed but it might need planing.

    Greg Allmans Goldtop had 3 breaks apparently.
     
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    I've fixed a lot worse. That is a clean break with lots of gluing surface. I've fixed breaks that were shattered in many pieces and ones where the headstock broke off at basically a 90 degree angle. The question isn't IF it's fixable, it's whether it's worth fixing.
     
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    Looks like the infamous, "I leaned the guitar against the truck when loading out of the gig and forgot it was there until I ran it over" problem.

    It would be an easier fix to remove the skunk stripe (looks like no fretboard to remove) so you can get the truss rod out, remove all the crooked cross-bent fibers that would stop a clean clamping up, then glue/clamp. New truss rod. Replace the couple of frets with what's in there or all of them with a pack of stainless steel ones. If you replace all of the frets you could ensure a good level board. If it's a MIM/MIA Fender neck you'd have a good project. If Squier or Glarry or something then you might want to use it just for practice.

    Then find a relic body to attach to the neck and build another guitar.

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    It's maple. Glue it up and play the dang thing. :cool:
     
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    No need to remove the truss rod...it's a tensioned member and does not rotate.

    Bend the rod straight, line up all the stray wood fibers, and glue and clamp that puppy together.
     
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    Better it’s your guitar than you.
     
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    I’m in awe of guys like you
     
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    If ya don't try, ya never know if ya can ... It's like the atheist that was caught praying.... when asked why?, he said, Hey, what do I have to loose?

    Go for it...

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