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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jbull, Nov 19, 2016.
Hello and thanks in advance. Any good advise on how to repair this?
It's it just popping out of the channel or has it shrunk in width too?
I'd say try heating it a bit and gluing back in. Is the truss rod still in place? Because if it's just the cover that's moving really some glue and bit of bending should do
It is popping out just a little but it appears the slot has gotten wider
This is purely theoretical because I've never been in that situation, but I would likely remove the skunk stripe and take a look at things. I probably would set up a jig to reroute the slot and glue in a slightly wider skunk stripe in the worst case scenario. I bet the slot isn't straight anymore... Did the neck warp?
You could always fill the gaps with epoxy too. I doubt the walnut would shrink that much for that width.
I thought about this but it's a 56 neck and would love to keep it original if I could. Yes it is warped
Then you probably should take it to a vintage repair shop to do a restoration. Any amateur repair will certainly ruin the value of it.
Yep. Time to start fresh.
if YOU do anything . . . be careful .. get too much glue in the crack and it will wick through... gluing the truss rod, locking it firmly in place.. ...
You should email Dan Erlewine at Stewmac and ask for his opinion too.
The neck is in awful shape. A friend of mine was given the task of getting the guitar back into playing condition the body, tuners and neck are the only original parts left. The frets are terrible and someone has removed wood on the top and sanded thru the position dots in several places. Not sure if there is any real value left with the neck. I'll post a picture. It will hurt your feelings..
That is heartbreaking, but I would not automatically assume it has no vintage value. I think Marty's advice about emailing Dan Erlewine would be your best approach. This may be one of those situations where you can have a high-value, but unplayable instrument keeping it as-is, or making it a player by doing "whatever it takes" to get it playing well, and destroy the value. OR, there may be middle ground where you can compromise, but it would take an experienced pro like Erlewine to advise you, and if it's valuable enough, maybe do the work.
That guitar must have been a stellar player, or at least dearly loved to have accumulated that much wear! While I realize that some folks, experienced in restoration, can work miracles, it is my sadly stated estimate that given the fact it is warped, in addition to the other obvious damages, at least the neck is best considered as wall hanging art! Any save may likely be temporary and definitely more $$$ for the repair than the value of the results.
Just My $.02 & Likely Worth Even Less,
I love it. I would take to en expert. Might not make sense financially but id love to play that neck some day.
I would have something like that done professionally, or just keep it as-is and buy a replacement. - The latter very likely being the cheaper option, even if you go for an expensive replacement.
I could see that neck getting a thick maple veneer on top and recutting the frets. If done correctly you'd regain the thickness and the glue line for the most part could be right in the eased edge of the sides of the neck.
Email Dan. He helped me with a Jazzmaster neck that a local luthier ruined for me. He will not disappoint!
that thing is trashed. it really is.
Yup...it's in tough shape. But like several others said, email Dan and get his opinion. Explore all you're options then you can make an informed decision.