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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Universe neck joint crack

I bought a 1990 Universe and it has a neck joint crack.
I have yet to take the neck off to inspect the crack.
If it turns out to be in the wood and not the finish how should I fix it?
Should I take it to a shop or is this something I can fix myself?

Any advise is greatly needed and appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 05:48 AM
 
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Re: Universe neck joint crack

i gues it is a normal crack???then it is no problem.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Universe neck joint crack

After further reading it is sounding like a very normal crack.
The crack doesn't seem to cause any issues other than I noticed it so...no worries!

The guitar plays like a dream and I really love "her".
I am very lucky to have this Universe in my family.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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Re: Universe neck joint crack

i got an rg560 which i call my old faithfull, it to has a neck joint crack, i shouldnt worry just enjoy the old girl, she wont let you down.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Universe neck joint crack

Hey thanks, she really plays like a dream....I am so lucky!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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Re: Universe neck joint crack

If you're talking about the joint by the headstock, it's cracks are VERY easy to fix. It's a common problem with Les Pauls. I've done this on several friends' guitars.

Items:
Course sand paper
Fine Sand paper
glue (I use clear Gorilla glue)
clamps
small, thin flat head screwdriver

1- place the screwdriver into the crack to open it slightly (did I mention SLIGHTLY?). This will allow the glue to get all the way into the crack.
2- put the glue into the crack. Make sure it gets all the way down.
3- remove the screwdriver.
4- place a clamp on the joint. If your clamps do not have rubber or soft plastic ends, protect the wood by placing softer wood between the clamp and wood.
5- Let sit overnight, or even 2 nights.
6- remove the clamp.
7- scrape off any excess glue.
8- sand the area until you can't feel the crack at all.
9- If the neck is finished, go to StewMac for matching paint. Otherwise, you are done.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-14-2010, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you for your advise.
The crack is on the body where the neck bolts on (neck pocket) but it is only the paint that cracked not the wood.

Thanks again.
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