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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Story goes like this... Coming back from a gig in Germany last weekend; got through the Airport just fine and we are waiting for a bus. My good friend rested his Les Paul BFG case against the bus shelter and whilst we were moving other stuff it fell over. Looked ok at the first glance but a small crack has emerged over the last couple of days round the headstock/neck joint (Gibsons prone to this according to legend right?) Looks like there might be a small degree of twisting but not sure - need to see how it develops... String tension has been reduced and we'll have to see if it's repairable or not.

Can anyone help with finding out where to get replacement necks? I fear it may come to this and not be repairable. Just hope these are still around and have not been discontinued etc. It's the Trans Black model - beautiful guitar actually. Can lend my UV in the meantime but you know what it's like when your guitar gets hurt!!

Thanks in advance for any help guys
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A replacement neck will cost you more than the guitar is worth. I had an old LP Custom with neck issues and Gibson wanted $1200 to replace the neck, and this was 5 years ago. They wont just sell you a neck either, they will have to do all the replacement work. Chances are it's fixable though.
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Take it to your nearest luthier and get them to take a look at it. Take all the strings off it too. Replacing the neck is much more trouble than its worth, but a crack should be fairly straight forward to fix.
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A replacement neck will cost you more than the guitar is worth. I had an old LP Custom with neck issues and Gibson wanted $1200 to replace the neck, and this was 5 years ago. They wont just sell you a neck either, they will have to do all the replacement work. Chances are it's fixable though.
Really surprised at the cost here; that's crazy money - guess that's part of the design though as wel as Gibson policy?? Thanks for the advice.

Found a guy only 30 miles away who does some work for Gibson so will see what he can do. Sounds like he might just try and glue it.. Gotta be some awesome resin.
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Take it to your nearest luthier and get them to take a look at it. Take all the strings off it too. Replacing the neck is much more trouble than its worth, but a crack should be fairly straight forward to fix.
Thank's Littlephil - the luthier we found confirms this and says a repair shouldn't be too difficult. Wondering why they are so hard on a Les Paul; just not a bolt on/off exercise i guess??
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Thank's Littlephil - the luthier we found confirms this and says a repair shouldn't be too difficult. Wondering why they are so hard on a Les Paul; just not a bolt on/off exercise i guess??
Yeah, removing the neck takes a long time because its glued in, and you need to remove the fretboard first. Undoing glue joints requires you to heat the joint to soften the glue and very slowly use a razor or something similar to separate the 2 pieces. Its even more difficult on a neck because you cant get to all the glue with the razor, and it takes a few hours at least.
A crack in the headstock is pretty easy though, you just need to separate the pieces a little bit and push glue into the crack to fill it, then clamp it and let it dry. Once its done it'll be stronger than before, and the glue line is near invisible.
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Yeah, removing the neck takes a long time because its glued in, and you need to remove the fretboard first. Undoing glue joints requires you to heat the joint to soften the glue and very slowly use a razor or something similar to separate the 2 pieces. Its even more difficult on a neck because you cant get to all the glue with the razor, and it takes a few hours at least.
A crack in the headstock is pretty easy though, you just need to separate the pieces a little bit and push glue into the crack to fill it, then clamp it and let it dry. Once its done it'll be stronger than before, and the glue line is near invisible.
Thanks - that makes sense. I had a good look at the crack yesterday and it really fine so hopefully the glue will do the trick.
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Use it as firewood....

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