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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-09-2006, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Seriousness of neck joint crack?

Hey guys! I know, there are about 1000 threads on the neck joint crack problem, but all the answers range from "dont worry about it" to "its doomed, it will go the way of evo".

I was wondering how serious this problem is because i currently have my local guitar shop holding a hot pink-ish rg550 with a thin, whitish neck joint crack about a centimeter long. Its a beautiful guitar and i cant wait to get it home, but is this crack serious enough that i should not buy this guitar?

They also have another 550 in desert yellow which has cracks but they are about half the size of the other 550, maybe a half a centimeter. This guitar is nice too, but i prefer the pink one a little more(they are the same price), should i go with the yellow one because of the smaller cracks?

I dont mind the cracks in the guitar, she plays great and everything, but will they grow to be a big problem?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-09-2006, 11:05 AM
 
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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

If its only a centimeter long, then its nothing.
Its only when it gets to 2 inches or so or more that you need to look closely. Dont worry about it at all. All of the secondhand/used RG's that I have owned have had the neck joint crack. I have never found it to affect the guitars performance in any way.
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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

yeah, after a rethink and a quick look at the ruler i think its about 2-3 cm or an inch. thanks for the info!
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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

It might just be the paint thats cracked. I know from experience, sometimes when you take a neck off its chips/cracks and looks more serious than it actually is. Just keep an eye on it.
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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

Get hold of the guitar with the top horn in one hand and the headstock in the other. Give it a good bit of pressure whilst looking at the crack. If you see it move then it's a problem. If it doesn't move then things will be fine. I have been known in the past to drop some epoxy resin in there with a pin , then remove the excess with a razor blade before it dries. That fix lasted 5 years before I sold it. There's a good chance it's still holding now.

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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

I wouldn't worry about the cracks at all. They are pretty normal. But even if it became a problem, it can be repaired easily.

More importantly, you need to buy both of those guitars (assuming the price is reasonable). Sell one off if you want, but those things are getting harder to find every day.
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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

Thanks for the advice everyone, ill try that eggy. Yeah, shes a real beauty, really easy to play and she sounded good unplugged, although she has stock pickups(no labels on them tho, the other one has the v1, s1, v2 pickups) so i may have to change those out real soon. Yeah, they didnt affect playablility at all, i was just worried because the crack i saw on the evo which effectively rendered the guitar useless.

Lol ryan b, id love to buy both, theyre priced at $350 which is a great deal, but i cant really afford to buy both right now, im a student and need all the money i can get!
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-09-2006, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

also, i just checked out their serial numbers which i wrote down,f934262 for the yellow, and f739209 for the pink. If i followed the guide on ibanezrules.com right, that means the yellow one is from 1989 and the pink one is from 1987!
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Putting presure on it isnt gonna do your guitar many favours. If in doubt, fill it with epoxy anyway, if it is cracked and its deeper than it seems, you never know what damage you could do by putting even more stess on it.
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also, i just checked out their serial numbers which i wrote down,f934262 for the yellow, and f739209 for the pink. If i followed the guide on ibanezrules.com right, that means the yellow one is from 1989 and the pink one is from 1987!
The "pink" one sounds like a faded Road Flare Red. It should have the matching headstock?

The yellow one should have a black headstock? If the yellow has a matching headstock you hsould buy it so you can sell it to me for a small profit
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Re: Seriousness of neck joint crack?

My old JEM555 developed a crack like that and it didn't affect the playability of it at all .

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Given the age of the 2 guitar, paint cracks like this are extrememly common, I have a 90 model that had two cracks from the corners of the pockets extending far up both horns, I stripped the paint (I only had to peel it off) and there was no wood crack whatsoever. My 270 on the other hand has a small crack and the sides are uneven and when I stripped it, it of course had a small wood crack.

Old paint is very brital and will crack very easily so if the crack isnt wide, unflush or splintered its very unlikley that the wood is cracked.
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The "pink" one sounds like a faded Road Flare Red. It should have the matching headstock?

The yellow one should have a black headstock? If the yellow has a matching headstock you hsould buy it so you can sell it to me for a small profit
Yep, thats the color, road flare red. And yes, the yellow one has the matching headstock,lol! But idk, the road flare red one sounds a little better to me.
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Given the age of the 2 guitar, paint cracks like this are extrememly common, I have a 90 model that had two cracks from the corners of the pockets extending far up both horns, I stripped the paint (I only had to peel it off) and there was no wood crack whatsoever. My 270 on the other hand has a small crack and the sides are uneven and when I stripped it, it of course had a small wood crack.

Old paint is very brital and will crack very easily so if the crack isnt wide, unflush or splintered its very unlikley that the wood is cracked.
idk, the cracks on the desert yellow are about the same length but the road flare red has a larger crack on the top horn than the bottom
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idk, the cracks on the desert yellow are about the same length but the road flare red has a larger crack on the top horn than the bottom
Sorry I meant the sides of the crack itself were not flush.
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