Originally Posted by marshallartist
Pinto79, I owe you one! There was a crack in between the lock nut bolts. I figure you just saved me a lot of headache.
How bad is the crack?
These guitars sometimes will have a stress fracture there from overtightening, but as long as it's not deep, or just on the surface, you can use pressure to force some wood-glue into the crack and it's pretty much as good as new.
My 14 year old 550 has a small stress crack between the bolts but it seems to have no effect at all. If/when I start feeling the crack, or have tuning problems I'll fix it, but at the moment there's no problem at all.
I wouldn't dismiss the guitar just yet, maybe point it out to the salesman and get a lower price, but I'd tune up the guitar and beat the hell out of the trem, if it stays in tune I'd take the chance on it.
A friend had an old Gibson SG and the headstock broke completely off, we glued it, clamped it, let it sit and when we strung it up it was as if it was never damaged at all.
Most things can be fixed, small cracks ar usually no big deal though. Just so long as the wood isn't shifting or actually coming apart.