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Step 3: Inspection of damage

To determine if the break is worth fixing to your satisfaction and ability, inspect the nature of the break.  As I said before, this break was about as clean as you can get.  In the pics you can also see the line from my previous fix.

What interesting to note is that the previous fix held up just fine.  The wood failed (again), not the old glue joint.  But what that also tells me is that the wood on this neck is fairly weak and would split just as fast and clean if it gets dropped again.

The split paint and paint/wood interface might present a challenge depending on the guitar.  But it this case, it did just fine with wood glue.


Well now its fixed and if it wasn't for this page I would have never done it... Thank you so very much for the info.
<p>Hey that turned out nice! Congratulations!</p>
I am so stoked I found this how to, I recently broke the headstock on my pre Gibson Kramer pacer custom ll and got really bummed out. So I thought I would post this with pics so here they are.<br>With it being double trussrod neck is the repair the same and would it destroy the intonation.<br>Thank you<br>Stu in Ga
<p>That should be an &quot;easy&quot; one. I think the break is so far away from your truss rod(s?) area you shouldn't have any problems with that at all. Just take your time on the glue job and you should be fine. Post some pics when you get done!</p>
Would gorilla glue for wood be fine to use
<p>Yes, I think Gorilla glue is fine. I've used it on a few projects in the past - but I personally prefer the Elmer's wood glue products just because of how it behaves for me. In reality, I don't think there's really much difference between the various wood glues. All of the modern wood glues are stronger than the wood, so it's a mute point as far as strength goes. Don't use hide glue though, it's not meant for that kind of joint. Good luck!</p>
Hi,<br>I bought a new guitar yesterday, it got knocked over today and snapped off the headstock. What should/can I do?
<p>Bummer! Well, since you just bought it yesterday, I would actually suggest you call the store first and see if they will help you somehow. Otherwise, you'll need to go through the repair. What kind of guitar is it? Any photos?</p>
It's a standard Valencia guitar. It was in the soft case which was supplied.<br>
<p>I just realized I didn't answer you back after you posted the pics. It's a shame you have to fix your new, pretty guitar, but I think it will turn out fine using the steps in this Instructable.</p>
Thankyou so much for your advice. I will give it a go fixing it following your instructions. Will update as soon as possible. Cheers.
<p>This is my LTD.</p><p>Can i fix this by usint this guide?</p>
<p>Is that the Paramount series? I had a black one with a Bigsby on it a few years back. Prettiest guitar I ever owned! Wish I still had it... Anyway, yes, this guide will be exactly what you need to do. It's the exact same kind of break as in my example. I normally wouldn't suggest this - but since it's all black lacquer, you could potentially use black automotive touch-up paint to fill in the hairline cracks when your done. I use it routinely on any of my guitars that have teeny-weenie chips in the finish. You just want to fill the void, not &quot;paint&quot; it on. I'd love to see how it turns out.</p>
<p>the neck broke clean off my guitar...sigh..I got dowels ..to fit accordingly..drilled to holes in each side..used carpenters glue..which cleans up with water..left guitar upside down over night so gravity could do its work..next day could barly see the crack..I was so relieved..its a heirloom and now it plays just fine..</p>
<p>Congratulations! Can you post some pictures? </p>
Please help me <br>My guitar has a small crack<br>And it is quite hard to play the guitar now<br>Cud u please tell me how to repair it??
<p>It's hard to tell from the picture, does the crack terminate under the fretboard? I'm guessing you don't want to remove the fretboard. In that case, you can try &quot;injecting&quot; glue into the crack as far as you can. Several of the comments below talk about that. But basically squeeze the glue in and clamp the joint. I'd like to hear how successful anyone has been with that. Let me how this turns out!</p>
<p>Unfortunately I knocked over my ELP onto hard linoleum and the headstock broke almost identical to yours. I spent $14 getting everything required to fix it and it's drying now. Thanks for the guidance. :)</p>
<p>Very cool! I'm glad you were able to fix it. The example I used is still holding up fine after several years and it's the exact same as yours.</p>
<p>Hello! really awesome guide, I was just wondering, my new dean also has some damage, any way I can fix it since its pretty small</p>
<p>Was it always like that? From the pic it looks like it was fixed before and that's the crack from the previous break? Or did this just happen? Let me know...</p>
<p>it happened a week and a half ago</p>
<p>Successful?!!!!!!✓!!!!I'm playing it now and it sounds great!I have my guitar back finally!!thank you!</p>
<p>Congratulations! That was fast! I'm super excited that you were able to fix this! And thank you for posting pics - that should be an inspiration to others...</p>
<p>excuse me sir can I fixed this guitar ? please pm me thanks and please help me to fi it </p>
<p>That's a nice clean break. You should be able to just follow the steps in my instructable. I would suggest that you NOT try to do anything to hide the crack - if you do it correctly, the crack should be barely visible. Good luck with this - post some pics when you get done!</p>
<p>yes sir :)</p>
<p>someone knocked over my hardcase that had my guitar inside,I thought nothing of it til I opened the case to play.i almost hyperventilated.The headstock was cracked and gaping, so i unstringed it and inspected it.I've been hoping this is diy-able.I love this guitar,got it this summer, it plays real nice.Its a Fender and has a smooth mahogany finish.Was wondering how i'd be able to fix it?</p>
<p>do i need to remove the bottom and top tuner?since the crack reaches there from the front.Its not cracked in the back though.</p>
<p>Bummer! That;s a nice looking guitar. I would definitely remove the two tuners and get them out of the way. I guess your next choice is to either complete the break or glue it back together as is. Without seeing it in person, it's hard to tell what the best approach would be. Structurally, your fix will work just fine and should last a lifetime (or until someone knocks your case over again :0P). But I'm worried that the crack on the front side of the headstock will be not so clean looking no matter what. </p><p>If you complete the break, when you reassemble it you can then play with the re-positioning of the two pieces and maybe get the crack to match up tighter and make the crack a little less noticeable. Maybe. If you just sandwich the pieces back together, you get what you get.</p><p>Good luck and post some pics after you fix it!</p>
<p>Thanks so much for your reply!I don't care so much for looks as having my guitar back and being able to play again:)will be picking up tite-bond and a clamp shortly!I think its going to be a little more than slightly visible on the neck,but I'm not sure I want to mess with finishing.Thanks again.And I will definitely post afterwards!</p>
Hello sir , <br>Guitar is totally new thing for me and I've got one acoustic six string guitar from one of my friend but I've doubt in regards with the headstock that it has got band so will you please se that and let me know about .
<p>I am not sure what your asking about. Can you post a picture?</p>
<p>i broke my teachers guitar, the lower part of the body. please help me and suggest me something.</p>
<p>If you post some pictures, I'll take a look.</p>
<p>How can I fix this? </p>
<p>That one looks like a drag :o(</p><p>Can you post some pics of the top as well? What brand/model of guitar is that?</p>
Here's some more pictures hope it helps, the rest of the neck seems fine.
<p>The pics didn't post for some reason. Can you try that again?</p>
Help what do I do?
<p>I think you have one of those breaks that you fix in place. Bases on some previous comments, it looks like you might be able to bend the crack open enough to work the glue in without separating the neck from the fret board. But if the fret board starts to crack or separate from the the rest of the neck then it becomes a bigger job. See if you can find a syringe and large gauge needle (18 maybe?). You could potentially inject your glue into the crack using that. Just make sure to get as much coverage as deep as feasable.</p>
Help what do I do?
Help what do I do
<p>Hello mate</p><p>really interesting guide, thank you. In my case the neck is broken but not completely detached. Actually is seems a pretty wide area is still attached to the neck and It seems to me a pity to take it apart. I'm trying to upload a picture but the system doesn't seem to work. I'll try later ... <br><br>What do you think? I'd like to ask you a couple of things about the material to use.</p><p>This is an acoustic guitar, would &quot;titebond original wood glue&quot; work with this? would you recommend using a different glue? Also could you please let me know what is the name/make of those clamps you are using. Can't find anything that look like that on the web. Thank you very much for your help!!</p>
These clamps you can get at home depot. The long one sounds like a band clamp. The other can be in a bag of mixed clamps. They will be in hardware at the end of the isle there's a display. Hand tools are on wall opposite clamps
<p>here is a picture of the crack</p>
<p>Sorry to hear about the break. Every time I see one these pictures I cringe! But I think your's should be relatively straight forward to fix. What brand of guitar is this?</p><p>The long break along the grain is good. When you glue it, you'll have a lot of surface area for the glue to hold. As far as whether or not to completely take it apart - I wouldn't venture a guess unless I saw it in person. But I will say that it looks like the lacquer finish is what's holding on the last bit. The wood part is an easy glue job (and your Titebond should be fine) - but I think trying to glue a slab of lacquer back to the wood might be a challenge (if that's what it actually is). I would try a superglue type glue for that (like you use for frets/nuts... and your fingers if you're not careful). </p><p>I got the spring clamps years ago - it was a bag of clamps on the budget table somewhere (Sears Hardware? Ace?) - In the US, Harbor Freight has these sold individually (and still pretty cheap).</p><p>One nice thing about the shiny black lacquer finish - I've used black automotive touch-up paint on some old pawn shop guitars and it's pretty easy to do a finish fix on those.</p><p>Good luck on this - let us know what you end up doing!</p>
<p>sombody stepped on the neck of my guitar and it is really brocken, it was a $3,000 guitar and i don't have the money to repair it, what do i do?????</p>
<p>Sorry to hear about the guitar! Even though I would normally just fix it myself, at $3,000, I think I would partner with someone that could take care of the finish issue. But if you don't have the money, don't touch the finish! Just do the fix and you should only end up with a hairline at the end... Of course, not seeing the actual damage, it's hard to say.</p>
<p>This is great to know. The other day my younger sister was playing with my guitar. She broke it on accident. I hope that I will be able to fix it soon. There are a lot of ways to fix it. I hope that I will be able to fix it soon. </p><p>&lt;a href='http://www.hoffmanguitars.com' &gt;http://www.hoffmanguitars.com/&lt;/a&gt;</p>

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