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How to repair a broken guitar neck (headstock)

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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.


 
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mauro12mdp3 years ago
Hi, I have to repair a classical guitar headstock but the damage is quite messy, the cut is nothing clean. How far is it possible to fix a highjy damaged headstock ?
rghoff (author)  mauro12mdp3 years ago
I don't think it really matters if it's clean or messy - the key is that you can get a solid connection between the two pieces and they line up properly. The clean break (like my example) will give you more gluing surface. A messy break (snapped off across the grain), will not give you near the surface area. But that doesn't mean it won't work. Just make sure you get good glue coverage on both sides, clamp it the best you can and let the glue dry for at least 24 -48 hours.

Another watch out with the "messy" break - you may have more difficulty getting the ends to "nest" into each other. You might have to remove some of the troublesome splinters to get a good nesting.

Good luck - let us know how it goes!


Actually you'll be better off with a messy break than a clean one. All the random ridges throughout the break will give the glue better places to hold the neck together.
ohh It sounds logical. Thanks for the instructable nice work !!
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