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Hello hobbyists, teaches. I inherited a broken electric guitar. The head where the tuning keys go was broken off. Now I would like to know if there is a way to fix. I'm open to some ideas. The neck looks great. However, the neck is glued and doesn't detach like a fender guitar. It's an Ibenez guitar. I open to any suggestions on repair.

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chaoscampbell (author)2008-01-10

you'd have to replace the neck. the only other thing I could think of is if you could find a Steinberger style tuning head and try and fit it on..... but I've never looked at them before so I don't know if its a part or if the system is built into the neck...... or if you need other parts changed out to make that system work. if that doesn't or won't work I'd say its pooched

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its a lion (author)chaoscampbell2008-01-10

Yeah. I guess it would be possible to cut it off below the break, and glue a new one on, but it would probably be weak at the joint.

Best bet would probably be to replace the neck. You should be able to heat the joint up where it is glued on, and take it off.

If you want info on gluing it back together, check this. It should be of some help:
http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/crack.htm

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lancruz (author)its a lion2008-01-11

Yes! I'm leaning towards replacing the neck all togehter. The hardest part for me though is trying to figure out how to seperate the the neck from the body of the guitar with damaging. I didn't know heat would loosen up the glue. This is a good tip.

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its a lion (author)lancruz2008-01-11

I saw a tutorial on removing the neck once that was quit good. I will look for that real quick...

I cannot find it. This may be of some help though:
http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/instrument/Archtop_guitar/Neck_relief,_building_and_repair/i-4737.html
It is instructions on a jig they sell to remove necks, but it does give you some info on removing them.

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sugg22 (author)its a lion2008-01-11

i think that a heat gun would help, along with maybe some chisels. you may potentially run into the situation that the neck and body are one piece of wood, and all they did was glue on the fretboard. if this is the case, sorry, but you are SOL.

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Patrik (author)its a lion2008-01-11

That http://www.projectguitar.com website seems like a real treasure trove, in fact. Here's two more tutorials there, which seem relevant to your problem:

How I Fixed a Broken Guitar Head

How to build an electric guitar neck (angled head stock) in 10 steps

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lancruz (author)chaoscampbell2008-01-11

Thanks for this tip too. I'll look into the feasability on this approach.

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sugg22 (author)chaoscampbell2008-01-10

i was thinking that too, but it won't work. on Steinberger style guitars, they basically reverse the bridge and the head stock.

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gmoon (author)2008-01-10

You still have the original peghead, I hope? Did it fail at a glue joint, or break along the grain?

You certainly can repair it-- here's a good link at frets.com. If there isn't enough gluing surface, you might need a biscuit or similar way of strengthening the joint.

The toughest part of the repair will be cosmetic, BTW...

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lancruz (author)gmoon2008-01-11

No I do not have the peghead. Since I play guitar and do a little wood work this is how it was given to me.

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gmoon (author)lancruz2008-01-11

There are three variations on pegheads:

1) single piece neck (could break along grain like that)
2) spliced along neck plane (would break like that)
3) spliced at angle (breaks at angle between the 1st and 2nd fret)

That you don't have the original peghead might be a good thing. Refitting the original would take TONS of work to make the top presentable again.

--Remove the veneer on the remaining section behind the nut (w router, chisel, etc.)

--Fitting a replacement will be much easier. You can use dowels to reinforce the joint, and setting the dowels will be easier from scratch. Set and install the dowels during rough fitting, when alignment isn't critical (alignment would always be critical for the original.)

--You won't even need a veneer on a replacement (fenders don't have 'em.)

Replace the neck if you must, but the existing neck looks in very good shape. You can make a steam generator from a pressure cooker or an espresso machine, and apply head by drilling small holes and using a tube and an inflation needle (for footballs, etc.)

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gmoon (author)gmoon2008-01-11

Sorry, that's apply heat...

:D

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