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Can my guitar be inexpensively fixed? And if so, how? Answered

I recently accidentally broke the head off of my Epiphone acoustic guitar. A buddy of mine who knows guitars told me I could fix it using a strong super glue (like gorilla glue), wood putty, black spray paint (the guitar is black) and painters tape. I would like to know if my guitar can be fixed this way and be playable afterwards. I would've gotten rid of it and had a new one bought but the guitar has a lot of sentimental value to me as it has helped me though the toughest of times. I'd love to get it fixed so I can do my Johnny Cash impersonations perfectly, right down to the spec of things. So, if anyone can help me, I'd really much appreciate it.

"For those about to rock...."


use rubber bands make hole in cardboard fix them and play them

ready guitar at 0$


5 years ago

Use a good wood glue such as titebond 3. It's pretty easy to find and will work better than gorilla glue. I suggest some extra drying time since stringing the guitar will put a decent bit of stress on the joint. Be sure to clamp well, and don't be so hardcore next time!

NO! Titebond 2 is the wa to go. Titebond 3 expands too much for headstock repairs.

Carefully clean the old glue out of the joint first but be careful not to remove ANY of the wood.

If it had also significant value other than sentimental, I would suggest let expert fix it, because after failed diy fix a proper one becomes more expensive. But as you state it is mainly sentimental - why not, go ahead and do it. But I do think that you should google a bit before and ask the question on guitar forums. Here we have great people answering who find some solution to every problem (I just love that style), but in so sensitive cases as fixing musical instrument a dedicated forum or a blog article by professional can give some extra master tips that are worth the time spent to search for them.

There's no reason why it can't be fixed, but how you should fix it depends on how its broken. I don't want to make assumptions by your description; but if the headstock broke off entirely and you now have 2 pieces, it is a different fix than a mostly broken headstock at the neck, where it may still be hanging on. Also a clean break at the joint is different than a splintered rough break.

Instead of giving you directions for every conceivable scenario, could you reply with a quick picture of the damage? (If its in 2 pieces, please include a photo with both parts).