Contemplating buying an SG with Headstock Repair ... am I nuts?

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Would you buy a vintage SG with a repaired headstock?

  1. Hell yes!

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  2. Hell no!

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  1. devnulljp

    devnulljp Member

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    Contemplating buying an SG with Headstock Repair ... am I nuts?
    '68 SG Special, the repair looks solid, done by a pro. The price is right because of said repair. It has a veneer over the back of the headstock covering the crack.
    I'd probably punt my 2000s SG Standard and put the cash towards it.
    Always preferred P90s over HBs anyway.

    I know everyone says glue is stronger than wood anyway, and a well-done repair will generally be strong.

    Bridge is obviously non-original, but I don't like the vibrola anyway. Had two 60s SG Jrs with them, and ended up taking them off in favour of a wraparound bridge anyway.

    Am I nuts?

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    If the price is good, I say go for it.
     
  3. Bad Penguin

    Bad Penguin Well-Known Member

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    If the price fits your wallet, and the guitar feels right, it's a no brainer! My Paul Studio Faded has a headstock repair. Solid as anything! AND it was only 300 USD!!
     
  4. devnulljp

    devnulljp Member

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    If it was $300 this would have been a NGD post :)
     
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  5. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Late 60's SG Specials are my favorite.
    My first SG was '69 SG Special.
     
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    Hey Dev! A well done pro repair is ok in my books, as well. However, keep in mind that it might take some time to find a like- minded buyer in the future if you do want to sell the guitar down the road.
     
  7. Norton

    Norton Well-Known Member

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    A strong repair is two things:
    1) stronger/better than new
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    2) cheaper to buy.
     
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  8. DaveSG

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    As long as you love the guitar and are not worried about resale, go for it. All of my Gibson SGs have headstock breaks. Killer guitars.
     
  9. Biddlin

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    Probably, you posted here, but if the guitar is sweet, go for it!
    Classic.jpg neck fix.jpg
    My easiest playing SG has a headstock repair. Five cents worth of glue 10 years ago.
     
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  10. Herbie74w

    Herbie74w Active Member

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    Here is a pic of my 63 junior. I call it scar face. Lol. Plays great. 84212EB8-73D0-4D96-8D5C-D80985103571.jpeg
     
  11. devnulljp

    devnulljp Member

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    I just said hello to your little friend.
    I've had a few 60s Jrs over the years, love em. This one would be my first SG Special though. Really leaning towards buying it.
     
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    Let yourself fall ...
     
  13. Chubbles

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    I agree. It depends on the price.
     
  14. Chuteboxehero

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    Late 60s Specials are fantastic guitars. I have a '67 and I never get tired of playing it. That being said, if the repair looks legit and you are comfortable with the price, I'd say jump on it. Just make sure you see what non repaired '68s are selling for and adjust the price accordingly. It looks pretty clean otherwise. I like it.
     
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    If the price is right and it looks and plays good why not! :yesway:
     
  16. Stephane TST

    Stephane TST New Member

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    Hello,

    When buying vintage guitars, lots of things come into the matter. To make thing simple: yes, it's a great idea to buy a Gibson with a pro headstock repair, as the price should be ridiculously low in the best case or at least reasonable.
     
  17. agejaded

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    There seem to be a lot of older SG’s with headstock repairs so it’s not a big deal if the neck is straight and it plays well/stays in tune.

    I’d be more interested in whether the hardware, pickups, pots and body finish are original.
     
  18. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    It's like a hot chick with a surgical scar and an eye patch, hit it twice!
     
  19. Darryl Fisher

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    If tit was done by a pro (usually means the repair spot's stronger than the rest of the neck), the price is right, go for it...it pro'lly won't get any cheaper.
    Jump on it...you know you wanna!
    I like the "chick with scar and eye patch" reference, AD!
    Oh, and when it's about guitars, "nuts" is left at the door...
     
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  20. ruster1

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    i have a 1976 with a great repair.. i have no issues.. if the price is right.. and you plan to keep it.. buy it and LOVE it..
     

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