Would anyone be worried about this neck repair?

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  1. tony1852

    tony1852 New Member

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    I haven't seen the guitar in person and it's quite a haul to get to, so wanted to ask some of the folks here. Does the appearance of this neck crack, claimed to have been professionally repaired, scare anyone off prior to taking the long ride to see (170 mile drive)? I've never had a guitar with a structural issue/repair before, so looking for any advice. Thanks!
     

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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    There are plenty of gutars out there without unknown repairs. Are you set on this one?
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    I have spoke to this many times, but here we go.

    there is nothing wrong with a repaired neck. Just like a car that had a claim. You can have a lot of years (heck a lifetime) of enjoyment with it. My question when it comes to purchasing a repaired guitar is, why? There are so many guitars out there that have not suffered from a broken neck or headstock.

    mind you absolutely love the guitar, year, model, whatever and you have to have it. Give’r hell and enjoy it. If it’s dirt cheap and you can’t walk away from it, go for it. But from what I see in my neck of the woods. A repaired neck will save you a few hundred bucks, less of its vintage, for a lot of worry and concern over the quality of the repair, tuning issues, playability, aesthetics, comfort etc.

    personally... I would find one without a repair and throw a little extra coin at it. If your not in a hurry to buy, you can find one without a repair for likely even cheaper than what that seller is asking. Just keep watching the locals and have cash in hand for a quick sale.
     
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    I'm with those guys on this. If there is a remote chance you can get the same guitar without a repair, do that.
     
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    I wouldn't have confidence in that repair.
     
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    HA. most common gibson break there is. the gibson "smile".

    totally not a problem if its been fixed properly with wood glue and clamps.

    EZ PZ.
     
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    Steve D Well-Known Member

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    It looks like it was a break similar to this:


    Those are easy to repair, lots of surface area for glue, not missing chunks of wood, clean break. Glue and some nice even clamping pressure across the whole break can make a very solid bond. vIf it's done right. Of course the issue is that you can't be sure if it was done right from a photo.
     
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    How much cheaper is it that an unmolestered version?
     
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    neck fix.jpg
    This is what a solid neck repair should look like.
     
  10. tony1852

    tony1852 New Member

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    Not set on guitar. BUT, it does seem like a good deal. It's an SG supreme that's about $600-$800 cheaper than those I see on reverb or ebay. Do I NEED another SG, or guitar for that matter? Probably not-especially if you ask the wife lol! Seems like a split between ok and no-way...
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    part of appeal of the the supreme is the perfection.

    maybe if the guitar was $600, maybe.
     
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    If it had been properly repaired I don’t think that crack would be as visible, or visible at all...
    I don’t like the look of that fix.
     
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    Exactly.

    We shouldn't see white in the crack. If it was properly glued with wood glue, we would see a yellow repair crack if anything. It might have been put back together with super glue or epoxy.

    I would pass.
     
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    It the price was right I wouldn't have a problem buyting a guitar with a neck crack.
    Can the seller email you a copy of the reciept for the repair work. That would tell you if it was done at a proper repair shop.
     
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    Those cracks can disappear. They can also leave a sharp visible line.

    The repair can be strong both ways.

    If you have to have an SG supreme I wouldn't let the crack be a deal breaker.

    There aren't many of those around. But the deal should be in your favor and reflect the hit you'll have to take if you decide that the crack is a problem or you just decide to sell it.
     
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    Getting rid of the line - which is almost certainly internal wood from failure to close properly - is a matter of great patience, picking out all the little wood splinters that stick out, then bend over, refusing to go back in exactly the right place. Only when you have go all those sorted out can you glue it together with almost no visible gap. If this is not done, the glue line ends up overly thick, and consequently a bit flexible, and a bit weak.
     
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    Many sides to the argument. It depends on how your noggin perceives this. Just from a sanity perspective, I would probably be okay with the broken neck if this were a Tribute or Special. It would drive me insane having a premium, top of the line guitar with an obvious cosmetic and structural flaw. For that reason, I would not bring this into my life. If I was the one who broke it, I could live with it.

    I guess it depends upon why you're interested in this guitar.
     
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    Depends on what they want for it. There's nothing in the pic to suggest there's anything wrong with it and a neck repair, provided it's made with the right glue and fit right, will in itself not make the guitar sound or play worse so, yeah, it's really up to you if you feel it's worth the trip. Personally I prefer a repaired neck to an unrepaired because unless the seller is nuts it will put the guitar in a more attractive price range but that's because I don't think any guitar is worth more that 1000$.
     
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    If I found an older SG I really liked, the neck break wouldn't concern me too much, including the one shown in your picture. My 73 SG suffered a similar break about 15 years ago, was whisked down to a highly reputable UK luthier and came back looking pretty much as it does today. I did pay £100 extra to have the break disguised, if only to stop endless knobs from dishing the guitar. In the 15 years since, it has not moved at all, the only evidence being slight loss of grain definition where a dye was applied and some indentation of the finish lacquer where the original crack was. Had I not paid for the cosmetics, it would have looked as per your example. The guitar plays just as well as it did beforehand, it's just got a few wrinkles with age.

    Neck break.jpg
     
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    F me, that's a stellar job there!
     

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