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A Fender acoustic in with a broken headstock. Part of the break follows the scarf joint and then on the bass side it goes vertical. Fortunately it was a nice clean break and hinged on the overlay (ie still attached).
My glue of choice on a clean headstock break is hot hide glue. It dries super hard and is not susceptible to creep like yellow or white glues. Creep is when the glue joint slowly deforms under load.
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Here's the end result of the most recent Les Paul neck break repair. It closed up really well and didn't require any sanding of the finish to make it smooth to the touch. I'm usually reluctant to post the final photos when the customer doesn't have the budget for the finish repairs. But this could be fairly easily touched up if he ever decides to do so in the future.
Broken headstock & upgrades :: 1992 Gibson Les Paul [7.7 lbs]
Another Gibson, another broken headstock. The neck break was repaired along with an odd break in the control cavity. While the guitar was in the shop, the player decided to make a few upgrades, including a Tonepros bridge, amber bell knobs and cream appointments (pickup rings, switch plate, output jack plate - all originally black). The player will be swapping out the Dimarzio "Mega Drive" (DP107) bridge pickup himself for a classic '57. In order to cosmetically match the new pickup, the player had me install a gold cover on the neck pickup.
Below is the headstock repair. We opted for no finish touch ups, so I just wet sanded and buffed the area to improve the feel.