Here by far is the nastiest neck break to come across my bench to date. It is a 1965 Epiphone Olympic. The neck is cleanly broken free of the body and then some. This came into the shop in three pieces (body, neck, headstock) with a few loose / missing pieces to boot. The back story is that this player was at a rehearsal where he backed up and tripped over some gear. On the way down he caught his head on a counter top and was knocked out cold just before he and the guitar hit the ground. Ouch!
The plan of attack is to start at the body of the guitar and work towards the head (save the best for last). First the guitar needs to be stripped of all parts before the neck repairs can begin.
- Strip off hardware
- Rebuild neck pocket
- Glue neck to body
- Glue headstock to neck
- Prep for finish
- Spray / rub / buff out finish repairs
- Reinstall hardware and set up
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I am really pleased with how this repair came out. It took me a few days of staring it down to come up with a game plan. Initially I thought thought the head break was going to require the sometimes popular use of splines installed through the head break (channels routed through the break and wood keys inlaid). I never liked the look of splined headstock repairs and question how much (if any) strength they add. After talking with a good friend and fellow repairman Chris at Black Cat Guitar, he confirmed that he has glued similar repairs without the use of splines with excellent results (thank you Chris!).
Most neck breaks that come across my bench are either from a guitar not properly stored on a stand or coming free from a strap. This was the first time neither was a factor as the player fell to the ground as well.