Neck Repairs

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I think guitars with neck repairs can be a good find if the price is right.

    I did an even up trade of a 1975 Fender Telecaster ($500.00 initial buy) for a "player" 1968 Gibson ES 335.

    I wouldn't necessarily do this trade but it involved a Gibson 335.

    The guy I dealt with showed me his Fender Telecaster and, IMO, looked like the cracked desert floor.

    Acquired taste.

    Another word out of the traders mouth, "this is a $7k guitar:rolleyes:", and I would have walked.

    If he would see my peach 1969 ES 335, he'd know better.

    My '69...........


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    Nice guy but delusional.

    The '68..............

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    A sign of changes is that there's a volute and no serial # on the back of the headstock.

    I replace the metal Grover tuning pegs with plastic Gibson Kluson single ring "tulip" pegs.

    I know, 2 ring Kluson pegs are correct............they're a fortune.

    My luthier tells me the repair is strong.

    I've gigged with the guitar and it played well.

    I used my Knaggs Severn Tier 2 as a back up.

    My bassist told me that the Knaggs was better sounding.:jam:

    Your opinion on headstock repairs or repair changes on a guitar...............
     
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  2. El Gringo

    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    We have spoken about this not long ago and I am glad yours is a good one . In general for me is to much of a risk as you really never know how good/solid the repair is . For instance what if you gently ding the headstock ? thus making the repair maybe worse , and causing more of a potential warp or the fingerboard lifting or the neck bowing . I know I am sounding doom and gloom , but when your dropping coin $ it is just too risky for my blood . Yes , there are fine ones and even exceptional ones , like the Peter Green Burst that now resides with Kirk Hammett , formerly with Gary Moore , who got it after Peter Green . If it was way back in the 90's or 80's or 70's you could get a replacement neck from Gibson which you still can today but it will be costly as they are more prickly about this type of issue in the present term . Tough call . Yours look aged and finish checked and the repair is pretty clean and not noticeable . To me yours looks like the exception to the rule as you can't see the scar and that's a great thing !
     
  3. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I think this Gibson ES 335 may have been re-necked somewhere in the past.

    I don't see any clear visible seem for a headstock repair.

    The headstock does not have a serial # on the back.

    There is a volute and this wasn't done till late 1969.

    The body has an orange label indicating that it's a 1968 model.

    IMO, it's still a player and not a stock guitar.

    Here's the guitar as I originally traded.

    It has mettle Grover tuners that I changed to plastic Klusons.

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    Like I said, it's a player.

    The trader's $7k value is pure BS.

     
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  4. Pave Dog

    Pave Dog New Member

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    If it really bothers you Gibson is now doing full repairs and resprays, like Historic Makeovers does. At least that way if you ever want to sell there will be Gibson paperwork. I have seen the repairs done by HM including a broken headstock and it was invisible.
     

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