The Workbench

Not a Gretsch but still fun and “on the bench”.

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Oh that's an easy fix....for you.

3

Beautiful guitar and great work as always. I like the Peerless made Epis a lot. My Casino is excellently made and sounds even better after a pickup swap.

4

That's not damaged. That's an Epiphone/Gibson "design feature"... the breakaway headstock.

In the event of a mishap, the headstock breaks away immediately in order to preserve the company's "lifestyle brand" image.

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Any pins or other strength help Curt? Or just glue? Thanks.

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Any pins or other strength help Curt? Or just glue? Thanks.

– RCgold

My personal belief is all that stuff isn't needed, a good glue joint with proper alignment using West System epoxy is all you need for a good headstock repair.

The goal is a guitar that stays in tune with the best cosmetic work you can do keeps it from being a constant reminder of "that day".

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Wow! Look at this “after” picture. What a great job hiding the boo-boo.

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Thanks for posting this kind of stuff, Curt. Amazing work, really.

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Great job, Curt! You have to look very hard to even see the repair, it's nearly invisible. I have a 2019 Les Paul that I treat like a lady. I never put her in a situation where a headstock break can happen, but it only takes once, and you end up with a two piece neck.

10

Nicely done, Sir !

11

The guy's a smurfing genius.

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another fantastic job!! bravo

cheers

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That is remarkable. I don't think I've seen a better neck break fix. Do you think it's because you got almost all the wood?

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That is remarkable. I don't think I've seen a better neck break fix. Do you think it's because you got almost all the wood?

– JimmyR

a couple things worked out on this guitar, location of the break and that the translucent finish was dark.

when I do headstock repairs I offer two prices, a basic glue it back on and a strip the neck special. When you’re down to bare wood it’s easier to to shape it and eliminate hard edges.

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That is some really great work, Curt!! I remember seeing a Dan Erlewine video many many years ago in which he hid a repair to a mahogany Gibson neck by spraying opaque beige over the repair and then painting tiny grain lines by hand to blend it before applying the transparent cherry.

But your repair is even better than that!!


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