Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Scottz, Mar 7, 2018.
I just noticed this. Should I try to do something about it or just leave it alone?
Does it go right through where the tuner's screw is? If so, that may be the cause... too small a pilot hole for the screw. I'd probably leave it alone unless the end of the head breaks off. Then I'd dowel it and glue it back on.
Please post a pic of the other side of the headstock.
If this is more than just a surface/finish crack I would be inclined to:
Remove the tuner
Thin out some wood glue and force the glue into the crack with high pressure air.
Squeeze the crack shut with a wood clamp
Open up (very slightly) the hole for the tuner screw
Edit: Just saw you updated image. Yup, that crack should be repaired. How long has it been there?
Here it is. It's on a 1987 E series MIK.
Not sure how long, I just noticed it today. The tuner and screw have been there about 30 years since the factory, I've never removed them.
I got a crack in the headstock of my old 1990 ‘57 AVRI and had it repaired by a luthier. Although mine was on the low E tuner.
What's the best way to thin Titebond? Water?
Thinning info is given in this link:
"Can Titebond Wood Glues be thinned?
Most of our water-based wood glues can be thinned with water up to 5% by weight or by volume. Adding more than 5% water to our glues will decrease the bond strength. Titebond Liquid Hide Glue is thinned by gently heating the bottle in a pan of warm water. Titebond Polyurethane Glue may only be thinned by placing the bottle into a pan of warm water."
Here's how I would do this. First I would resign myself to the possibility/probability of "in the long run" having to in some way repair that screw hole, maybe not, read on and you'll see why. Remove all strings and tuners. Plan your clamping method and pre-set the clamps in a handy spot. I would then force either a slightly larger screw or nail into that screw hole to help open the crack a little to allow the thinned/warmed glue to penetrate into the depths of the crack. Remove screw/nail, apply clamps and let dry overnight to 24 hours or even 48 hours if the glue got thinned with water. If the screwhole got enlarged too much from the larger screw/nail, you may need to fill it. One way that would avoid drilling and doweling would be to simply use a toothpick with glue to "shrink the hole, the same as we often do with loose strap button screws.
Now, with all that said, if you're confident of being able to work fairly quickly, the thinnest available CA glue (AKA "Super Glue") would wick into the opened up crack, bond well and clean up to an almost invisible repair with a fresh, well and carefully operated razor blade as a scraper. To use it as a scraper you do it like this >>/ with the arrows being the direction of motion and the "/" being the single edged razor blade.
One Source For Thin CA Glue:
and a tiny applicator tip:
If all this scares you, take it to a good tech or woodworker. If you were here in Vegas, I'd do it for you overnight for about $50 +/-, depending on if the finish needed repair!
Thanks for the replies. I'll try to take that tuner off tonight and get a better look.
Probably been there for years. Play it.
I'd leave it alone. If it ever breaks I'd deal with it.
Here's a better look.
May be time to forget about the glue....
A shop that sells R/C model airplanes is also a good source of CA adhesives.
This has happened since November, I had it in for a fret dress and setup then.
Officer: "How'd this crack get in the headstock"?
Me: "I have no idea, but it ain't mine."
Officer: "It was sitting next to you in the car."
Me: "Yeah, but my friend put it there just before y'all pulled us over."
Officer: "You mean the guy who was driving."
Me: "Yeah, that's right, he said, 'Hey bro, hold onna this guitar while I talks to the poh-leece."
Officer: "Well, your friend says that it's your guitar, and your crack."
Me: "He's lying!" "Hey Raj, what are you lying for, you know that guitar is yours"?
Officer: "His name is Raj? He told me it was Henry."
Me: "Hell yeah, that's Raj, he's lying about everything!"
Officer: "Well Raj has some pictures of you on his phone playing that guitar."
Me: "That ain't me!"
Officer: "Well it sure as hell looks like you, you're wearing your McDonald's uniform, and it has your name tag on it."
Me: "Oh yeah, that is me, but it's Raj's guitar, he loaned it to me."
Officer: "All right, turn around and put your hands behind your back."
It was in your pocket.
But these aren't my pants.
So, I'm thinking a Warmoth roasted maple.
Nah, just reinforce it and play it.