How would you approach this repair?

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  1. fezz parka

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    I'd just glue and clamp.

    Worth a shot.
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Yep, I'd do the same, not a bad break to fix.
     
  3. buzzword

    buzzword Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Not dumb luck, if the break runs parallel to the grain and there’s enough wood a Titebond join can be stronger than the original wood itself.
     
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    buzzword Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Sounds like it may not have been detuned beforehand
     
  5. FrieAsABird

    FrieAsABird Senior Stratmaster

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    I’d pay the guy 50 bucks for the challenge and see where that takes me. Worst case? Part it out. Sell electronics and hardware for as much as possible and put th guitar in the attic. But 200? Nope!
     
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  6. Lonn

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    I’m going to trade him that Tele style guitar I paid $128 for at a pawn shop. It’s been sitting since I bought it. The honeymoon was pretty short on that one. I’ll have fun with this one even if I can’t fix it. I’m thinking titebond and clamp and then a couple of dowels. I first have to get my hands on it to see if the neck even fits back in the joint snuggly. If it doesn’t I’m not going to attempt anything.
     
  7. kjatexas

    kjatexas Strat-Talker

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    I'd buy a new guitar.
     
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    If you are trying to save what's left of the finish, one trick is to install tenons in the sides of the neck pocket blind. (they stop a bit short of the finished end of the body) Then corresponding mortises in the sides of the neck.
     
  9. DannyHescock

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    I say do it and document it here - I'd love to watch your progress!
     
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    Tenons, not tendons. Those'll rot.
     
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  11. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    You wanted a permanent repair?

    Voice To Text.....lol
     
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  12. Brooklyn Zeke

    Brooklyn Zeke Strat-Talk Member

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    Nah. Bolts and nuts. Big nuts.
     
  13. Jimbo99

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    Here's a thought, that's if outright gluing it doesn't work on it's own. Fabricate a special shaped neckplate for the bottom of the guitar. In the neck, put a couple of threaded inserts, converting it into a 2 bolt bolt-on with glue set neck in the thickest sections where the break & neck gets set. That narrow & uneven bottom surface area may be a problem regardless of the approach. Who knows though, it just might work as a set & bolt on hybrid neck though ? The bolts don't necessarily have to be recessed/countersunk into the bottom even like the Ibanez in this photo, just an idea/concept ? And naturally the Sterling/Music Man isn't a curved shape, there seems to be enough wood at the edges of the break in the neck to use inserts & glue to secure it though ?
    bolt on conversion.png
     
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    Might even be able to go 3 or 4 bolt & insert with glue set. Stage it so that the bolt & insert become the clamps that hold it while the glue dries and cures ? here.png
     
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    Slacker G Strat-O-Master

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    Is this a fake Strat-Talk site? No one mentioned toothpicks & glue!

    OK

    Build up the broken section of the body with toothpicks & Glue and then shape with a small tile router for a Strat neck.

    oops SP
     
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    Slacker G Strat-O-Master

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    Oh. You mean like maybe the guy was playing the Devils music on it and that's why it was destroyed?
     
  17. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Tendons? Where are you going to get them?… from your thigh? Lol.

    ………I think you meant to say “Tenon”.
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    This is a clean wide surface that should glue up fine. It’s almost like it just missed breaking from its original glue joint. I usually spline most neck breaks but I doubt that it would be really necessary here. The key is to get clamped so it doesn’t slip after being glued and getting it perfectly aligned so there are no gaps or ridges at the point of the brake after the glue dries.
     
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  19. Jimbo99

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    That's why I'm not exactly buying into the damaged in shipping story, who puts a customized Jesus symbol on a guitar that has a broken neck like that ? That looks more like it sustained accidental damage at a church gathering ? I guess maybe it looked solid and the Jesus symbol went on it, but what are the chances the neck fails like that catastrophically playing at a church function ?
     
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  20. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd just brush some freshly mixed Resorcinol glue on it, clamp it for a day and then play it. Although resorcinol is getting harder to find and more expensive than when we used to use it building planes in the '70s. No real gap filling qualities, but will last forever, even underwater.
     
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