Is My Guitar a Write Off?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by FelixV, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. FelixV

    FelixV Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello!

    This is my guitar that my ex girlfriend smashed a few years ago and has since been hidden away in its case like some kind of jumanji-esque bad mojo secret. I’ve desperately wanted to be able to play it again all this time but I haven’t been able to afford to spend the money to repair it and I’ve been avoiding confronting my grief (telling myself that I didn’t deserve such a nice and expensive guitar in the first place).

    The damage is mostly to the neck, snapped headstock, dented fret, missing tuner bushing and the skunk stripe has moved through the finish leaving the seams very rough.

    I understand that a replacement for the neck is probably the way to go as the damage is quite extensive but I am concerned about the cracks in the body. One particularly worrying crack extends all the way from inside the trem cavity down to near to the lower strap button. I am unsure if the cracks on the body are just in the finish or actually penetrate into the wood. Are there any techniques for assessing this without stripping the finish?

    I’d like to hear your thoughts on the viability of salvaging my guitar.

    I’m ready to accept that I can’t just keep my broken guitar hidden away forever and I want to know if saving towards repairing it is a futile effort. I have a personal connection with my guitar, I brought it for first guitar and I love it but I understand that it’s possible that it’s just not meant to be. In retrospect I would tell my younger self to get a cheaper guitar but at the time I thought that the idea of buying a “beginner” guitar to then buy a “proper” guitar a couple of years later was silly and more costly than just buying a “proper” guitar from the start.

    Thanks,
    Felix


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  2. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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  3. Ace38

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    Wow..thats pretty rough. I'm especially worried about that one in the 3rd pic for the neck pocket. The others are most likely finish cracks but that neck pocket one looks particularly bad.
     
  4. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sorry brother. Those pics are very sad.
     
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  5. Guy Named Sue

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    A new neck will sort that up. The damages to the body aren't serious.

    The headstock can definitely be repaired but my worry is the truss rod, it has definitely moved around making the walnut strip to push out, whether that truss rod is damaged or works correctly is up to a tech to evaluate. The structure of the neck might have been compromised totally.

    The frets can be leveled.

    Overall, it can be repaired to a functional level, but the cost would be probably more than a replacement neck.
     
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  6. Agtronic

    Agtronic Strat-O-Master

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    Wow man, that's tough to look at.

    I feel like the cracks near the neck pocket are probably the most concerning. Damage in the path of string tension is what will cause problems. Cracks on the bottom are not a big deal, and neither is the headstock break. The fret is a non-issue.

    I'm a sentimental guy, so I totally understand the personal connection with your instrument.

    Mostly anything of wood can be repaired. You just have to figure out how much it will cost and if you're willing to spend the money. Otherwise, it can still make a nice wall decoration.

    What you said about buying something quality as a first guitar is exactly how I feel. I always buy the best I can afford (or can't) and I have never regretted it.

    She must have been mad...
     
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    integra evan Strat-O-Master

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    You threw all her shoes in the fireplace after that, right?

    My biggest concern is the truss rod, as mentioned above.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If you were on this side of the pond I would take that project on in a heartbeat. I am pretty sure that I could fix it without a doubt.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    myself and many people here can make any guitar repair, but it would cost more than that guitar is worth for me to fix your's.

    sometimes in life it is easier to start fresh
     
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    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member

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    I hope your Ex is recovering nicely as we speak.
     
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    CephasG Senior Stratmaster

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    Cut your losses and buy yourself a new guitar to enjoy and not remind you of something that you don't want to be reminded. A lot of great advice above.
     
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    It's all fixable. The headstock can be glued back together with Titebond or similar wood glue - looks like a nice clean break so it'll be stronger than before it was broken.

    The fret dink is nothing - a new fret will sort that.

    The cracks in the body and the neck finish along the skunk stripe look like humidity damage to me - did you store the guitar somewhere damp? I suggest you make sure it's nice and dry by keeping it in a warm dry environment for a few weeks. Then you can fix up the cracks in both the neck and the body with some superglue followed by sanding and polishing.

    If you have any experience of woodworking, it's an easy job. Otherwise take it to a local luthier and they should be able to sort it out for you.

    It'll never look like new, but it'll play fine and have a nice story to it.

    Edit: if you decide not to fix it, pm me and I make you a low offer to buy it for the project ;)
     
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    Plus who knows how it will sound and play after repair. If you audition new-to-you guitars, you’ll know.
     
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    That chicks crazy.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it will sound exactly as it used to, and play pretty similarly...
     
  17. Mind Flayer

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    I think the wiser thing to tell your younger self would be to avoid the woman that did that to your guitar! That's rough!

    Others have said that it's fixable, but that it might be more cost effective to just start fresh. That may be the case, but if it has sentimental value to you, maybe it's worth it? To me, if I could afford it, it would be immensely gratifying to bring this beautiful guitar back to its old glory, (1) because it's a beautiful guitar, and it would be nice to have it spared, and (2) to spite your ex. And if I were you, once the guitar is fixed, I'd snap a few pics, send them to your ex, and also send her a copy of the invoice from the luthier!

    Seems like it could be fixed, I'm sure a number of the folks on this board could do it, but the question is, is there someone in your area who could do the job? Take it around and see if they can give you a ballpark estimate.
     
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    Btw, what model and year is that? Despite all the damage, it looks like a beautiful guitar.
     
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    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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    That all looks very repairable, I'd have it up and running over a saturday afternoon.


    Has she got a sister?
     
  20. guitarface

    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    That girlfriend is a write off.