Sheeeet !

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I have to admit it had been repaired before I got it but was never informed it was. Lucky I had it for a good price. I spent about an hour trying to extract the old glue. The fit is pretty good but I think I'll have to rout and insert splines if I want a solid repair. I have to find out how to make a template for the spline routs. A good thing I'm not close to the truss rod.
 
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splines and a back strap and that'll be better than it ever was.

but man that is an ugly break.

take pics of the repairs... please!
 

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Hope the repair goes well!!!

Not sure if this is what is meant by backstrap, but this maybe it's something along the lines of this:



Splines should do the trick just fine. I supposed you'd probably need to make a custom clamping caul for that.

Don't think I'll be going to that extent.
More something like this.
 

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this kinda thing. you've got it. no doubt.
 

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Jig in progress. Ready to reglue the headstock to the neck. Jig will later progress to include a guide for routing.

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14° angle shim
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Bevel pieces to press down on the headstock as it will dry. Nail to hold headstock straight and centered.
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Any luthier here that could help for glue choice for this stage ? I cleaned as much glue residue from the fibers. Yellow, so I suspect wood glue was used. Thing is I don't think wood glue would work now, because most of the wood fibers are saturated/shiny. I thought either Epoxy (messy) or super glue; I have cyanoacrylate medium viscosity.

Splines will be fixed with wood glue.
 

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I don't think CA is good for this. Unless you're just trying to get it to hold together for more repairs.

If you've got voids...I'd suggest being super careful with epoxy.

I have a Sheraton that had a horrible neck break. I spent 8 hrs with tweezers and a magnifying headlamp picking out splinters.

When I got it to fit together tight there were just too many voids. I asked some local experts and they all said epoxy. If you've got voids. you want something to fill that. I used system 8 aircraft structural epoxy and the repair has been perfect.
 

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Any luthier here that could help for glue choice for this stage ? I cleaned as much glue residue from the fibers. Yellow, so I suspect wood glue was used. Thing is I don't think wood glue would work now, because most of the wood fibers are saturated/shiny. I thought either Epoxy (messy) or super glue; I have cyanoacrylate medium viscosity.

Splines will be fixed with wood glue.
I"m no luthier, but have fixed headstock breaks (with the guidance of a luthier teaching me how to do it). Epoxy would do the trick if you have enough contact and will last you until get those splines in. CA won't hold.
 

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I"m no luthier, but have fixed headstock breaks (with the guidance of a luthier teaching me how to do it). Epoxy would do the trick if you have enough contact and will last you until get those splines in. CA won't hold.
Thanks. I'm going epoxy.
I'm buying a small digital scale, because I always have the hardest time matching the 5:1 ratio of the West System epoxy.
 

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Thanks. I'm going epoxy.
I'm buying a small digital scale, because I always have the hardest time matching the 5:1 ratio of the West System epoxy.
Most of the videos don't show this, but from personal experience, I'd tape the truss rod and also lightly vaseline the outside of the tape before you do the epoxy. You might not be able to pull out all the tape once the neck's fixed, but at least it prevents the epoxy from getting all over the truss rod.
 


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