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Amazing headstock repair!

Ed A

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This is what I did to my beloved '53/'57 Goldtop.... talk about trauma to both me and the guitar!... and this is what master wizard Ian Davlin did with it!!!.... no grafting or dowels, just glue, a small amount of mahogany veneer where needed and expertly done fake graining... I've stared at the repair and I cant see where it was at all, front and back.... Of course black light will show the area, not trying to fool anybody, just happy as a pigs ass that I dont have to SEE a break!.... More pix at his Instagram link below... Thank you Ian!


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Ed A

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Beautiful work.
So...does it sound, play or otherwise act any differently?
Sounds, plays and acts exactly the same.... no wood replaced, so original wood glued to original wood should not have any effect on tone and I sure dont hear it... Been playing the guitar for many years and know exactly how it responds and thank God its the same!
 

Mark Kane

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Amazing, that was an uuuggggllllly break!! Go stand in the corner for a couple days!
 

VamboRool

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Ugly break, but a lot of gluing surface. Very nice repair. Hope it holds over time.
 

zhivago

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Oh man, it must have been heartbreaking when the guitar broke, but good to see the excellent repair!
 

Ed A

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How did the break happen? Guitar stand fall, or guitar strap malfunction?
Fell off the wall! But the hanger didn’t fall off so I still don’t understand how it happened I’m very careful about placing them in the hangers… In any case it’s fully insured and the repair was fully insured so I gig with it all the time and I try not to be paranoid but this has happened to me before and as Ian always tells me, anything can be fixed!
 

J.D.

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Always unfortunate to see a headstock break, especially on a vintage guitar, but it happens with use, even careful use.

This looks to be a well-done, professional repair. The glue joint will most likely be stronger than the wood itself.
 

El Gringo

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Fell off the wall! But the hanger didn’t fall off so I still don’t understand how it happened I’m very careful about placing them in the hangers… In any case it’s fully insured and the repair was fully insured so I gig with it all the time and I try not to be paranoid but this has happened to me before and as Ian always tells me, anything can be fixed!
This is the exact reason why I would not use a wall hangar . Stands are safer as there is less room for them to fall . Not that it won't cause damage as it surely will .
 

Ed A

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This is the exact reason why I would not use a wall hangar . Stands are safer as there is less room for them to fall . Not that it won't cause damage as it surely will .
I hear you! But seeing a bunch of Les Pauls side-by-side on the wall is a visual treat if not a stupid one lol. But I’ve had dozens of guitars through the years and hung them all on the wall without ever any problem but of course the one that has to fall through all of these guitars and all these years is the vintage one! But I already broke the headstock on it seven years ago falling off of a stand lol. It’s recent break happened a couple of months ago so thankfully it’s been at pitch and played every day for the last two months and seems like a good solid repair!
 
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