Anyone had a broken headstock on a Gretsch?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by new6659, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Always remember the old axiom--

    For every broken guitar, there is always someone who thinks he knows how to repair it...





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  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
  3. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    OK - I'm feeling good about my Custom now!
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  4. Chris MC

    Chris MC Gretschie

    Oct 27, 2014
    Orange, Aus
    I think that yellow thing SG?, was a Pirates guitar...
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  5. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Broke my Melody Maker's headstock the first week I had it:( Was really digging on that axe too. Left it in Hawaii as the shipping was going to be almost as much as I paid for the guitar.
  6. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Yes, me. On my 1991 Gretsch G400, bought 2nd hand. The headstock had a crack :


    But it was neat, clean and could be repaired perfectly and remaining invisible.

    1980 can be considered vintage - at least here in Europe. No headstock crack on my 1980 ES335-TD LH... Maybe because she has the "volute" ;) :


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  7. Interesting . . .
    Stamp on shipping box caught my eye in a 2018 built Gretsch G2655 T
    Napo neck ? Really could be the weak point . . .


    from Seymour Duncan website : "Nato, also known as Eastern mahogany, has a warm resonance, is very strong, and is often used in the necks of less expensive electric guitars because it's not as costly as mahogany."

  8. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Yep. The video above stares Gibson uses 17 degree angle, 13 or 14 on epiphone and 10 to 11 on PRS. Anyone know the angle on a duo jet?
  9. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    Your first two snapshots do not picture fixes but tasteful mods ;)
  10. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Henry, I measured the angle on my G5220LH-DCM Jet : it's 13°. For a Duo-Jet, I don't know...

  11. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    FWIW, I think it is a Double Cut Les Paul. Argh!
  12. 86runner

    86runner Electromatic

    May 6, 2015
    Yall have probably seen this, but I think this is Gibson's problem!

  13. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    No! Both i and @thunder58 own 1975 Yamaha FG 160's and they have perfect Nato wood necks, well mine does and i haven't heard him say anything bad about his. 15528465289061077984615.jpg thats a 44 year old guitar there.;)
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  14. Pete66

    Pete66 Gretschie

    Nov 18, 2015
    Wyre and Fylde
    I had a nasty headstock break but, only because it took a nosedive off a cheap stand.
    The repair is well over 20 years ago and there have been zero issues.
    Apart from a resale perspective !
    Plays great still. 20190317_183029.jpg 20190317_183152.jpg 20190317_183029.jpg 20190317_183152.jpg
  15. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    ..... and you never will
  16. Nemesis44UK

    Nemesis44UK Electromatic

    Aug 1, 2018
    I saw a video online a little while ago, which shows that in the event of a dropped Gibson, the angle of the headstock is such, that it is the main point of contact with the floor. This coupled with the very small amount of wood over the truss rod at the headstock (as shown above in that picture) will often cause breakage at that point.

    Even Epiphone has less chance of a broken headstock as it has a shallower angle (14 degrees as opposed to the Gibson's 17, IIRC) which reduces the chance of a catastrophic break, although it is quite common, still.
  17. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I mentioned this before ,but my uncle had a parting with his Les Paul one night ,it came off the strap,and hit the ground and the only thing wrong was one of the tuners had pushed into the housing,still worked perfectly.

    He has a 1978 Les Paul Deluxe ,so i guess that ugly volute saved it!:D
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