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Is this a broken neck?

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Brutus Presley, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Brutus Presley

    Brutus Presley Gretschie

    441
    Jan 21, 2016
    Sweden
    Just want to know if something looks wrong with the neck on my 5420. Sorry for bad quality
     

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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    The hairline in the neck heel block?
    The heel is often made from 2 pieces. It's a cost effective measure, and if applied well it doesn't affect the structural integrity negatively.
    Wood being susceptible to temp and humidity changes, it does have a tendency to reveal itself, sometimes even cracking through the paint. Keep an eye on it.

     
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  3. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Probably fine. There does not seem to be any actual separation. How's the humidity in Sweden? Keep your guitar humidified. 40-60%
     
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  4. Brutus Presley

    Brutus Presley Gretschie

    441
    Jan 21, 2016
    Sweden
    It's dry during the most time of the year,
     
  5. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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    51
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    This does not look like a crack. I assume a two-piece neckheel, too.
     
  7. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    This is what a broken neck looks like, called a C2 hangman's fracture. The arrow shows you where it is. Surprisingly it appears the patient survived (at least so far) but was likely paralyzed from the neck down. Where the vertebrae slid across it cut the spinal cord.

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  8. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    100
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    Drmilktruck -

    I could have gone all day without seeing that X-ray!
     
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  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    You're welcome! :D
     
  10. Strummer George

    Strummer George Gretschie

    226
    Dec 31, 2016
    West Coast
    Just discovered that you would put it in the case with the guitar. (Not inside the guitar)
     
  11. Strummer George

    Strummer George Gretschie

    226
    Dec 31, 2016
    West Coast
    Looks like a lacquer finish crack based on the photo. Has the crack always been there or did it just happen? Probably a poor paint job from the factory? It is unusual for the heel wood to crack like that considering it is glued to the neck and the guitar.