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Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Brutus Presley, Jan 10, 2017.
Just want to know if something looks wrong with the neck on my 5420. Sorry for bad quality
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.
Epiphone Sheraton neck heel block
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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It's dry during the most time of the year,
I like these little Herco humidifiers. Pretty easy to find in any music shop: http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/heheguhutgu.html
For a cheap hygrometer, go to your pet shop and look for one for a terrarium.
This does not look like a crack. I assume a two-piece neckheel, too.
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.
I could have gone all day without seeing that X-ray!
Just discovered that you would put it in the case with the guitar. (Not inside the guitar)
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.