SG Firebrand repair: ain't it neat?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by JeffreyLeePierre, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    That thread from the discussion about strings.
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    In spite of the bad weather forecast, it was sunny in the afternoon and I took other snapshots of the repair.

    So after falling on the wooden floor, that was two separate pieces:
    Gibson SG CasséeWP_20180823_001600.jpg

    Gibson SG CasséeWP_20180823_003600.jpg

    And now the head and neck as they are about 6 months after the repair:

    SG Repair01800.jpg

    The slit at the top of the head was there before the crash, as the luthier did nothing about it, I suppose it's harmless.

    SG Repair02800.jpg

    SG Repair03.jpg

    SG Repair04.jpg

    SG Repair05800.jpg

    Unfortunately, that photo of the other side is blurred. But flowers are beautiful...

    SG Repair08800.jpg

    SG Repair09800.jpg

    I do think he really did a good job. As far as I remember, I paid about 100 euros. Including: he cleaned the fretboard (guess that was its first cleaning) and re-stringed.
    Now that SG's future ain't bleak. Ain't it neat?
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  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    That looks great!
    Thanx for sharing!
  3. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Good and clean job. Enjoy this lovely beast!
  4. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Yes I do :)
    Forgot to mention: after the finish he made, you feel nothing when caressing the neck.
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Excellent job and cheap as chips.
  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    beautiful job
  7. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Golly gee! Wowee!
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  8. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
  9. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    A broken headstock on a Gibson with a volute is quite a rare accident. The traditional construction is much more prone to snap at this point. My luthier has to do headstock-repairs on Gibson guitars permanently.
    Stratocasters seem to be immune to that.
    Michael Schenker and Kirk Hammet stated in an interview that everytime a Gibson of theirs had a head-repair it sounded and felt better when it was done.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
  10. BuddieGreen

    BuddieGreen Gretschie

    Sep 3, 2018
    indiana usa
    from the pics i can hardly tell it had a repair. looks nice and a good job.
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  11. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2019
    Texas Hill Country
    If I bought that, I would never know. I would remain in clueless bliss.
  12. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Here's a good picture of the side where the scar is the most visible:

    SG Repair10800.jpg

    So if you look closely, you can see it. But you can't feel it thanks to the finish (and the place where the largest gap is located).
  13. garytone

    garytone Electromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    Very good repair - play the heck out of it !!
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  14. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Gretschie

    Jun 2, 2008
    Fort Collins, CO
    I had a '50's Gibson mandolin headstock snap. The guy who repaired it milled two slots on either side of the truss rod and put in some maple strips to help with the strength of the repair. When I got it back, unless you looked at it in the light just right, you couldn't tell that it had ever been broken. And I doubt it will ever break again. Sadly the repairman who did it died a few years ago. He was a master of his craft.
    garytone likes this.
  15. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    This brings up the idea of what might be better - the traditional one piece neck or one made with a scarf joint - as usually found on lower priced instruments. I have built a few guitars, all with scarf joint necks. I recently had a crack in the headstock of a 1995 Les Paul Custom (still not sure how that happened) and it's made me worried about banging my Proline Gretsch necks. I sort of wish they had scarf joints now like my 5435 and 5220 have. Any thoughts? The one piece neck seems shamefully wasteful of materials and prone to damage. Would you accept one with a scarf joint?
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
  16. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    It's probably happened, but I've not heard of Gretsch headstocks being knocked off. The only time I won't use a scarf joint is when I'm doing a multi-laminate neck through guitar.
  17. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I had a Xaviere which came apart at the scarf joint...
  18. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    How a scarf joint would be more solid? If a guitar falls on the headstock, it hurts, no?
  19. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Generally glued connections are stronger than the wood. The Xaviere didn’t even fall. It just came apart under normal string tension. :eek:
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