Would this detour you?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by cosmicCowboy, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. cosmicCowboy

    cosmicCowboy Electromatic

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    Feb 11, 2021
    Texas hill country
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    But......

    Repaired headstock. Is that a deal breaker?
     
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  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I saw that listing last week.
    I would probably still buy it if I wanted it since the seller claims it’s structurally sound, but for under $2000.
     
  3. cosmicCowboy

    cosmicCowboy Electromatic

    59
    Feb 11, 2021
    Texas hill country
    I was thinking 1,500 because I don’t know the seller or the quality of the work done.
     
  4. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    840
    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    It would have to be a very good deal. I would want to fix it after getting it so I would know how it was done. The price of the fix and the guitar together would have to be no more than 50% of the street price of a new one. Just remember you might want to sell it one day.
     
  5. cosmicCowboy

    cosmicCowboy Electromatic

    59
    Feb 11, 2021
    Texas hill country
    I kinda look at it as buying a car with a rebuilt title. It’s not worth what it should be worth and it won’t get you anything in return. You don’t know the quality of the work and might have to have it reworked.
     
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Not me, $1600.00 sounds better. I would fix the finish too.
     
  7. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Touch call. I don't like the way the cracks look, I'd have to look at it closer.

    The problem is that with wood, when a break is first put back together the grain should line up and you can get a really good joint, but if it's not perfect the first time it never will be later.

    Looking again I guess it is flush. And maybe a good idea to not refinish the break so it is not hidden.

    But I would always wonder how good the repair is. Many techs add dowels or keys to strengthen the joint, that is when they are stronger than the original wood.
    Will they give the name of the tech so you can phone to get more info about the repair?

    I think it is Troggly (on YT) that won't buy any guitar that has a headstock repair, period. I would think that one would sell for a low price.

    Edit: I wonder if it might sell for a low enough price that it would be worth having the entire neck replaced??
     
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  8. cosmicCowboy

    cosmicCowboy Electromatic

    59
    Feb 11, 2021
    Texas hill country
    I was thinking of offering him 1,500. For a whole lot of different reasons about not knowing the history of the repair
     
  9. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

    215
    Dec 19, 2014
    Indiana
    I don't have the foggiest, so I'm asking: would Gretsch supply a new neck?
     
  10. cosmicCowboy

    cosmicCowboy Electromatic

    59
    Feb 11, 2021
    Texas hill country
    That is a very good question
     
  11. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

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    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    A properly done headstock repair will be as strong as the original. A crappy one will be a headache down the road.
     
  12. L Robbins

    L Robbins Gretschie

    192
    May 3, 2017
    USA
    Absolutely agree, however to my eye that repair looks far from properly done or complete. Not a deal breaker but cant help but wonder why the repair was not taken further. If I really wanted that model I would probably go for it realizing it will need more work. Good luck with your purchase. Its a very sought after model by many. :)
     
  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    That’s a pass for me.
     
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  14. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    I wouldn’t. It just looks like a bad repair. And I’d be forever worried. Plus I’d see it whenever I even think of the guitar. The only reason I’d buy it is because it’s crazy cheap.....and the only reason it would be crazy cheap is because it’s had the headstock broken off and stuck back on by a luthier wearing boxing gloves or a blindfold. Even $1500 (cheap for a Falcon) is a heck of a lot of money to spend on a guitar with a problem.
     
  15. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
  16. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Sorry but this looks like a guitar that will turn a dream into a nightmare.

    Highly doubt it.
     
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  17. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Is there a photo of the front of the headstock? Or is the seller not showing that?
     
  18. cosmicCowboy

    cosmicCowboy Electromatic

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    Feb 11, 2021
    Texas hill country
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  19. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Gretschie

    403
    May 11, 2016
    Seattle
    I'll have to join the choir;

    Pass.

    Just keep saving your money for one that is complete. The model is fairly recent, the right one will pop up sooner than later.
     
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  20. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    The average price of those seems to be about $3700 and you can get that one for around $2000. I have no idea what a neck would cost and don't know if you could even get one but replacing it might be a possibility.
    But is it worth screwing around with that expensive a guitar?
     
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