Fixing a Broken Guitar Headstock (Repair) Epiphone Les Paul

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Published: September 28th, 2008

EPIPHONE LES PAUL STANDARD GUITAR [SUNBURST] - BROKEN HEADSTOCK REPAIR (me repairing my guitar!) Materials: - Clamps - Tape (optional… I wanted to make sure I made the least mess possible on my pretty guitar, so I taped off a large section of the guitar.) - Titebond ORIGINAL glue (I used this: http://www.woodzone.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=323063&Category_Code=glue - Newspapers (makes the mess easy to clean up.) - Wet Rag(s) - Dry Rag(s) - An extra pair of hands! (optional… but very helpful.) ——————————————– For pictures of the process and more information go to: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=873257 [Before starting, I removed the headstock hardware: tuners, truss rod cover, screws, etc… And cleaned the surface, as well as took off all lose pieces of wood. This should be the first step. PLEASE USE THE LINK: IT WILL GIVE YOU BETTER INSIGHT INTO THE PROCESS.) ——————————————– So the story goes: a local luthier (who’s now sort of a friend because we go there sooo much and he’s really cool) had a bunch of broken headstock SGs and Les Paul that he bought in bulk from GC for cheap. The guitars were all being shipped from the factory when they were damaged in shipping, so they were 100% new from the middle of the neck down, with stickers and everything. So, I looked at all of them and he said I could pick the one with the cleanest break ( ). After going through them, I picked a sunburst Epiphone Les Paul Standard with a realllllly nice break. $95 dollars. I hope the video helps people out. - how to repair a broken guitar headstock - Pics of finished guitar: http://s235.photobucket.com/albums/ee184/emilyguitar/Epiphone%20Broken%20Headstock/

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  1. 1. ChaosScourge777
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    This type of …
    This type of headstock break is ten times more common on Gibson guitars than on any other Les Paul or SG-style guitar on the market. In fact, this is the only time I’ve ever seen a different LP-style guitar’s neck in two pieces. I have no idea why. I think it has something to do with either the headstock angle or the fact that mahogany just makes a crappy neck wood. If you’re willing to spend that much on a guitar, go Carvin. I guarantee it’ll be ten times better.

  2. 2. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Oh sorry, my bad - …
    Oh sorry, my bad - the reply must not have come up right away.

    My suggestion would be to CLAMP it down tightly, and then leave it for about 24 hours, then un-clamp it and leave it for a little while longer. THE LONGER THE BETTER!!

    (I know, waiting KILLS… I remember that xD!)

  3. 3. CITHB69
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    this time i’m gonna …
    this time i’m gonna leave it clamed up all night and try it, and if that doesnt work, i’m gonna put a brace on it for extra support, my dad works at a aircraft company, so i’m sure he’ll either find one or make one, and if i can’t make one or find one, i’ll just tape it with black electric tape thats if worst comes to worst, haha.

  4. 4. CITHB69
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    i didn’t see your …
    i didn’t see your reply before this happened:

    well the first i was following the bottle about the 30 minute thing and took off the clamps then let it dry for another hour and played about 2 hours after i applied everthingand when i was almost done tuning the strings SNAP! the headstock came off.

  5. 5. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    24 hours should be …
    24 hours should be enough =)

    tell us how it went!

  6. 6. CITHB69
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    FINISHED! next step …
    FINISHED! next step, putting on the strings and testing it. How long should i wait before playing?

  7. 7. CITHB69
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I just got all the …
    I just got all the material and got the the same titebond glue from lowes. I’ll tell you how it went.

  8. 8. evanescence345
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    once u glue it its …
    once u glue it its like one solid piece again. so its like it never broke

  9. 9. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    No actually it …
    No actually it stays in tune better than my main guitar…. I’ve never really had to tune it. And I thought Epi tuners sucked XD I don’t know why everyone thinks the break makes a difference. It plays, sounds, tunes and *almost* looks exactly like a normal Epi les paul.

  10. 10. yumaokamoto
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    yea umm I’m scared …
    yea umm I’m scared of thr guitar untuning like everyday . does that happenes to yours?

  11. 11. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    It’s definetly not …
    It’s definetly not going to break. It doesn’t make any sense that it would break a year later.

    I suggest you do a bit more research =)

  12. 12. OS4M4BINH1D1N
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Good until it …
    Good until it breaks a year later.

  13. 13. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I think the …
    I think the Titebond would be fine - just buy some good clamps! (Mine are lousy but it still worked but don’t follow my bad example!)

    Also, if its cracked almost all the way, some luthiers just recommend cracking it the rest of the way through, making the repair easier.

    If you’re purposely buying a cracked guitar, make sure to buy it in person not off the internet. Pictures are not the way to go.

    You’re not being annoying! Posts like “does this actually work” are annoying, you’re fine.

  14. 14. coyotejack82
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    It’s making me post …
    It’s making me post in two posts, WAY too long.

    Anyway, currently I have an Epi Les Paul Standard that had a broken head and someone else fixed. It’s held up the two or so years I’ve had it and I just want to try for myself.

  15. 15. coyotejack82
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Ok, I know I’m …
    Ok, I know I’m being annoying now, sorry. If the head was cracked, not completely broken off, would the titebond flow into the crack and make an effective seal, or would the hide glue then be the way to go?

    Just looking at a lot of guitars that need repaired thinking of getting one and the cracked ones seem like theyd be easier to fix.

  16. 16. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Well, to be honest, …
    Well, to be honest, I’m sure hide glue is stronger. However, it’s REALLY hard to work with (you have to heat it up I believe and everything) and Titebond is as easy to use as Elmers and is really cheap (I spent less than 3 bucks on my bottle). The Titebond WORKED, so if I were to do it again, I would continue to use Titebond.

  17. 17. coyotejack82
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I’ve read on a lot …
    I’ve read on a lot of sites that you should use hide glue, and on others they do as you did, used Titebond. What’s the advantage of one over the other?

  18. 18. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    yep. worked …
    yep. worked perfectly :)

  19. 19. MrSquirrelsy
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    does this actually …
    does this actually work

  20. 20. OS4M4BINH1D1N
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    ok thanks
    ok thanks

  21. 21. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Yeah, sure. Google …
    Yeah, sure. Google around a little and you’ll find an answer quick, but I’ll help you out anyway.

    Basically, what you want to do is take a small amount of wood glue and put it in the hole. Then, take a toothpick as long as the depth of the hole and put it in. Let it dry and remove the excess toothpick/glue. Redrill the screw hole in the same spot and then put the screw + knob back in.

    Good luck :)

  22. 22. teenagexdeathxboy
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    ok idk if you would …
    ok idk if you would know an efficient way to do this but i have an epiphone les paul and the little knob that holds the strap came out and its stripped on the inside so i cant put it back it, like the screw seems to small because the wood got all hollowed out and lost its ridges for the screw, its the knob closest to the neck BTW. so id b really gratefull if u can help me out i have a show august 2nd i dont wanna b stuck using the old sg =/….

  23. 23. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Please read the …
    Please read the other comments. I went over this already :) Either way, the guitar works/looks great! I posted links to pictures in the video info.

  24. 24. emilyguitar2
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    it’s a neck through …
    it’s a neck through (or ‘one big piece’ as you call it).

  25. 25. OS4M4BINH1D1N
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    can you buy a …
    can you buy a replacement neck and put it on or is it one big piece

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