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Unread 11-27-2011, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I see several used Gibson Les Paul Standards on eBay that have repaired neck cracks, which I know is a fairly common occurrence with Gibson -and similar-guitars...you are asking for trouble if you lay one of these guitars flat on its back...it puts a lot of pressure on that neck/peg head area and it does not take much to crack it.

I certainly would want information on how the repair was done, and I'd want at least a few hundred bucks off the average price as well as zero other problems...but I'd consider it if it were a model /color/ that I really liked...
Of course, I'm talking about a PLAYER guitar, certainly there would be little collector interest...
What do you think?

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Unread 11-27-2011, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I did this very thing! The repair was/is solid, I had my tech check it out and he admitted it was a class repair.

There's no difference between the playability of my guitar and other LPs I've played, it's just a psychological stumbling block I guess.

But, of course, there are **** repairs and great repairs and it also depends on the nature of the repair- a "neck repair" covers a lot of ground
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

If I cracked my Les Paul's headstock I would have it professionally repaired and live with it. I would not buy one that had been damaged unless I knew for sure the story behind it.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I don't buy headstock repair guitars unless it is a real give away. I don't keep guitars forever and they are really hard to get rid of. Most of the repairs suck-( yes everyone is a luthier that fixed it)- especially the older ones. Considering the millions of LP's out there the number of headstock repairs is tiny. You just notice them more because they take longer to sell.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

Yes, I would.

Especially if it is by someone that I trust, such as BCRGreg.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

No. I know me and it would just bug me all the time.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

In an instent, for the right price.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I bought one in the 80's and it's still my favorite. It's all decked out out with midi internal and a custom finish. I'm not shure I could do that to a "clean" LP
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

If the repair was done right....and the guitar was priced right, really, really right on both accounts that is!
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

Yes, even if it was still apart. For the right price, of course.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I'm with TKO.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

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No. I know me and it would just bug me all the time.


Yeah same here. Maybe if I was younger and had no money but I can afford it now so No Frekkin Way
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I've seen repairs that were nearly undetectable. I would buy one of those if it was local and I could get it checked out. I would never buy one online.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

Not me. If the cause was grain runout and the wood was weak only the actual repaired joint itself would be strong. There'd always be a chance that another break could occur on either side of the repiar.
Why run the risk to save $300 - $400?
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

In a word: No. Not a chance.

Well, four words in all, but....
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I had 2 reasons for asking:
1. Several years ago, I bought a 1990's Samick Artist Les Paul SG copy that has a neck crack near the body joint. It had been cracked for years-as have MANY older SG's-and it still is cracked, but it has not changed in the nearly 3 years that I own it...this leads me to reason
2. I just bought an Epiphone Dot that has a repaired surface crack near the headstock...it also has Gibson humbuckers (Same ones as in my Gibson LP Special) installed, along with a tusq nut and had a new fret job. It also comes with a high end hard shell case.Total waas $345.

I think it's a bargain, and it's even a different color (natural) than my OTHER Dot (black).

So, I guess the answer is ...WHATEVER...
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ADDED: i once worked in a guitar shop-The owner played a Gibson 335, a very old one. A guy brought it into the shop with the neck broken in half and sold it for next to nothing. The owner repaired it and kept it for himself - probably still plays it almost 20 years later.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

Not only would I, I broke it a second time.
She's good as new!

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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

my best guitar has a repaired headstock.

If it bothers you, move on. If it doesn't and the price is right, pick it up.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

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Not only would I, I broke it a second time.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

if the repair is good and the price is right
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

I did twice and totally regretted it both times and I got them for about one half the
value of the same guitar unbroken.
Selling them was a huge hassle, even though both were expertly repaired and nearly invisible. Both were high end Les Pauls (over $5000) so maybe that contributed to my
bad experience.
Never again at any price.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

If professionaly done yes. They often have a good price. I good deal for who want a player. If you would expect sell it someday than you must think twice.
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Re: Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

Only if the repair was done by Greg, Roman or Davenport.
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