About to buy a 76' custom, advice needed

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  1. D.Vial

    D.Vial Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm about to buy a beautiful 1976 wine red custom. I'm a little concerned though, because the pancake seems to be separating (no a lot by any means), but you can even push it back if you apply a lot of pressure (it moves a little). Here's a pic of what I'm talking about.

    Should this be a deal breaker?

    Price is right btw.

    http://imgur.com/yLCzdUO
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    Many thanks for your help!!!
     
  2. Who

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    If "the price is right", than there is no "deal breaker."

    For me, the price would have to be pretty low. By "pretty low", I mean no other issues, guitar looks good from the front, and cost sub-$700.
     
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    If its priced appropriately for the repair it will need then get it.
     
  4. Who

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    The problem is nothing some thinned Titebond, and deck-screws can't handle. ;)


    My concern would be..... since this isn't happening often (we'd see threads if it were)....why did it happen to this guitar?
     
  5. Jeremiah

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    you don't think some jackwagon could have run a screwdriver or razor through the separation to make it more pronounced, do you? I mean why isn't the crease even?
     
  6. Who

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    I think we are looking at delamination on both the top and bottom of the inner thin layer of the body.

    I tried to mark it. In green, is the top of this layer. In blue, the bottom of the layer.

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    The damage of what you can see has to be tip-of-the-iceberg stuff.

    Is it a factory defect (bad batch of glue/not enough glue?). Is it a storage problem (water/humidity?) Would you ever be able to wick glue all the way down to good wood (no)?


    BUT, if it plays OK, and the price is low enough where you could EASILY flip it or part it out.... why not go for it? It's still a guitar.
     
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    Yeah she's a "player" grade instrument, not unlike a repaired headstock LP. You might be able to get it repaired and enjoy it for years, so if it's cheap enough, go for it! I wouldn't buy it to flip it - IMHO too much work and explaining to do to prospective buyers. Let us know how it works out.
     
  9. D.Vial

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    Ok guys, talked to my local luthier, it can be repaired, not the first time this happened to a pancake norlin, surely won't be the last.

    Suppostly this guitar used to belong to mike campbell, from tom petty's band, I can't confirm that though
     
  10. Who

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    Well... if Mike Campbell played it, that explains things. He used up all the good notes. The guitar couldn't handle it anymore.

    He's a great guitarist.


    If Mike played it live, you can find pics. Fretboard inlays are like fingerprints

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  11. HardCore Troubadour

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    better be in the $500-$700 price range.....
     
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    Wow...I have never seen that! :eek2:

    I agree HCT...$500 to $700.
     

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