Neck joint crack in body

sumitagarwal

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So I've got my buddy's old 1990's Heritage and at some point he managed to crack the body at the neck joint and proceeded to leave it strung to tension with heavy strings in the case for years bordering on decades. As a medical student he couldn't afford to get it fixed so I've finally gotten it out of his hands.

The gap is really quite small and even at tension the guitar was close to stable. It's easy to compress it down to no gap, and visually I see no obvious problems to the neck other than a slightly strong concave bow.

Can I just try to inject Titebond into this and clamp it for 24 hours? What can I do?
 

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I think I would seek out professional help if I was you. I mean, for the guitar.
 

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I mean, on the surface, you can inject Titebond into the gap. The problem, more than likely however, is getting it all the way into the crack. Is it something you actually pull apart or are you just hoping it will penetrate? That crack is all the way to the tenon, and getting glue into the top of the body entrance to that mortise will probably not do much except cause that crack to run out around the glue. I mean if it's sat in his closet for years I suppose you can't make it any worse, but that won't be the best repair choice. I think it's actually a wood problem because I'm not seeing any external damage that would indicate a hard fall, but pics are deceiving.
 

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take a clamp and see if it will close up .
 

sumitagarwal

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With a tight gap am I maybe better off with CA glue instead of Titebond?
 

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Depends on a lot of things. Personally i would never use CA. I would rather thin the titebond with water. Again. It all depends on how that crack behaves. Good luck. Nice guitat
 

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