Or get a new Tribute, the necks are maple like Leo's..
After spending on a repair, the finished guitar will be worth half what an unbroken used guitar sells for.
Not many "whole neck replacements" repairs are out there. I'm sure someone has tried but most of the repairs are various means of splines. The problem is the serial number goes with the headstock not the body. A neck/body swap is still 'not original'='half price' like a repair or a refin -- it's a major operation that a future buyer won't take the risk on without cutting the price in half to make it more attractive.
One avenue is look on Stratosphere for a Gibson LP empty body husk and move all your hardware over to that. If you have a vintage LP then the decision is a lot more challenging. Then your hardware gets graded against the serial number on the donar neck+body. "Those are not the pickups that should be on that guitar, and the knobs are all wrong".
The shipper's insurance only covers the cost of repair, not the value loss. They do it so often, because of these guitars' construction design, they know what it should cost to repair and give you/the seller that range. You have to do the leg work in finding a guy to do the work.
Here is what is involved in the repair ... it's not cheap, what would you charge for the amount of time it takes to do the job? Factor in extra time to make any jigs. And the time of making mistakes along the way.
Another example with longer splines, in process.
Even after repairs ... the headstock can break again!
Shouldn't Gibson change the headstock to neck design and stop this madness? They make Epiphone guitars with most of the proper design changes to avoid the problem (scarf joint, lower headstock angle, shorter headstock, small truss route). If you do a 'broken guitar headstock' image search via google you'll see nearly all examples are Gibson models.
The seller is screwed. They will never buy another Gibson. You are unlikely to buy another Gibson and take this risk again. Every headstock break murders potential future sales of that brand with the parties involved, and yet Gibson seems adamant about 'this years reissue is even closer to the fragility of the 59s than ever before!'.
I would suggest returning the guitar, super sad for the seller but the cleanest for you, and getting an Epiphone, PRS, or Gretsch instead. Stick with 22 fret models (24s will sound like SGs) and if you swap pickups, put Gibson pickups and Gibson pots 'n caps as they are a system, to get the same tones. Or like half the Gibson buyers who want 'that classic tone!' immediately swap in sets of Seymour Duncan/etc aftermarket pickups -- the tone was in the logo not the pickups, apparently.
Good luck with the Gibson Headstock Drama.
So sorry that happened...what a rude awakening...Have heard of them, never seen one in person until today and I've bought and sold over a hundred guitars.
This arrived like this today.......
The seller and I are working something out, but need to wait 24hrs for the claim to be filed. What I'm looking for isn't blame right now.
It was fully insured. I'm wanting to know has anyone had this happen, how was the claim addressed, how long did it take, was the guitar repairable. etc....
What type of value hit would the guitar take. It was roughly $8K.
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its actually shipguitars.com as i just did a search...the thing i dont get is, they say i drop it off at ups, does ups repack it?i’ve had experience as a seller of an item the was destroyed by UPS in shipment. UPS was brutal about the claim process...
In looking for better options moving forward, I was turned on to Shippingguitars.com They are AWESOME, you get a discounted price up to begin with, and while they do use UPS for the actual shipping, they handle their own insurance claims and from what I’ve read and been told, they are very good about getting claims done easily and quickly. I highly recommend them.