Just bought this broken headstock studio. Looking for a player and not super concerned about the cosmetics. As a novice should i attempt to repair this or should i send it somewhere? Any ideas on what this repair will cost if someone else does it?
I was thinking I would remove the tuners and see how close it was ... Then test a clamp. I was hoping I could find a cheap les Paul clamping jig but so far I haven't found anything.As to how much it would cost if someone else did it, I really can't say for sure, but imagine that just getting the headstock glued up would not be too prohibitive. Where it could get pricier is in the refinishing.
Something like this can be repaired to be virtually invisible. I've done at least one that most people would not notice unless they were told it was there. That means more than just a spot refinish, however - you have to do at least the whole neck.
One last point - I suggest strongly that you try not to work the crack back and forth to see how it fits. That tends to bend, distort and crush the fibres inside, making the surfaces less likely to mate well when gluing. It's best to leave it alone until you actually apply the glue and clamping pressure.
Thanks. Will review these threads.Do some searching here. There are some masters within the fold.
If you're not concerned with appearance, it might not be too bad. From looking at the pics my concern would be the crack that is perpendicular to the headstock face, but hasn't gone through the overlay completely. That may be tough to get glue into. Other than that, this looks similar to this one. Fixing a broken Gibson headstock - Strange Guitarworks
Here are some links from our own crew.
And for good measure I've attached a couple of shots of the simple jig I use and one in clamps. Remember, Titebond I is your friend.
Several people have mentioned titebond so thats what i will order.Without trying to sound nasty, general rule of thumb would be, if you have to ask whether you should try this repair or send it out, the answer is send it out.
I have to assume the $200 - $250 quotes include retouching the finish - if you just want a good solid glued repair, then I'd suspect you'd be looking at a lot less than that.
If you DO want to do the repair, read up as much as you can, be prepared, have everything you need at hand, do as many dry runs as you need to until you know you can make the join as good as possible and not panic in the process; professional repairers please chip in here, but don't even think about using hide glue; Franklin Titebond is the ONLY glue you should be contemplating for this repair - have a look on StewMac's website for tools, supplies and info - that is a rare pleasure in any case!
A Les Paul Studio is not an enormously expensive guitar, but still a good instrument, and deserves to be fixed properly.
Of course if you use epoxy and the headstock slips, or isn't positioned exactly, you're SOL. Even if you can heat it up enought to get the epoxy to release, it will have soaked into the wood and make any attempt at a reglue difficult, if not impossible. To say nothing about what that amount of heat will do to the surrounding finish.DIY. It's not difficult. I used 4000 PSI epoxy from the local hardware store on the last one I did (Loctite product, I think).
Epoxy is a terrible choice - at the very least it is utterly undoable if you screw it up, at the worst epoxy is simply a poor adherent for wood, sorry, you needed to do a bit more research before doing this - if it worked out fine, all good to you, if it hadn't your repair guy would have charged you double to undo what you had attempted before he/she could actually fix the break.DIY. It's not difficult. I used 4000 PSI epoxy from the local hardware store on the last one I did (Loctite product, I think). Blue tape around the crack so the epoxy doesn't get everywhere. Also, make sure you get the epoxy way up in to the crack with a toothpick or something. Clamp it, wipe off the squeeze out, and then use an exacto to gently scrape the sharp ridge when it dries. Then wet sand wit 600 grit or so.
The only reason you'd want to pay somebody to do that job is if they could make it perfect, as if it never happened. On a cheap guitar, this is totally unnecessary.