- Jul 14, 2012
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I have had a Headstock break which I fixed myself (I am not a Luthier ) after researching methods and glues! My headstock break was a result of stupidly getting the guitar cord entangled with my foot after putting the guitar on a stand and walking away. It was not something that will just self destruct on it's own, it was carelessness on my part. That was seven years ago and it is still holding together today and you can't even see the crack repair. My grandson has the guitar now for the last 3 years. He is a teen in his Senior year of school. It is a Gibson LP Faded Cherry with HBs and plays and sounds GreatI don't have the best of the best, as it were, when it comes to my Les Paul Tribute. I've even heard it suggested that it's "not a real Gibson" ... for whatever reason. Still, it was the best I could afford, and it still is. I had to deliberate over every penny I spent, as many of us do. And, to be fair, I really do love this guitar.
I think that has a lot to do with where I find myself now. I have seen so many different sources (not all here to be sure) about Gibson guitars' neck breaks being pretty much a given, I find myself sort of in fear of actually using the guitar. I look at the the thin and fragile spot where the neck meets the headstock and feel overwhelmed by concerns over it snapping at any given moment for any given reason.
It is an admittedly psychological problem. I can't afford to replace my Les Paul, and the concern over losing it paralyzes me.
Has anyone else hit this sort of stalemate? If you have, how did you overcome the irrational part of the concern?
Suffice it to say, if you take care and don't expose it to carelessness it won't explode on you!