Would you buy a Les Paul with a repaired neck crack?

old mark

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I see several used Gibson Les Paul Standards on eBay that have repaired neck cracks, which I know is a fairly common occurrence with Gibson -and similar-guitars...you are asking for trouble if you lay one of these guitars flat on its back...it puts a lot of pressure on that neck/peg head area and it does not take much to crack it.

I certainly would want information on how the repair was done, and I'd want at least a few hundred bucks off the average price as well as zero other problems...but I'd consider it if it were a model /color/ that I really liked...
Of course, I'm talking about a PLAYER guitar, certainly there would be little collector interest...
What do you think?

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I did this very thing! The repair was/is solid, I had my tech check it out and he admitted it was a class repair.

There's no difference between the playability of my guitar and other LPs I've played, it's just a psychological stumbling block I guess.

But, of course, there are shit repairs and great repairs and it also depends on the nature of the repair- a "neck repair" covers a lot of ground :)
 

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I don't buy headstock repair guitars unless it is a real give away. I don't keep guitars forever and they are really hard to get rid of. Most of the repairs suck-( yes everyone is a luthier that fixed it)- especially the older ones. Considering the millions of LP's out there the number of headstock repairs is tiny. You just notice them more because they take longer to sell.
 

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I bought one in the 80's and it's still my favorite. It's all decked out out with midi internal and a custom finish. I'm not shure I could do that to a "clean" LP:naughty:
 

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If the repair was done right....and the guitar was priced right, really, really right on both accounts that is!
 

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I've seen repairs that were nearly undetectable. I would buy one of those if it was local and I could get it checked out. I would never buy one online.
 

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Not me. If the cause was grain runout and the wood was weak only the actual repaired joint itself would be strong. There'd always be a chance that another break could occur on either side of the repiar.
Why run the risk to save $300 - $400?
 

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In a word: No. Not a chance.

Well, four words in all, but....
 

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I had 2 reasons for asking:
1. Several years ago, I bought a 1990's Samick Artist Les Paul SG copy that has a neck crack near the body joint. It had been cracked for years-as have MANY older SG's-and it still is cracked, but it has not changed in the nearly 3 years that I own it...this leads me to reason
2. I just bought an Epiphone Dot that has a repaired surface crack near the headstock...it also has Gibson humbuckers (Same ones as in my Gibson LP Special) installed, along with a tusq nut and had a new fret job. It also comes with a high end hard shell case.Total waas $345.

I think it's a bargain, and it's even a different color (natural) than my OTHER Dot (black).

So, I guess the answer is ...WHATEVER...
Thanks.

ADDED: i once worked in a guitar shop-The owner played a Gibson 335, a very old one. A guy brought it into the shop with the neck broken in half and sold it for next to nothing. The owner repaired it and kept it for himself - probably still plays it almost 20 years later.
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Not only would I, I broke it a second time. :laugh2:
She's good as new! :thumb:

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my best guitar has a repaired headstock.

If it bothers you, move on. If it doesn't and the price is right, pick it up.
 

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