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#1 User is offline   grommet 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:32 AM

Hi everyone,

I was hoping for some opinions. I broke the head stock on my J-45 when I fell recently. I shipped it off to Gibson and they're telling me it will be around $1100 to fix it. (It was a really bad break.)

Would you fix it, or would you just buy something new?

I can't decided. I would love some help.

Thank you!
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#2 User is offline   AngelDeVille 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:40 AM

I don't know how it could be $1100 to fix, but I'd get a second opinion.

If it were mine I'd have fixed it.
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#3 User is offline   charlie brown 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:51 AM

Gibson Repair and Restoration are NOT "Cheap!" They do excellent/awesome work, and it will be done right!
However, that quote is almost 1/2 the cost of a new "standard" J-45. It almost sounds more like the cost of
a total neck replacement, vs. just a head stock repair. But, IF you decide to go with them, they will do
it right, and the repair will be invisible!

Good Luck, on your decision!

CB
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Posted 25 July 2017 - 08:31 AM

The break is really bad.

Thanks for the input!
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Posted 25 July 2017 - 09:27 AM

Where are you located? One of us should be able to direct you to a good luthier that should do it for a fraction of that amount.
I recently took a mandolin of a friend that was split from above the nut to halfway down the neck to the luthier I use. It was barely noticeable when done and my friend said it plays better than before the break.
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#6 User is offline   grommet 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 12:13 PM

View PostDave F, on 25 July 2017 - 09:27 AM, said:

Where are you located? One of us should be able to direct you to a good luthier that should do it for a fraction of that amount.
I recently took a mandolin of a friend that was split from above the nut to halfway down the neck to the luthier I use. It was barely noticeable when done and my friend said it plays better than before the break.

I have the name of an excellent one where I'm at in Chicago. I was just lazy and sent it off.
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#7 User is online   Dave F 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:37 PM

Here's the mandolin I mentioned

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#8 User is offline   Pinch 

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 07:37 AM

Find a local luthier. $1100 to fix it is an outrage.
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 04:09 PM

Should it be a 1942 thru 1960 J 45, IMWO I'd fix it.
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Posted 07 August 2017 - 11:20 AM

View Postgrommet, on 25 July 2017 - 07:32 AM, said:

Hi everyone,

I was hoping for some opinions. I broke the head stock on my J-45 when I fell recently. I shipped it off to Gibson and they're telling me it will be around $1100 to fix it. (It was a really bad break.)

Would you fix it, or would you just buy something new?

I can't decided. I would love some help.

Thank you!


Pictures would be a great help..
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#11 User is offline   gregsguitars 

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 08:28 AM

Get it sent back and send it to a qualified luthier in your area for half of that at least....
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 05:02 AM

We would have to see some photos to get a better idea of what is involved, but that's does seem a lot for a neck repair. IME it doesn't really matter how bad the break was, a competent luthier could fix just about any neck break for 250~500. One thing on your side though is with Gibson doing it, the chances of it coming back with the fix 100% undetectable, is probably very high.

Any time you have a guitar shipped BACK to the builder for a repair, it's gonna cost-a-plenty for the fix, but it will most likely be done right
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:59 AM

Get thee to a luthier!
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Posted 31 July 2018 - 10:11 AM

View Postgrommet, on 25 July 2017 - 08:31 AM, said:

The break is really bad.

Thanks for the input!

Is there ever a good one?
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