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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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#4 User is offline   grommet 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 08:31 AM

The break is really bad.

Thanks for the input!
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#5 User is offline   Dave F 

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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 offline   Dave F 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:37 PM

Here's the mandolin I mentioned

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'29 Uke1
'40's Banner J45
'53 ES 150
'94 Centennial 1934 Jumbo RI
'94 1933 Century of Progress
'04 Chet Atkins CG
'04 Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Duece
'07 J200 CUSTOM KOA
'07 CJ165 RW
'10 J45 Legend
'10 Jackson Browne
'11 Kristofferson SJ
'12 J200 Custom RW
'13 ES 175
'13 J185 Wildwood Modern Vintage
'13 LG-2 Banner RI (All Hog)
'14 F5L Fern Mandolin
'14 Stage Deluxe LTD
'14 1932 L00 RI
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#8 User is online   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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#9 User is offline   Martin 1940D28 

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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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