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Epihone Nighthawk - Broken neck - Help I tried to fixit but tuning is lost after 8th fret

#1 User is offline   Pulpoensalsa 

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 06:34 AM

Hi guys,

I had a car accident some years ago and my fantastic Epiphone Nighthawk was broken: the neck split in two pieces. I tried to fix it for myself but the tunning is lost after 8th fred. Anyway the work to join/glue both parts wasn´t an "excelellent" job cause I am not an expert.

I am looking for ideas about how fix it.

I thought to buy a neck from another guitar that could be fit with my guitar.

Not sure if i should bring the guitar to one "guitar builder", maybe would be the best idea.

I really would like receive advice about how recover my guitar...


Excuse me for my english! and thanks in advance!!!

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 12:44 PM

Your Nighthawk has a set neck. Replacing the neck would require a very highly skilled guitar luthier. You may find that replacing the neck could be more expensive than acquiring a new Epiphone Nighthawk.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 11:35 AM

If you have one of the mid-late 90's Epiphone Nighthawks I'm pretty sure they were all bolt neck guitars. Finding a replacement neck might be a problem as many of them broke off at the headstock and owners were always looking for replacements. And because it's a 25.5" neck it's not easy to source an aftermarket neck. Fender necks won't fit because of neck pocket dimensions. But you can use an F neck if you plug the screw holes and re-drill them. There will be an open area around the sides of the pocket but the neck can be made to intonate.
You probably have a few more options;
Scour The Internet, leaving Wanted To Buy messages everyplace you go. What you are doing now.
Find someone willing to build you a replacement.
Build your own. Not a big deal if you are set up for it. But would cost a bit if you have to acquire all the tools necessary.

Probably your best option would be to watch for a used Nighthawk RI from the more recent run and replace the whole guitar. I know it's not the answer you are looking for, but it is probably the best solution. The RI guitars are generally better made than the earlier run and are setneck which some believe is better.
I own both versions and the newer ones are pretty damn nice guitars. I think you could find a used RI for about the same amount of cash as having someone build you a neck. And you could have a guitar to play while you keep looking for a replacement for the earlier model.

Sorry I don't have a better answer for you. But I have been down all of the above mentioned roads and this is the best I can offer.

Good luck
Doug

P.S. I like the pickups from the 90's better than the RI's. So if you get a new one you might want to swap them around.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:05 PM

View PostdReit1, on 15 January 2018 - 11:35 AM, said:

If you have one of the mid-late 90's Epiphone Nighthawks I'm pretty sure they were all bolt neck guitars. Finding a replacement neck might be a problem as many of them broke off at the headstock and owners were always looking for replacements. And because it's a 25.5" neck it's not easy to source an aftermarket neck. Fender necks won't fit because of neck pocket dimensions. But you can use an F neck if you plug the screw holes and re-drill them. There will be an open area around the sides of the pocket but the neck can be made to intonate.
You probably have a few more options;
Scour The Internet, leaving Wanted To Buy messages everyplace you go. What you are doing now.
Find someone willing to build you a replacement.
Build your own. Not a big deal if you are set up for it. But would cost a bit if you have to acquire all the tools necessary.

Probably your best option would be to watch for a used Nighthawk RI from the more recent run and replace the whole guitar. I know it's not the answer you are looking for, but it is probably the best solution. The RI guitars are generally better made than the earlier run and are setneck which some believe is better.
I own both versions and the newer ones are pretty damn nice guitars. I think you could find a used RI for about the same amount of cash as having someone build you a neck. And you could have a guitar to play while you keep looking for a replacement for the earlier model.

Sorry I don't have a better answer for you. But I have been down all of the above mentioned roads and this is the best I can offer.

Good luck
Doug

P.S. I like the pickups from the 90's better than the RI's. So if you get a new one you might want to swap them around.


I did not know about the mid 90's Epiphone Nighthawks with Bolt on necks.. If it is a 25.5" scale neck, like the current set neck Nighthawk? This would make it more difficult to find since most other Epiphone models use a 24.75" scale neck.. (measuring from the nut to the bridge) .. Finding a 25.5" scale bolt on would be more difficult, but they could be out there... some of the DIY custom builders might be able to help.. good luck..

here is a one from a china supplier on ebay its blank Gibson style 22 fret 25.5 scale..

https://www.ebay.com...w0AAOSw4PxaLLyo



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 02:21 PM

Since it was a car accident, maybe the insurance will cover it.

If not, then your far better off to buy a new one.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 12:23 AM

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