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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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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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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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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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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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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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Technically, the picture shows a "good"break; it's long, looks quite clean and there is a massive surface area for the glue to work on. I'd very comfortable fix this myself; just use good glue and lots of clamps then use super fine sand paper to clean up the lines of the break and re-polish. The break looks so clean that I'm sure it will not be obvious once repaired. There doesn't appear to be any missing chunks/splinters.

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