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Strain on a repaired broken headstock by using a capo?


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My 2001 j-45 which I bought used from the second owner came with a repaired broken headstock.

I've owned the guitar for a couple of years and the repair has been secure and stable, and has caused no problems.

However I have a gut feeling that using a capo, especially in the very lowest frets might be putting additional strain on the repair, and wondered if my fears are justified or not.

If anyone have any thoughts or insight, I'd appreciate hearing from them.

Please and thanks,

RBSinTo 

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Not any more, I would deduce, than playing barre chords, especially if you use it close to or directly on top of the fret.   Is the crack or break in a position that's sensitive to string pull directly, or is it more parallel to the neck?

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2 hours ago, RBSinTo said:

My 2001 j-45 which I bought used from the second owner came with a repaired broken headstock.

I've owned the guitar for a couple of years and the repair has been secure and stable, and has caused no problems.

However I have a gut feeling that using a capo, especially in the very lowest frets might be putting additional strain on the repair, and wondered if my fears are justified or not.

If anyone have any thoughts or insight, I'd appreciate hearing from them.

Please and thanks,

RBSinTo 

Robert I can't see why or how a capo would affect a properly fixed head break. It is said if done right it should be stronger than before the break. When capoing do you notice anything unusual?

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Thanks guys for the replies.

jedzep,

The crackline runs through the headstock face side through the two tuner peg holes closest to the neck, and along the opposite side a little closer to the neck

Chief,

 The repair was reasonably well done, (not invisable, but only noticeable when you look for it), and I  haven't seen or heard any problems when using a capo.

I only asked the question because it occurred to me when I put a capo on yesterday.

RBSinTo

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One of my Gibsons has had a repaired headstock for 16 years.    Be assured a capo should have no effect on a repaired headstock.  Also, as a prior poster pointed out, the repaired spot is now probably stronger because of the repair.  I know when the headstock repair in that guitar of mine was completed, the authorized Gibson repairman made the statement to me that the repaired spot is now stronger than it was before the headstock breakage, because of the repair.

Capo away!

QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff

 

 

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4 hours ago, QuestionMark said:

One of my Gibsons has had a repaired headstock for 16 years.    Be assured a capo should have no effect on a repaired headstock.  Also, as a prior poster pointed out, the repaired spot is now probably stronger because of the repair.  I know when the headstock repair in that guitar of mine was completed, the authorized Gibson repairman made the statement to me that the repaired spot is now stronger than it was before the headstock breakage, because of the repair.

Capo away!

QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff

 

 

QM.,

Thank you. 

Your comments put my mind at ease.

I won't worry about it any more, and will just continue to enjoy playing this guitar.

RBSinTo

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My 1974 J-50 developed a big crack where the neck joins the headstock, by 1980 is was basically un-playable. A couple years later I had it fixed by a little local shop, the repair wasn't pretty but it has held up through all kinds of abuse and playing for about 40 years with no problems.

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