just thought i would intro myself, say g'day, and i look forward to contributing, and mostly learning here!


I am a born tinkerer, my wife calls me TIM the toolman sometimes, just becase i cant leave things how they are suppose to be.


i have recently been drawn to guitar repairs, well because i play guitar, i like guitars, and i was given an acoustic guitar that a friend didn't use anymore, it has a bulging sound board behind the bridge, i have played it about as much as i am going to like that, and started dissmantling it, with the thought, i could learn from it, and maybe end up with a guitar that might play a little better than it does at the moment.

Anyhow, this guitar is a cheapo construction, it has a dowled on neck,of which i found out the hard way, but in the process i have learned how to remove frets, make a makeshift steamer, and found out that there are more neck joints than a bolt on or a dove tail.


I was in the process of looking for ways to fix this cheapo guitar, looking at new necks, looking at how i could re-attach this neck, when i came accross another guitar, a washburn electric acoustic, with a snapped off neck, anyway long story short, i bought it, very cheaply, it the hope i could repair the neck, and have myself a guitar i could use when i play out.


i will attach a photo, i dont actually have the guitar as yet, but was hoping for some constructive help as to the direction i should take in fixing this type of break.





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Hilight the repair area some what darker along with the heal area use some Mahogany Bill.'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
sorry bill, i'm not following what you are saying???
If i were doing a repair like this i would hide the repair by making the heal a little darker & the repaired section .You often do this on a new guitar anyway.Just add some Mahogany stain or and some black to the coulor you are useing.Bill.'''''''''''''''''''''
If I were doing this, I would be tempted to mask off the back of the head following the "V" shape at the base of the head, then spray the back of the head with black lacquer and leave the back of the neck alone.

It won't be accurate to the look of the guitar but it will unify the back of the head. A shaker can of black lacquer from your local hardware store will do it. Just make sure the masking tape it tight to the line you want and resist the impulse to spray it on in one thick coat.

hi all,
thought i would finalise this thread with a couple of final pics.
i would really like to thank everyone who helped me get this done, i feel a real sense of acheivement with this my first ever attempt at a guitar repair, it will not be my last,thats for sure.
thanks again.
lookout for my next repair coming up right after this one.
Primo Craftsmanship & documentation....wish I had it!
It looks very good. You seem to have the knack.

Here is an example of a backstrip I did on a 412 taylor, Frank guided me to this after looking at the carnage of the break...


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