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crack on my telecaster's maple fret board?

wonggei

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changing strings today i noticed that my telecaster maple fretboard has a crack from the 1 fret to the 3rd. You can barely feel it by touch, and it doesnt effect the playability in anyway.

Does this need to be repaired? or can it be left alone?

thanks in advance,
 

bob-i

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Is it a finish crack or into the wood? I wouldn't worry about a finish crack, but if it's into the wood I'd have it looked at.
 

wonggei

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Hi thanks for the response. How can you tell if it's a finish Check or crack? And do finish Checks run through the frets also?

Mines run parallel to the g string from the 1st feet to third
 

Beng2040

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It sounds like it might be in the wood. Good news is that it's fixable...bad news is that the fix is likely going to be expensive. I had a 70's Tele that had a horizontal neck crack on the first fret and the repair was over $200, but it was good as new after the fix.
 

bob-i

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Hi thanks for the response. How can you tell if it's a finish Check or crack? And do finish Checks run through the frets also?

Mines run parallel to the g string from the 1st feet to third
That's most likely into the wood. It's going to take some major work to fix. Personally I'd replace the neck.
 

wonggei

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thanks guys for the advice- i confirmed that it was a crack today! Will be buying a new neck today
 

dspellman

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Seriously? Check with a *good* tech first. If it's not affecting playability now, there's no big hurry, but it's likely that it can simply be filled with a low-viscosity CA glue that will stabilize it pretty much forever.
 

greeny

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Why get a new neck, if playability or tone is unaffected? Just leave it and you might find it's perfectly ok. If it gets worst of starts having any sort of impact then think about a neck change or repair
 

vanguard

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Seriously? Check with a *good* tech first. If it's not affecting playability now, there's no big hurry, but it's likely that it can simply be filled with a low-viscosity CA glue that will stabilize it pretty much forever.
this. let the CA glue wick into the wood and then clamp it for a day. done.
 

wonggei

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I'm going to swap out the neck for other reasons also- always wanted a fuller size neck, figure this is as good of an excuse as any.

Are fingerboard cracks generally expensive to repair? What goes into this kind of repair? I figured it was just a little glue to stablize, and touchup.

Thanks again,
 

DustyRhodesJr

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Seriously? Check with a *good* tech first. If it's not affecting playability now, there's no big hurry, but it's likely that it can simply be filled with a low-viscosity CA glue that will stabilize it pretty much forever.

Fixing it like this is the correct way and is considered a permanent repair.
 

jay42

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:agree

$200 is somehow not right...no details in that post of course. It may have included a complete refinish in gloss.

Assuming this is a real Fender one-piece w/skunk stripe neck, you should be able to fix it yourself for cheap, and start looking at replacement necks at your leisure.
 

Beng2040

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:agree

$200 is somehow not right...no details in that post of course. It may have included a complete refinish in gloss.

Assuming this is a real Fender one-piece w/skunk stripe neck, you should be able to fix it yourself for cheap, and start looking at replacement necks at your leisure.
Included a refinish on the fretboard. There you go...feel better now? :console
 






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