Have you ever broken a Gibson neck/headstock? (Poll)

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Have you ever broken a Gibson neck?

  1. yes

    211 vote(s)
    22.6%
  2. No

    722 vote(s)
    77.4%
  1. kstrat62

    kstrat62 Supporting Member

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    My 72 deluxe suffered a broken headstock when I "sold" it back in 2004. FedEx was at fault and I got it back, refunded the buyer and FedEx payed for the repair. I'm very happy that I didn't end up selling it! The guy who repaired it told me there were 2 kinds of Les Pauls; ones that have had a break and those that haven't had one just yet!
     
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  2. CowTipton

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    Les Paul standard, SG standard, ES-335, and B-25 (from 1964)

    Never had a break.
     
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  3. JoeB63

    JoeB63 Supporting Member

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    Seems like the answer is a custom-shaped piece of memory foam under the headstock in the case. Sounds like a market opportunity.
     
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  4. Simon

    Simon Supporting Member

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    In 1992 I bought a new Les Paul Custom ($1200)
    I let my Buddy try It out, and then He knocked it off the stand and broke It.
    I had the same experience happen with a new Strat at a gig and the Strat didn't even go out of tune.
     
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  5. skydog

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    Can you elaborate on the second incident?
     
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  6. Gswearengin

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    I voted yes... I hope epiphone counts!

    I’ve broken the headstock on my casino 3 times in the last 25 years. The first repair was fantastic and, as the cliche goes, it came back better than before. After that I just went for quick and cheap...
     
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  7. Peteyvee

    Peteyvee Premium Platinum Member

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    No and in over 50 years of playing and having owned dozens of Gibsons, I've never broken one. Then again, I don't do stupid **** like lean them against amps or put them on cheeseball stands. I've only seen two beaks in all that time: one was my buddies 1970 SG which was broken (and poorly repaired) by a previous owner and the other was a 1984 Explorer that committed suicide when I worked at the original GC in Hollywood. It was across the street from where the current one is.

    I made this beautiful display with two JCM 800 full stacks and put three Explorers above them: a camouflage one, one painted like Old Glory and the third was painted like the British Union jack. The Union Jack (which was closest to Sunset Blvd.) leapt off the hangar in the middle of the night and when we opened in the morning there was a dent in floor and the hockey stick headstock was snapped off. Our best guess is that a really large truck must have driven by and vibrated it off the hangar.

    What was funny about it was that the manager made a sign that read "This guitar was sold without a case. Protect your investment." and parked it on a stand near the entrance.

    Man, we sold a ton of cases, some even without guitars. Every bottom feeder in town tried to buy that thing for nothing too. One clown offered $150 and I looked at him and said "So which pickup do you want to buy?" and walked away...
     
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  8. Ejphotos

    Ejphotos Supporting Member

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    Never broke one. I purchased my LP Studio with a headstock repair (although it was just a minor crack) that is rock solid and has been so for at least 15 years (since I've owned it...not sure how old the repair was at the time I bought it)
     
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  9. James824

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    I have owned and played many Gibson guitars since 1972.

    Never had any issues.
     
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  10. rmconner80

    rmconner80 Cantankerous Luddite Silver Supporting Member

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    I think an interesting poll would be how many Gibsons with broken headstocks had Grovers installed.

    The mass of those things is the difference between a break and no break on a lot of guitars, especially the 'in the case' types where the case tips over (not longways, but rather from a resting position on the ground).
     
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  11. hippieboy

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    I was just thinking about that too! #milliondollaridea

    Great story!!

    I've read some theories about grovers! so, maybe there's more than meets the eye!
     
  12. theRagman

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    Yeah, but it was my fault. I was setting up for a gig at this converted garage which had a concrete floor. Put my Gibson J30 acoustic on the guitar stand and made a careful, scrupulous search for loose cables, which make me very nervous. Somehow, I missed the one that was draped over my ankle--the one plugged into my guitar. Boom. Down went the guitar onto the concrete. Headstock snapped right off, held on only by the ebony veneer on the front.

    I finished the gig with a borrowed beater acoustic and basically sucked the whole time.

    The guitar was repaired and has functioned flawlessly for me every since...for about eighteen years.

    I have owned and gigged with four Les Pauls, one of which I've had for about twenty years and my dad had for twenty years before that, and never had a problem with any of them.
     
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  13. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    The jinx is on. I did not vote and won't tell my stories.
     
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  14. fjblair

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    Owned LP's since the 70's without snapping a neck. Actually never broken a neck on any guitar.
     
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    Ooops, I forgot about the '58 Flying V that this asshole I used to know bought from Nadine's Music in the early '70s. The story was that it had belonged to Joe Walsh, the headstock somehow was broken off (how do you do that with a V?) and Joe traded it for a couple of guitars.

    They fixed it and sold it to the asshole for $1200 which was a hell of a lot of money back then. '57 goldtops were going for $600. Anyway, it was real, played like a dream and sounded killer so I told the guy to never sell it because they only made about 80 of them. So what did the asshiole do? He didn't like the fact that it had a reoaired headstock (it was a good repair too), so sometime in the late '70s, he sold it for $3500. Thought he found a sucker...what an idiot.
     
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  17. c7sus

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    74 SG strap slipped off strap button. Guitar went down face first broke the neck from the pocket clean as could be.
     
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  18. orourke

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    Been playing (pretty aggressively) for 40+ years and never broke a Gibson. I’ve owned 2 LP’s and 2 SG’s. My first SG was a 1972 Norlin era and I might have broken that if not for that volute on the back of the headstock. I was a wild punk rock kid and I’m lucky that guitar is still functional.

    I have broken a PRS Studio (gig with a concrete floor changing guitars) and my friends Epi LP fell of a cheap guitar stand onto a concrete floor.

    Be careful around concrete floors.
     
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  19. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    A well repaired headstock doesn't scare me, it actually attracts me because I know it will likely be more stable and affordable for my pitiful budget.

    That V is out there for really crazy $ now...
     
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  20. otter5555

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    no but...i did get a STEAL at a friends pawn show. mid 80's les paul std. fell off the guitar stand and broke the head stock completely into. bought it for $150. took 2 hrs to fix it. played it for about 5 years and sold it for $500 :)
     
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