Neck Break, yes or no ?

gitman

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Here is a question to the luthiers : on this photo I see a jagged line in the finish which to me indicates a repaired break or fissure - what do YOU make of it ? Thanks for taking the time !
 

whoismarykelly

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On a 5 piece maple neck I doubt it. Probably just a ding and some finish checking. The finish color behind the first few frets is a little odd though. If it was a headstock break and partial refinish I would be surprised.
 

MikeMcK

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I'm no luthier, but if it was me I'd try to find out whether that "stinger" paint job was common on that model from the factory. I remember reading that Gibson sometimes did that to hide things like mineral streaks, but repair people sometimes did the same thing to hide neck repairs. Definitely makes it harder to tell, though.
 

lendryesky

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Full disclosure: I'm not a repairman nor a luthier (if you consider them different). Usually Gibson headstock breaks don't happen horizontally like that (I've never seen an exception) (If I'm looking at what you are). They usually go diagonally from the nut area on each side. Like I said though, there could be an exception. If you aren't having tuning problems, I'd have nothing to worry about, and like others mentioned, looks like crazing in the finish.
 

Laurent Brondel

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Probably not on a laminated maple neck, and as Walter points out, with such an old and brittle finish any crack or repair would show.
The black finish on the back of the peghead is common on vintage Gibson archtops, my '63 Barney Kessel has it, although it's a 1-piece mahogany neck. I believe the L5S had it too.
 

poolshark

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That stinger makes me suspicious, but I don't know that I have good reason. You could always hit the area with a UV light and see if you spot any discrepancies. As for the unlikelihood of laminate necks breaking, as much as I love that idea, Firebirds had 5-piece necks and a reputation for breaking just as bad as any.
 

walterw

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As for the unlikelihood of laminate necks breaking, as much as I love that idea, Firebirds had 5-piece necks and a reputation for breaking just as bad as any.
the key word is not "laminate" but "maple".

'bird necks were still mahogany, and with huge angled headstocks.
 

mc5nrg

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The most common cause of 60s reverse Firebird neck breaks was the banjo tuners resting on the botom of the case. By my count the necks are 9 piece laminate of mahogany with walnut.

Regarding the op, close in hand inspection is what you need.
 

gitman

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the owner insists that it's just finish crazing, takes my asking as a personal insult but won't supply a better photo so I'll stay away from that one....
 




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