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Guitar People: Is this fixable?

My friend broke his Acoustic guitar (well, it fell) and he said that if I wanted it I could have it or he was just going to toss it. So, naturally I took it.
There used to be one good guitar store here in town, but it was bought out by some party company that does audio/video/lighting for events and they stopped doing guitar work :x
There's a Marshall's Music about 1/2 an hour away that I may take it to, but I wanted to see if it was fixable so I could do it myself and save myself the money.

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I was thinking along the lines of either wood glue, gorilla glue, or epoxy. There's also a bit of wood missing as seen in the last photo, not sure if that can be patched up with wood filler or glue. If not, I guess I can get a new neck? Not sure how much that runs for though.

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Re: Guitar People: Is this fixable?

Wood glue for the parts that fit together. You can fill the chipped-out sections with some false wood putty, then sand the whole surface smooth and apply fresh stain. It won't look perfect of course, but better than just glueing it together.

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Re: Guitar People: Is this fixable?

you can glue it, and it may work. or might be able to replace the neck. that isn't an option on most acoustics, but some do have bolt on necks. depends on what kind of guitar it is.
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http://www.instrumentpro.com/P-IBAEW...&kbid=1722
That's the guitar. It does look to have a bolt on neck, but I'm not sure. As long as I can make it playable and have it stay in tune, I'm happy. Aesthetically speaking, I could care less how it looks lol

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Re: Guitar People: Is this fixable?

Common problem with a tilt back head stock. Take to a guitar shop and it'll look like new and be stronger to boot. I've got 2 Gibson Les Pauls with the same issue. Both were fixed about 10 years ago and never a problem.

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Re: Guitar People: Is this fixable?

[quote author=HALOREALM link=topic=143340.msg3088239#msg3088239 date=1240872376]
Common problem with a tilt back head stock. Take to a guitar shop and it'll look like new and be stronger to boot. I've got 2 Gibson Les Pauls with the same issue. Both were fixed about 10 years ago and never a problem.
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how much do you think it will cost to do it? Do they reinforce it with dowels or anything like that?

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[quote author=HALOREALM link=topic=143340.msg3088239#msg3088239 date=1240872376]
Common problem with a tilt back head stock. Take to a guitar shop and it'll look like new and be stronger to boot. I've got 2 Gibson Les Pauls with the same issue. Both were fixed about 10 years ago and never a problem.
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how much do you think it will cost to do it? Do they reinforce it with dowels or anything like that?
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Sorry man I didn't see your post. It just depends on the guitar shop. Seems like I paid a couple hundred bucks but that was a long time ago. It could be more or less idk. Also, they had to match paint and all that crap on mine. You just have to ask yourself if it would be cost effective to fix it. Mine were $3000 plus guitars so I had no option but to fix them. Look around ebay or internet and see about how much your Ibanez is worth and then you'll know. As far as I know, mine were simply repaired with glue, sanded and finished. Believe it or not, both have been dropped off the stand since then and they are stronger than factory. Just make sure you get someone who knows what they are doing and see that its cost effective to fix.

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Re: Guitar People: Is this fixable?

The guitar itself is worth about 250$ online. If it costs more than 50-75$ to fix, I'm just going to do it myself with some wood glue and a lotta clamps haha. I could see how one would be willing to pay a lot to fix a $3k+ guitar. I just play casually for fun so my other guitar that I bought myself was only about 300$ and it came with a small amp. Thanks for the tips though.

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Re: Guitar People: Is this fixable?

You need the right glue. if you can get good grain contact between the broken pieces yellow carpenters glue will create a bond stronger than the rest of the wood. If there are great gaps, fill them afterward with a good epoxy. Get one that sets hard and is designed for bridging gaps. Also make sure it bonds to wood! Don't use Gorilla glue unless you can get a super-tight fit... it fails if there there are gaps.
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Is there a certain epoxy that I can get? I used to be an architecture major, so I used like 3 different kinds of epoxys to bond stuff, along with more glue than I've ever seen. Then again that was for models, not guitars that have tension on them. Maybe I'll get some recommendations from the guitar guy tomorrow. I'm really temped to fix it myself, but want to make sure I have the right materials.

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