Neck Repairs

Bowed Necks
A slight hollow bow to the neck of a guitar is a required state if the string is to vibrate freely and without fret rattle. However, too much hollow bow or conversely too much arched bow will have a direct and dramatic effect on the playability of an instrument.

If the undesired bowing can not be adjusted via the truss rod, the remedy would be to either hone out the frets around offending area or to defret the neck, plane flat the fingerboard and refret. Structurally speaking, most fingerboards will allow this procedure. However, there are certain exceptions: Maple necks, where the fingerboard is not a separate piece of material glued to the top of the neck or a veneered fingerboard, where the fingerboard is so thin so as not to allow this type of procedure.

Broken Necks and Headstocks

Stringed instruments, particularly acoustic instruments, can be delicate and fragile, some more so than others. Accidents do happen, especially when touring or performing on a regular basis.

One of the most vulnerable and fragile areas of the guitar is the peg-head or headstock. Splits and cracks can occur if the instrument is knocked or takes a tumble, and in the worse case scenario the head can snap off completely.

Depending on the type and quality of wood used in the making of the guitar, this type of damage can be repaired quite successfully. Sometimes hardwood inlays are needed to reinforcing the broken area. These are usually routed into the surface, trimmed and then relacquered, rendering the damage invisible.

Case Studies

Heritage H 535

Taylor Acoustic Repair

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Les Paul Headstock Repair

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