Fix a broken guitar neck?

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Probably the single most important sentence in this whole thread.
I've never seen a broken neck on any guitar that wasn't tensioned at the time.
(OK, apart from metallers trying to eat the things)
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Replace the neck. All fixed.

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GouldsofDerbyshire wrote:

Not so easy if it's not a bolt-on.
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Well, that's a tough spot for a break. BUT it is a fairly easy fix since most guitars are designed to allow for replacement. Still a luthier would be needed. There are adjustment issues that the average woodworker wouldn't be capable of making for playablity.
The neck is generally made up of a hardwood with a slot for the tensioning rod. On top of the neck is the fretboard covered with Frets. It's usually made from ebony and its playing surface is usually surfaced simular to a road with a slight rounding of the play surface. All the frets are also level. There is also the top nut (that piece that all the strings go across at the tunning end of the guitar.) And another one at the bottom of the guitar. These are used to establish the playing height of the guitar.
I would recommend getting the neck replaced because of the tension that is on the neck applied by the strings.
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This is a job for a pro, if it is not done properly the guitar will become largely unplayable.
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That's an easy and fairly successful fix. Happens a lot.
To satisfy your curiosity...
http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/neck_repair_broken.htm
Get a tech at your local guitar store or Guitar Center to fix it. Shouldn't be too expensive.
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Common break, weak spot from short grain. Leo Fender made a BIG improvement by not cranking the peghead back.
Fix is glue the break then insert a spline to reinforce after removing the fingerboard and peghead veneers using heat to break the hide glue. Pare the spline flush and reinstall the fingerboard and peghead head veneer, then repair the finish. If you want a playable instrument -- sharp glue joints along the edges of the fretboard are not kind to fingertips -- you'll pay a luthier the guitar's full value or more. Would be cheaper to buy a new neck, bolt on, hopefully, though installing a new dovetailed neck would still be easier than fixing a snapped peghead.
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You might find some inspiration here:
http://frets.com/FRETSPages/first.html http://frets.com/FRETSPages/pagelist.html#Luthier
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