How to Repair a Damaged Neck on a Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar

Written by robert russell
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How to Repair a Damaged Neck on a Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar
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The most fragile part of an electric guitar is the neck; the most fragile part of the neck is where the neck and the guitar headstock meet. If a neck is broken or damaged, this is usually where it happens. You can generally repair a Gibson Les Paul custom guitar neck, although some cracks are more easily fixed than others. The actual repair will take about 30 minutes but the Gibson Les Paul should sit for 24 hours before you play it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Titebond glue
  • Clamps
  • Clean rags

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  1. 1

    Remove the strings and the guitar tuners. Remove the tuners with a Phillips-head screwdriver and keep the tuners and screws together in a bowl.

  2. 2

    Wrap the neck below the crack in newspaper and tape. This prevents unwanted glue from getting on the neck. Also tape the areas of the headstock above the crack.

  3. 3

    Apply a generous amount of glue to both sides of the crack. Professional instrument makers use Titebond Glue when constructing and repairing instruments. It is a strong resin adhesive. However, any good-quality wood glue will work.

  4. 4

    Press the crack together firmly. Enlisting a friend for an extra pair of hands helps.

  5. 5

    Secure the area with a clamp. Find the best position for the clamp where it provides the most tension to hold the neck and headstock together. Tighten the clamp until you see the glue oozing out from the crack. Wipe off excess glues with a damp rag.

  6. 6

    Attach one or more smaller clamps for extra strength. Wipe off the excess glue with the damp rag again. Leave the clamps on for at least 24 hours.

  7. 7

    Take off the clamps. Inspect the repair job. Make the crack and repair less visible with a touch-up paint job.

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