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Post by jamiedickson on Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:51 pm

I recently got mybseries 2 out of parent's loft after it being there for over 20 years. The neck is ruined. Where can I get a new neck? It was a great guitar and I want it to be great again. Please help. Cheers

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:44 pm

How is it ruined?   could it just need some truss rod adjustment ?
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Post by jamiedickson on Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:53 pm

There is a split just below the headstock and the fretboard has separated below the nut on either side. The split is quite nasty. I really need a new neck. It's a 24 fret neck.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:01 pm

That's a shame, these are great necks. 
is it beyond a glue and clamp job?
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Post by jamiedickson on Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:12 pm

Unfortunately not. I just confirmed it is a SP6II2. Need a new neck for sure.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:08 pm

I don't have a spare neck nut I do have a sp5112 I'm looking to move on (again) same blue as the one on the website here http://www.westoneguitars.net/guitars/spectrum-series/spectrum-series-ii/

It's a little battle scarred but nothing bad, the headstock had a split in the join which I glued/clamped and has been fine for years, new switches and a fret level and polish.
Plays well with a low action.
£120 posted, would this be of interest?
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Post by jamiedickson on Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:01 am

I'll think about it. I have another guitar that I play regularly. I might try and track down a similar neck.
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Post by Barry on Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:25 am

Hi jaimie
Damage at the head stock is not an unusual occurrence for "pointies", or Gibson style guitars.

These can look nasty, but as Sgt Vimes has already mentioned, almost all these splits are easily repairable with a good quality glue and clamping, and the resulting bond is greater than the original wood in that area.

If the wood is completely shattered then that could be a different situation but from what you've described that is not the case. And the playing area of the neck is untouched so would not affect player comfort.

I would seriously consider a repair, especially if you truly love the neck. It will be more satisfying than trying to find a proper replacement.

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Post by jamiedickson on Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:38 pm

The solit is just below the neck, running along the grain of the neck. I've been considering trying a repair. I think, though, it will be hard. Worth it, but hard
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Post by Barry on Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:34 pm

How about a picture or two so the choir can comment a bit more intelligently? Hairy & Wooly

A split with the grain is a good thing and should glue up nicely. It's much preferable to a break across the grain which can be very difficult to correct.

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Post by jamiedickson on Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:04 pm

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Post by Westbone on Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:32 pm

Not so bad, easy fix. 

Locking tuners 20 years back? Flash!

Have a look at these which are now fixed and you wouldn't even know.
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Post by corsair on Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:00 am

Crikey... they're a bit sad, Damian! Got a finished shot??

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Post by Westbone on Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:44 am

Photos of half finished necks.

All as smooth as!

Brown one has a clear coat as it needs a tinted lacquer.

Blue one has just a random blue 'ghost coat'.

Next time they're out I'll post some photos of the finished article.
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Post by Barry on Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:19 pm

Thanks for the pix. As Damian concurs this should be a simple repair.

You do not have any catastrophic damage there, just some fret board separation and a simple stress crack. The board can be re-glued and clamped, and the crack can be stabilized using some thin CA (super glue) which is "wicked" into the joint.

Take a look at Dan Erlewine's StewMac videos to get an idea of what's involved. Wink

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Post by corsair on Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:59 pm

Cheers, bloke - nice work!!

There you go, Jamie; have at it!!

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