Adventures in Custom Guitars

So today… my current project guitar (An old Epiphone SG) was hanging from the ceiling, patiently waiting for me to order my stains to finish her up when the hook i had put on her gave out and it fell a few feet to the ground.

i was in the process of making a bed, and heard the crash behind me. i looked down at the floor to see the neck of the guitar was completely separated from the body, definitely not what i had on the agenda for today…

I myself am a new luthier, self taught for the most part, and working on trial and error, and learning along the way. so i’ve done countless minor, day to day type repairs and setups, but a neck snapping is definitely not something i had under my belt.

I do remember from one of my main guitars (Early 2000’s Washburn custom, whose neck snapped after a strap gave in whilst i was trying to fix a defective amplifier) that i did not have a lot of time to salvage the guitar if at all possible. id like to thank a local luthier in the Hampton Roads area (I haven’t asked for permission to use his name, so we’ll call him ‘W’). W was the amazing luthier who fixed my guitar neck snapping (at the headstock) from being totally useless. he told me that there’s a small time frame before wood warps, and the repair becomes a lot more strenuous.

luckily in this situation, it is not a “hard to replace” situation. My SG, while my first electric, is not by any means used often, and thats part of the reason that it was selected to be the project guitar. so i grabbed her up, went to the garage, and got to trying to fit pieces together (this involved several trips back to my room to pick up miscellaneous pieces of neck and body) and she’s sitting now, drying. i will keep all updated, i remain optimistic, and hope that i am indeed capable of a good quality repair, to add to my repertoire.

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