A few months ago I purchased a damaged Gibson Triumph Recording bass with the hopes of putting it back to right as my second bass with some fun additions. The biggest issue was a neck break. If it could be easily repaired by my Luthier for $150 – $200 it was worth it. Any more than that it would be better for me to scrap it and recoup my money selling it off for parts.
After inspection by my Luthier, he indicated it had been poorly repaired several times before and was not worth repairing. He said he could make a back strap for it and replace the truss rod but no guarantees and a ticket of $500.
Another possibility would be for me to attempt to build a new neck for it. An intriguing option but one that is at the edge of my present abilities. I was about to list the parts when I ran across a Luthier on the web (see link below if so desired) who had overcome a similar situation by grafting a new head stock onto the original neck. It just so happens I have a 34 inch scale maple neck for a Les Paul bass from the 80’s. Save for the length and wood type it is almost a perfect match as to neck profile headstock shape and angle. Do you feel grafting this on to the old neck is an appropriate 4th option for me to pursue? http://chellee.com/site/1995_SG_Headstock.html