advise needed on crack in neck

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mykelbass, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. mykelbass


    Oct 29, 2008
    I'm wondering on buying a Yamaha bb800 on ebay, which is for sale really cheap. But there is a tiny crack in the neck, near the headstock. See picures:
    Is there a need for repair ? If so would it be possible for a newbie to manage it ?
    All opinions is appreciated.

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  2. Maybe that's why it's cheap. It might cost you more to repair it - whether you do it yourself or let someone do it. I wouldn't take the chance.
  3. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Inactive

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
    dont buy it, its basically worthless with the crack, imo
  4. mykelbass


    Oct 29, 2008
    for your kind advises, I'll think i will let it go to somebody else.
  5. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2011
    Princeton NJ
    Owner - Kebo's Bass Works
    from your friendly neighborhood, shop owner, repair guy and magazine columnist - That is a HUGE repair...
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Thats not a tiny crack, thats a huge crack. If someone asked me to repair that I would tell them to invest in a new neck.
  7. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
  8. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    I have fixed such cracks with a hypodermic needle and superglue, but only on guitars that would never be touched again, like the glued heel of a cheap acoustic. Injecting glue here might seep into the truss rod cavity and impede the truss rod.

  9. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Replacing the neck on a Fender style instrument is a completely different scenario than a Yamaha. Finding one may be difficult, and having one built is probably not worth the cost.
  10. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Personally, I'd buy it and fix it. Someone else will, and will end up with a nice bass. A crack like that isn't that big a deal to repair.
  11. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Bruce is right. That is, if you are very handy, have the tools, and good hand skills.

    If not, you'll have to pay someone who has all of the above.
  12. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    And if you do that, you will need to analyze the cost of the bass plus the cost of repairs, and compare that to the cost of a good used example of the same to see if it is cost effective. I'll still pass.
  13. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    This would be what I'd do as well. Point is to know if crack is stable. In other words when neck is stressed and unstressed (as with strings) does that apparent crack open and close or does each side move independently at all? If not it may not be a huge crack at all and just a "mark". Fill with super glue and be on your way.

    On the other hand, if crack is real, then the "fix" is to pry it apart and force glue into the crack and then clamp it back together. Gorrilla glue is my favorite for this. (I"m still playing a cheapo reso guitar I broke then neck off and glued back on. Still works great) And of course after that you have to sand it all smooth and apply some new poly it it will have "mojo" in the fix.

    If you pay to have this done it will cost WAY too much and not be worth it. Buying a new neck is a fix to perfect without mojo but will cost some coin. It's mostly up to you.
  14. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I would not use gorilla glue for any instrument repair. It is hard to control, difficult to clean up after and frequently provides a poor bond. I spent over 20 hours picking gorilla glue out of an upright bass neck that had been "repaired" with gorilla glue. The repair failed even after the idiot reinforced the joints with screws.