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Catastrophically broke headstock on brand new fender neck. NOW WHAT??

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by nickTpostman, Jan 21, 2021.


  1. nickTpostman

    nickTpostman Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2020
    It’s beyond repair (or beyond my ability to repair.) the whole bass side of my Jazz Bass headstock popped right off while I was trying to set the bushings. Huge rookie move. Now I have this brand new j bass neck with a broken headstock and I have no clue what to do with it. Trash it? Turn it into some other type of project? All suggestions welcomed.
     
  2. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Pictures.
     
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  3. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Pics!?
    Wood glue and clamp it up.
     
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  4. nickTpostman

    nickTpostman Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2020
    It’s unfortunately beyond that. It split and splintered catastrophically. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. Bushings were tight but I didn’t think they were THAT tight. Headless conversion? Maybe someone else has a project and can use this? I really hate just tossing it but, man...it’s trashed.

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  5. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Ouch!
    I'd still try to glue it! Maybe paint the headstock face and veneer the rear if it's not too pretty. Maybe attach a new headstock with a scarf joint?
     
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  6. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Oh my. Well, anything is fixable, but that would need some experienced help. I'm sure the guy that put Jaco's bass back together could work a similar miracle.

    If it were mine, I'd consider it ready for the trash pile.
     
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  7. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    One person's trash...
    What do you want for it? :D

    Before you do anything rash, I'd patiently await the luthiers.
     
  8. Cut the middle

    Cut the middle

    Apr 17, 2020
    dang man, so sorry. A good caulker can fix that!
     
  9. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Catastrophically broke headstock on brand new fender neck. NOW WHAT??

    Wait, it's new? Return it.
     
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  10. nickTpostman

    nickTpostman Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2020

    Just bought it brand new the other day lol. I’d rather someone get use out of it rather than seeing it take up space in a trash bin.
     
  11. nickTpostman

    nickTpostman Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2020

    Is that even possible? I would venture to say it was definitely user error.
     
  12. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    "I was tuning the E string and suddenly..."
    Sorry, it was tongue-in-cheek. I'll see myself out. I truly am sorry to read of this happening to you. If you do decide to sell it and the missing bits, shoot me a PM!
     
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  13. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Leo would casually tell you to bin it and bolt on another.
     
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  14. nickTpostman

    nickTpostman Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2020

    That’s what I’m afraid of. So costly!
     
  15. If you were closer to me I’d offer to repair it for the challenge.

    Let’s say you’re so attached that it has to be repaired. I’d be making the longest diagonal cut across the length of the break and attaching a new piece so I could reshape the headstock. The existing piece and the new piece would be thinned down to accept a generous veneer in the rear to add strength to the joint. Maybe a thin veneer over the top too to cover the repair.
     
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  16. jeffmensch

    jeffmensch Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Orillia, Ontario
    Sorry to hear about your disaster. I vote headless conversion. When life gives you lemons...
     
  17. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    Netherlands
    I'd glue it. First the main piece. Source out the best glue you can find. Perhaps two component epoxy. Let it set under heat. Using lamps. You can use halogen big ones.
    Next larger splinters.

    Fit first.

    Sand it down well after. Enlarge those holes a bit and use the glue to set the bushings too.
    Next have paint mixed to match. Or mix yourself. I used model paints from my scale model to age my vintage style neck. Mix a bit of sand in with clear coat and spray on.

    I'm sure it can be fixed.

    Or as someone said. Play dumb return it.
     
  18. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    User error!!! Looks more like user rage... :nailbiting:
     
  19. nickTpostman

    nickTpostman Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2020
    It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve seen.
     
  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This. Save it for a headless conversion someday.
     
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