When staples and duct tape just won’t work…

We’ve all seen it. That helpless feeling when you watch a guitar fall in slow motion from where it was left leaning against a chair, an amp or other precarious spot.  Usually you’re just left with a ding or other mild wound. This guy, however, landed right on it’s back with the headstock absorbing the impact. 

But there’s always a silver lining. First off, it’s a super clean break. Second, it doesn’t go all the way through the front needing more extensive finish repair. Third, the offending break happens right in the darkest portion of the fade that covers the scarf joint.  This will make the touch-up almost invisible and still look factory original. Definitely a plus. And fourth, well, I don’t have a fourth. But it’ll all work out in the end. Promise. 

After cleaning the break of any debris and loose fibers, we glue and clamp.

Next we boil the entire guitar in 3 quarts of salted water.  No wait, that’s Becky’s lasagna recipe. Next we wet sand the surrounding area smooth down to 1200 grit.

Next we tape off the binding, logo and any other areas we don’t want to get sprayed and apply a coat of sealer followed by a few passes of tinted lacquer.  After another round of sanding we apply a few coats of clear and…

There we go. No worse for the wear, this Ibanez lives again, ready to bore his friends with stories of how he got his headstock repaired in the summer of 2010.

Thanks to our old friend Ross for letting us do this repair for you.


2 Responses to “When staples and duct tape just won’t work…”

  1. Beautiful repair! Really enjoy this blog. Guess that makes me a bit of a gear geek . . . but I can live with that.

  2. Riveting, absolutely riveting………but now I’m hungry for lasagna.

    Beautiful work as always, I wouldn’t trust my guitars with anyone else!!!

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