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Gibson Les Paul Signature Bass Headstock Repair

Headstock repair

This early 70s Les Paul Signature had suffered a headstock break many years ago and had been left unrepaired.

I was told by the owner that it was this very bass that turned Peter Hook on to semi-acoustics!

Luckily the owner was careful to keep all the parts and I was able to restore the guitar to a playable condition

Les Paul Signature with headstock completely broken off

Les Paul Signature with headstock completely broken off

After careful checking of fit, I glued and clamped the heastock using perspex cauls so that (i) they would not adhere to the aliphatic resin adhesive and (ii) I could see how the joint was going together.

The headstock clamped

The headstock clamped

After a few days when the adhesive was dry and at full strength, I removed the clamp and cauls to reveal the repaired headstock. You can see that the repair is almost perfect without refinishing, but some chips of wood were missing from the face. These were filled with wood filler.

The cleaned up headstock

The cleaned up headstock

The owner was rightly anxious to retain the vintage patina of his guitar and saw the break as a “battle scar”. He asked that the finish was repaired with a light touch and here is the result:

The lightly refinished repair

The lightly refinished repair

I have repaired many, many headstocks, including the brand new Les Paul GT of Curtis Ward from Bring Me the Horizon.

3 Comments on “Gibson Les Paul Signature Bass Headstock Repair

  1. Could you possibly tell me how much this kind of repair costs if it’s done professionally?

    • It really depends on the type of break and the degree of finish repair required – could you email me a photo of the damage please?

  2. Hi there,

    I have a les paul junior special which has snapped at the joint where it meets the body. Is this repariable and if so could you estimate how much to fix.

    My email is billyukok@msn.com

    Many thanks,
    Gary

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