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    Headstock crack, opinions wanted

    I just picked up this silo special for a good price. After getting it today I see a crack on the back of the headstock. It looks like its been there awhile but it concerns me. Id like some opinions on it and some neck pocket cracks to. Thanks







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    Is that really a crack in the headstock? It extends beyond the finish on the back of the headstock, and sort of blends into the line of the wood grain. Can you feel it?

    The stress cracks in the body finish are a little larger than I'm using to seeing, though if that doesn't crack further you're good. Probably due to some trauma.

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    That looks like that autumn burst from GC we saw a few days back (??)
    I'm no expert, but it looks like it's been dropped to me. Hard to know the extent of the damage without a full takedown inspection.
    It can likely be repaired, but at what cost??
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    yeah, its the one from GC. Talked to the sales guy on the phone and he failed to mention the headstock crack. This thing looks like a road warrior. I'd bet it was someones main gigging guitar. I pulled the neck and its a 2001. it plays and sounds nice but that crack kind of sucks. I can feel it with my fingernail but it seems solid though.It doesn't look like it extends into the tuner hole. I wonder if it will get worse over time?



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    I'd say email those pics the EBMM customer service, see what they say.
    That big crack at the neck joint looks nasty to me.....
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    Some of what we're seeing there is certainly just finish cracking. I'm not too worried at all. But GC should absolutely have mentioned it though. I'd be be demanding a partial refund and then sending it to EBMM for refret and refinish.
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    I wondered who grabbed that one. The photos at GC looked like it needed some TLC, but that thing looks like it's seen some real abuse. I agree, I'd definitely take it up with GC for not including that in the posting.
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    Frets are in pretty good shape and the finish cracks around the neck pocket don't really concern me at all. I would guess it took a fall at some point. Thing plays and sounds great though. GC is not going to offer any partial refund. They say it was priced low because of the crack. Funny he only mentioned the neck pocket crack. I should have had them send me more pics but I trusted the guy. My fault but it is still a great guitar and make a nice companion to my axis. I cleaned her up and slapped on a new set of regular slinkys.

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    Still a beauty! Dribble some super glue in those cracks and rock n roll!
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    Looks awesome though....

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    I'll keep an eye on it and hope it doesn't get any worse. If it does I'll have it repaired. Even with her battles scars she is still an eye catcher in the right light.


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    That is a gorgeous finish.

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    That's a great looking guitar, especially with the black pickguard.

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    There's nothing to really drive a crack in the wood in that direction at the headstock other than some sort of thermal shock that may have just cracked the finish up there since the finish and wood don't expand/contract at the same rate. It would be surprising if that was really through the wood.
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