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 Post subject: superglued headstock
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:20 pm 
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Somebody gave me this seagull 12 string. The headstock had broken and was superglued back together. Any tips on how one would get it apart to reglue properly?


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 Post subject: Re: superglued headstock
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:37 pm 
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I'm not a repair guy so I won't have anything meaningful to advise. I'm curious though, it looks like it is holding under tension even though it the parts were not fitted back together properly. Is that correct or is it failing and pulling apart (creeping)?

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 Post subject: Re: superglued headstock
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If it's not coming apart, save yourself some trouble and leave it alone. Touch up the looks if you want, but if it's holding - don't bother. Wait until the joint fails, because cleaning up the joint is no fun.

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 Post subject: Re: superglued headstock
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:31 am 
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Chris Pile wrote:
If it's not coming apart, save yourself some trouble and leave it alone. Touch up the looks if you want, but if it's holding - don't bother. Wait until the joint fails, because cleaning up the joint is no fun.

I can attest to that. (No, don't ask)


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 Post subject: Re: superglued headstock
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Bryan Bear wrote:
I'm not a repair guy so I won't have anything meaningful to advise. I'm curious though, it looks like it is holding under tension even though it the parts were not fitted back together properly. Is that correct or is it failing and pulling apart (creeping)?


No it wasn't under tension, which as it turns out was the best way to get the headstock off. :D


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 Post subject: Re: superglued headstock
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:11 pm 
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Well there you go. . . Now comes the hard part.

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 Post subject: Re: superglued headstock
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I can't tell if you got it open or not - if not I would have just assumed the CA fix was OK and added a back strap to reinforce it. I would also replace the head plate. If you are going to do both, do one of them and redrill the tuner holes thru it, then do the other and drill. Otherwise it will be like trying to drill the holes in a swiss cheese sandwich.

Since Seagull uses bolt on necks I would take it off - much easier to work with.

I had a similar problem - a Guild 12 string repaired with epoxy that didn't completely cure. I cleaned it up as best I could, added a backstrap and spline and its two years and counting

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 Post subject: Re: superglued headstock
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Acetone will dissolve cured CA glue, correct?

It will also dissolve a number of finishes, so be careful. But it might be a helpful tool in this less-than-fun repair, repair.


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