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Intermediate Member
Username: harald_rost

Post Number: 108
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, December 18, 2005 - 11:55 pm:   Edit Post

What do you think. Is it possible to repair such a broken head so that the bass is playable like before?
Just curious.


BTW: No, it's not mine.
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 2187
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 12:07 am:   Edit Post

Hi Harald!
YEs I think it is very well possible!
Seen the major surgerey that has been accomplished to Mikes' "Wife" (huhuh THAT sounds weird) this must be possible also. Though I think the cut must be "replaced" on the neck part for stability.

Paul TBO
Username: bassfingers

Post Number: 13
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 4:32 am:   Edit Post

Hi Harald,
Some time ago I had a 6 string Warwick Thumb bass that suffered the same sort of injury.I sent it to the Bass Centre in London and they did an incredible job of repairing it.To be honest,I'd given up hope of ever using it again.
It looks like a bad break but I'd seek the opinion of a reputable luthier-"There's always hope!".
Best Wishes and Frohe Weihnachten!
Advanced Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 309
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:06 am:   Edit Post

that's a do it yourself job...just glue it, clamp it, & let it sit for a day then BINGO!!!
Advanced Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 310
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:13 am:   Edit Post

Here's the catch,,,,, a repair shop is going to do the (EXACT GLUE/CLAMP) & let it sit for two or three days and charge a sh%t load of cash for somthing a kid can do!.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2839
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Here is the repair to Mike's bass that Paul mentioned above.

While Keavin may be right, personally I think you would want to get an expert to do the work. I've seen basses on Ebay with headstock repairs that were done by "luthiers" that, while maybe they played fine, just didn't look good. If it were an Alembic, I would recommend having Alembic do the work, since I think that adds value to the bass that having such a repair done by others would not.
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 31
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 4:52 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, this can be fixed and with an experienced luthier will last a very long time. Maybe send it back to Warwick since you live in Germany. I always like taking/sending my gear to the manufacturer when I can. The manufactuer's know their stuff & it only makes sense to me to get it to the people that made it. If not I take it to my highly capable repairman.
Senior Member
Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 824
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 9:09 am:   Edit Post

I agree. Definitely should be fixed and used. An expert can do the most reliable and cosmetically-pleasing job. Or you could take your chances, glue it, clamp it straight and sand and touch up the finish later (perhaps the trickiest part of the job).

Many, many old Gibson mahogany necks have required headstock repairs like this. If done right, they play fine.

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