The fatal flaw in guitars with 45º angle headstock is the very thing we like about them most… the 45º angle. All too often, we rest our guitars against a couch, or our amp, you graze the body with your leg, or your dog comes bounding through the room or your toddler wonders what happens if they push it to the ground.
All of the above, actually were not a factor in this decapitation. This guitar just recently moved to Austin by plane, and the owner had no idea to loosen the strings before checking this as baggage. One would think, that by securing a guitar in a hard case would be enough to keep if safe, but not from the extremely cold temperatures at 7000′
Luckily, this was a fairly clean break, and after applying some glue and left clamped overnight, the headstock was back in-tact, and back to life.
Lastly, a little wood filler was used to fill in small areas along the break that were missing wood entirely, and then a few coats of black lacquer to cover the damage.
This Les Paul was back to rocking’ and rollin’ in the live music capital in no time.
This is my kind of project. I often have customers ask me what upgrades are the best bang for their buck to make a guitar they’re owned for years, new and exciting. Can you guess what my two recommendations are?
Bone, is a much more dense material than any stock plastic nut and yields a brighter sound, longer sustain and overall, nicer feel when picking strings.
Similar to the stock nut, stock pickups are anything but glamorous. They tend to sound… mass-produced, converter-belt manufactured and slightly dull. But this isn’t the kind of thing you notice until you’ve seen and listened to a higher quality pickup. Depending on what sound you’re after out of your guitar, several factors play into what voicing you need in a pickup. This ranges from the amount of copper winding inside the pickup to the type of magnet utilized. (Alnico II, Alnico V and Ceramic are the choices).
It was decided to install a set of Gibson ’57 Classic Humbuckers. After that, a piece of Canadian moose bone was carved and filed down and placed on the headstock. Lastly, a set of D’Addario XL’s were slapped on and this Epiphone Les Paul was transformed from good, to great.