Having the headstock snap off of a guitar is one of the most common forms of damage. It is often a result of whiplash. With the string tension already pulling on the headstock, it does not take a big hit to break it off of the guitar. At Reno Guitar Repair, we have quite a bit of experience with this. A clean break can be glued back together with no compromise to the structure of the neck. It is however important that we repair the crack before the surface gets dirty or oxidized. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it does make it a little more difficult to deal.
Exceptionally nasty breaks may require additional reinforcement, but a good portion of these will glue up solid with no need for any additional work.
Once the crack is aligned and glued, it is on to the finish touch up. This is often more difficult than the repair itself and can get costly if you want an invisible repair. This is something we will discuss with you, since each individual repair is different.
With a broken headstock you may only get one chance for a good solid repair. Many repairable instruments are ruined by well intended amateurs (and sometimes Pros), with improper glue choice or poor alignment. Once this occurs it is very difficult for us to redo the poor work.