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Recently I noticed a crack on the neck of my 20 years old Ibanez RG. I'm not sure how it happened, I never knocked it over and never messed with the truss rod.

Days ago I was switching strings for a higher gauge but the tremolo springs were dead so the bridge went way up and I just bagged the guitar like that for maybe a day or two, until I got the new springs. A few days later I noticed these two cracks on the neck, just below the headstock. Could this have been created by the high action caused by the dead springs?

And is it worth trying to fix it? The cracks are too small to insert glue in them so I would have to clamp the neck. But clamping it enough to get the glue in there might increase the cracks even further, so I don't know if I should go for it or just ignore it and keep playing until it gets worse, and only then do something about it.

I know that taking it to a luthier is the most sensible thing to do but I'm not a very sensible person. Just enough to get this posted.

neck crack wt heck

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  • anything with a bolt on neck is not that hard to replace, I would consider replacing it myself as all you need to do is remove some screws. – Neil Meyer Feb 12 at 3:39
  • What the heck are 'dead springs'? – Tim Feb 12 at 8:01
  • @Tim springs that have lost their tension. – user3052948 Feb 12 at 18:56
  • @NeilMeyer my goal is to repair it, if worth it. Repaired broken headstocks can last a lifetime if done properly. Otherwise I'll just replace it. – user3052948 Feb 12 at 19:04
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    That just looks like grain to me. If you can touch it and feel the edge, sure, but with my eyes, I'm not seeing the problem. – Dave Jacoby Feb 12 at 19:34
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Ask your local luthier to be sure. Honestly, it's the best way.

By the picture, I can't tell what you're seeing as cracks. I am sure it's more obvious in person. I had an Ibanez acoustic with a Wizard neck and headstock that I tossed because the truss rod started cracking out the back of the neck, and that was very obvious to see

I guess the question is how nice an RG is it? The line goes from like $150 to $3000. I'm seeing replacement RG necks around $120, so it goes from it being cheaper to buy a new guitar than a new neck to bring perhaps a downgrade. Beyond that, there's whatever sentimental connection you have to your instrument.

Maybe, with more pictures, I could give better guidance, but really, all the answers can best be answered in the bench. Find a good repair shop and get an estimate. It's the best choice.

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