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Old 06-24-2018, 10:12 AM
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Default Using a strap on a guitar with a neck/headstock repair

I've come into possession of a Seagull S6 Cedar. It has had a neck break, right below the headstock, repaired. The repair seems strong and the join looks clean; there's only the slightest feel of the seam under the hand.

I play outside and we generally have very hot and humid summer days. I'm already concerned about the reglued headstock holding up under the extreme conditions.

What about using a strap? Does anyone here use a strap with a repaired headstock? Do you you anchor the strap on the headstock or do you have a strap button on the heel?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:03 PM
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A good headstock repair should be stronger than the original wood IMHO.
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Old 06-26-2018, 06:24 AM
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IT sounds like it was done right and so you should not have to worry about it. If it does break it would have broken anyway. You have to consider that there is 140 pounds of string tension and all you are doing is holding up a 4 pound guitar.
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:41 AM
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Heat is the issue.

If it was repaired with aliphatic resin (Titebond) or polyvinyl (white glue) it may be vulnerable to joint separation in direct hot sun or in a hot parked car.

Other glues may be less likely to fail in high temps.

By the way, "stronger than the wood itself" is a common claim from glue marketers. Such claims can be substantiated by certain strength tests, while the glue might fail in others. Heat is a great example of this.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:38 AM
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Put the strap button on the heel. It is more functional (the guitar hangs better).
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Old 08-14-2018, 12:34 PM
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Good news - there actually is a strap button on the heel. I don't know if it's a factory feature or not, but it's there.

FYI I played an outdoor gig, three hours, in a combination of sun and shade, 85ish degrees. The Seagull held up fine.
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