This Gibson Les Paul Standard took a fall, sustaining multiple fractures along with a break at the headstock. This kind of break often requires a few steps to repair properly. First, I glue the break along the fingerboard where it's fractured. I prefer a quality hide glue, it is strong, easy to work with and does an excellent job. Where the fractures were too tight for the hide glue, I used Cyanoacrylate glue (super glue) to bond them. After that I move on to the main break at the headstock.
After the glue had time to set, I will touch-up the break area. The customer wanted to retain the worn look on the neck. So that meant, I needed to spray over the break, matching the transparent finish best I could. I start with sanding out the break line so it is smooth to the touch. It took more sanding than originally anticipated because so much finish was missing around the fractured area.
To build up the finish, I start with clear coat which also seals the wood grain, and it bonds to the existing finish. After that I build up the transparent cherry finish. It's near impossible to not make the existing finish darker but I found a good balance between the two. Airbrushing would be the choice in this case for finely touching up the exposed areas.
Once satisfied with the back, I need to turn it over and tackle the cracked veneer.
Just like the back, I sand out the clear coat until the blemishes are gone. Then I build up the clear coat again, then buff it out.