I’m sure I’m not the first to have this happen. My beautiful Jaco custom fretless
Ugh, that sounds (and looks) horrible
Did you have it standing like you show in the first pic?? And then it slid… !?!
It looks actually a bit strange for the wood to crack where it did, doesn’t it?? Anyway, best of luck with the surgery! Fingers crossed!!
It seems super odd for the multipiece neck to break like that.
Cheers @joergkutter … I have no idea if it fell or whether it just “popped” … I haven’t used that bass in a while but grabbed it today to see what it sounded like with the POG. I have 2 kids… 3 and 7 yr old who always love to make noise on my guitars… not pointing fingers… Anyway, what’s done is done. No point looking back, only forward. Let’s hope it’s repairable. It was a very expensive bass
I know… unless it is just a racing stripe really
I’m an engineer … Looking at it, I would say the radius was too tight as they transitioned from the neck to headstock and that created what we would call a “stress raiser” . … Bad design.
but don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful bass and it sounds amazing so, like I said… fingers crossed
Yeah, I totally understand!
Is it neck-through?? Potentially makes it harder, but I am sure an experienced luthiers knows what can be done about this!!
Keep us posted!!
Bah, some wood glue and a couple screws…
Yes neck through… It was built for me by 2 Russian guys who were travelling through Melbourne, Australia. As you can see, the attention to detail was awesome. It has a Swamp Ash body, the pickups have little wooden covers, the Bridge is made of wood , the headstock is covered in birdseyes and even the ferrules for the 'though body strings" are made from wood. Like I said, it cost a bomb but it sounds and plays very, very nice and this is a real blow. Hopefully it can be repaired
It’s totally gorgeous.
That’s a pity, but no stress: It can be repaired. If you find any dent higher on the head, it’s an indication it has taken a fall. Which I suspect looking at the way the crack looks.
be sure to show us what it looks like after the fix. it really is beautiful, good luck.
That’s a real shame, @russki98 . . . .
Hope the surgery goes well . . .
Wooden dowels or splines, not screws @howard!
I was waiting for someone to be horrified by that
@Korrigan you got me on that first picture
LOL I love the first one… I’ll look around the guy’s workshop first to make sure he doesn’t have a staple gun
I’m a multi instrumentalist and in addition to the bass guitar, I play guitar, mandolin, ukulele (both soprano and bass uke) and banjo. My first thought when I saw the photo was, “Aha! That looks like a case of Gibson Head Stock-itis.
Gibson’s back-angled headstock is a well-known design flaw, especially in Les Paul, ES-335 and SG guitars. All it takes is one fall from grace or, in practical terms, a spill whether from a guitar stand or carelessly leaned-against an amp or wall to create the kind of injury in your photo.
The more common remedy in the inclusion of a volute on the back of the neck where the headstock meets the fretboard.
The additional neck-headstock stability, imbued by the volute, has been a subject of debate as the headstock can still crack or snap off after a nasty spill; yet the odds of such an injury are statistically reduced. Your bass appears to have something resembling a volute, although I’ve not seen one before that’s executed like the “volute” on your bass. The volute carve seems almost backwards. In any case a competent luthier or guitar/bass tech will have your baby back in fighting trim fairly soon.
The link below takes one to a page that offers a tidy summary about the guitar and bass guitar neck volute.