I have toured the country many times back and forth with traveling bands over the past 20 years. I have played on stages that seem to big for only four guys and I have played in churches that are too small to hold four guys and designed bass speaker cabinet design. Over the years, I feel that have seen it all. I’ve played with the best of the best musicians and have also shared the stage without he worst. I have played on a number of different guitars, basses and guar amps and bass cabinets, and have played many different types of music as well. I’ve traveled the countryside in pickup trucks and sometimes in double Decker buses. Of all these trips, each one is unique to its own and has remained memorable for the rest of my life. However, one particular situation has happened more than once and its problem that many guitarists have found themselves in on more than pone occasion. This situation is when you pull out you guitar from you gig bag only to find that the guitar neck is completely cracked. I can still remember the times when this happened and I can remember the first time I finally figured out a solution to this problem.
We had just pulled up to the venue where we ere go gin to play that night. I wanted to do a little practice before the gig, so I went into the trailer to pull out my guitar. When I pulled the guitar out of my gig bag, I saw the neck was completely cracked. Luckily, this was not a double neck guitar or that would have been another problem all together. This was a wooden guitar and the neck was completely cracked making it unplayable. All guitar necks are different. Some are made of more durable wood than others and may be able to take more tension. Even a bass guitar neck is made a little different. However, this particular guitar was not the very best and it cracked and I was only a few hours away from the gig.
I quickly took off all the strings and found a close by hardware store and bought some super glue. If this had been an electric guar neck, I would have bought another product, but the wood super glue seemed to fit my situation perfectly.
I got back to the van and drenched the guitar neck with the glue and applied press until it felt like the glue was dry. As I was doing this I could hear my drummer on his set and bass player jamming on his bass speaker cabinet and knew I need to fix this problem quickly. Once dry, I then restrung the guitar and was pleasantly surprised to find that the glue was in fact holding and the strings were staying in tune without a problem. I tuned up the strings and played a few songs and knew I could do the gig. I was saved by super glue and lived to experience this solution many more times.