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    Just Discovered this
    Not sure what to do about it
    To me it doesn’t look like a crack looks like it’s an manufactured neck extension

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    Neck movement. Not sure what the neck joint is there, but it's either loose or failing (or both).

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    Yes, on solid body electrics with a set neck. A lot going on there. The neck has come unglued from the pocket, pulled up and separated from the extension. I wonder if the neck was finished before being glued in and there is lacquer in the joint instead of a wood to wood joint. I don't know what the hole is in the body but your frets are in need of crowning.

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    It's the infamous "time to shop for a better mandolin" syndrome. Seriously Nev, if you're going to play mandolin, you need/deserve something better.

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    Appears to be a bolt-on neck joint? Might need to loosen strings, fill worn screw holes with toothpicks, dowels, glue -- then shim and tighten. You may need to glue fingerboard extension back down. Then adjust action.

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    Is this neck extension normal

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    Is it possible to get a full picture of the body?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    A good complete set of photos all round, back and front and also some less close up would almost certainly aid things. Give a better idea of the construction.

    But yes, neck extensions are quite normal. Others with more experience, preferably with more photos will be better placed than me to comment on whether yours is unsatisfactory.

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    Took a few pics before I read this post
    Can take more in a few days as I away from home for a few days
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    Looks to me a join not a crack

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    I know it’s just a cheap Instrument but would still like to have a go at repairing it

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    I see no reason why you wouldn't attempt the repair, you have very little to lose and a whole lot to gain. The value of the instrument is in your history with it and that's a personal value that can't really be put into numbers. I'm not surprised at how they built it actually, I am surprised it actually broke. It shouldn't have to bear any real pressure but it probably did. If the neck seats well into the body pocket I'd probably shave a bit off the bottom of the extension so it didn't even touch the top but that's just me. Good luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I see no reason why you wouldn't attempt the repair, you have very little to lose and a whole lot to gain. The value of the instrument is in your history with it and that's a personal value that can't really be put into numbers. I'm not surprised at how they built it actually, I am surprised it actually broke. It shouldn't have to bear any real pressure but it probably did. If the neck seats well into the body pocket I'd probably shave a bit off the bottom of the extension so it didn't even touch the top but that's just me. Good luck with it.
    As Mike suggests, taking some off of the bottom of the extension wouldn't hurt. It looks like the end of the fingerboard has come loose from the neck. Shouldn't be too hard to fix. Good luck!
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