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Broken Gitane DG 255

Hi guys. I have the chance to buy a DG 255 for £200! Only problem is that the slotted headstock has split off. It looks like a fairly clean break, I'm thinking that a good glue and clamp will hold it? Does any one have any experience with a break like this?



  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 2,768

    Make sure all the pieces of wood are there. Even any little chips. Easier to glue the original pieces back in than to try to fit new ones. Should be fixable judging by the picture.

  • jonpowljonpowl Santa Cruz, CA✭✭✭ Dupont MD-100, Cigano GJ-10
    Posts: 554

    Personally, I would offer a whole lot less. I owned a DG-255, and while it was structurally sound, it had a real overtone problem. I like my Cigano Gj-10 a whole lot better.

  • edited August 2019 Posts: 1,117


    I just wouldn't. I understand wanting to find something that fits this style. I personally do not feel like these are worth it.

  • jeffmatzjeffmatz ChicagoNew
    Posts: 97


    That's a bad place for a break...gonna want a good pro repair done on that. Gonna cost as much as you're paying for the guitar. Suddenly not as good of a deal.

  • jbrojuniorjbrojunior New Yunzhi Archtop
    Posts: 8

    @jeffmatz I have got two quotes so far. One for £200-250 and one for £35. Not quite sure how that works out. The more expensive guy is probably the one I trust more with this type of repair...

  • BonesBones Moderator
    edited August 2019 Posts: 2,768

    How much is a used DG-255 without any issues worth? Take that number, subtract off the 250 for the repairs, divide by like 2 or 3 (I guess) since even if it is repaired it is flawed, and that's probably a good price???

    Jim KaznoskyBuco
  • everetteverett san francisco✭✭✭
    Posts: 87

    I would put some wood glue, and some wood screws and call it a day. It doesn't need to look pretty...just stay in tune and not fall apart!

  • guitarmikeguitarmike Montreal, Quebec✭✭ Old French Gypsy Guitar
    Posts: 60

    Wood glue, clamp, new strings, tuning, enjoy. In that particular order.

  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,383

    Trouble is, a repair job for this kind of “head” injury may not last forever... as my busted banjo could testify if it ever came out of the closet!

    jbro, if you are planning to keep this instrument forever, I would say NO, don’t buy it.

    But if you are looking for a beginner guitar which you can resell in the next few years, then YES, go ahead, assuming that the price is really good...

    I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

    If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.
  • crookedpinkycrookedpinky Glasgow✭✭✭✭ Alex Bishop D Hole, Anastasio, Godefroy Maruejouls
    Posts: 721

    I would buy it and, if it's a clean break, glue and clamp it using cascamite glue and then two short dowels at the ends of the broken section. For 200 quid I think it's not bad.

    Andrew Ulle
    always learning
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