bluenote23 wrote:I'm a real conservative buyer. I have never bought a guitar with a damaged neck though I have bought used guitars with 'issues' before.
If you play it and you know you'll keep it forever, then fine. But if you're not sure after playing it, just remember that when you want to try to sell it, you're going to encounter the same problems as the present seller faces trying to move a guitar with a repaired neck.
I'm the same. I have a LP Custom that came my way with a great/stable neck repair ... it doesn't even look that bad from a cosmetic perspective (it's been oversprayed and it's a clean repair) ... but if I sold it I would disclose it to a buyer even if they didn't notice it to be upfront about it. But when I bought it I did so thinking "I'll need to view this as a keeper" on the assumption that I would never be able to sell it. It's a 1988 too - but I still got it for less than the price of a second hand modern LP standard (much less...) - all because a lot of guys weren't prepared to take the 'risk' on a neck repair.
To me if it's done well and stable - no issue with it being repaired. But you will need to factor it in to the price. In my case that LP came my way for 1,000 bucks less than an undamaged example from the same year.
As for your Epi ... I haven't seen one of these before, but I did play a US made Sheraton (looked identical, but had a bigsby instead of a stop tail - factory fitted) and it was equal to anything that Gibson put out under their own name. I'm not sure of the year or run of that Epi I played ... but it had a nice neck (not skinny by any means, but not as much of a boat as the neck on my LP Custom, which is huge).