Resetting neck

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  1. Darryl Fisher

    Darryl Fisher New Member

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    Hey, there!
    My family bestowed upon me an SG kit from StewMac. It's the one in my avatar..
    In attaching the neck, thoroughly checking to make sure it's straight, was surprised to find out the neck had shifted, tight as the clamps wete.
    I have run across many YouTube videos, most of them dealing with acoustics...
    I was wondering what you recommend for the SG. And can I merely soften the glue, reset and let dry?
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the glue. If it is hide glue you can soften it with heat. Other glues, not so much.
     
  3. Darryl Fisher

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    Titebond Original, as prescribed by the instructions, Don...heat gun?
    My neighbor loaned me his and on low setting the tenon started turning dark...
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Heat should soften it. But don't use a fierce heat that chars the wood. Moderate heat will do, but it needs to be there for a long time to penetrate the joint.
     
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    If you have electric baseboards in the house, it could do the trick.
     
  6. RW59

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    Pulling the neck might mess with the fretboard. If it's already fretted it might mess with the fretwork.

    How far off is it? If not too far, plugging the bridge and tailpiece holes and redrilling them to align with the neck could be easier and safer.
     
  7. Norton

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    steam and heat. without the steam you're going to get LUCKY to avoid tear out.
     
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  8. Darryl Fisher

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    radiator heat...buuut, not going to turn them on now, all do respect... great idea for winter work .
    Plugging/re-drill seams feasible...got a Flying V kit coming... wasn't looking close enough when I ordered it...no holes...
    Thanks for the "up" on the possible fingerboard issue...
    How far off is it? I did s test fit with tuners, strings, tailpiece and bridge (no studs). The bass E is very close to the edge at the 12th fret, falling off, higher up.
     
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    As Norton says. You need steam which means drilling into the neck joint to allow the steam to penetrate and only then will it release. There are any number of articles on YouTube showing you how to do it, but you might want to ask a Luthier how much he would charge first. Most are cheaper than you might think since the job's easy with the right equipment and know-how but a nightmare and instrument destroying if you don't know what you're doing.
     
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    That’s a great idea! Just pay to get the neck removed. Shouldn’t cost much at all. $75?
     

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