First You Cut Down a Tree... (part 19)

posted Jun 15, 2013, 8:31 PM by Hiram Philo   [ updated Jun 16, 2013, 12:10 PM ]
This blurry picture reveals a flaw which must be corrected. It's not the glue spots on the bridge. They scraped off easily. But, notice how the string on the far right lines up with the edge of the fret board, and the string on the far left is inset from the edge... someone put the neck on crooked. That person must not have payed attention to inadvertent changes he put in the lateral angle of the neck to the body as he made adjustments to the hight angle when working with the dovetail joint.

To repair the flaw, the neck had to be removed so the dovetail joint could be corrected. The following series of pictures were taken during this process. First I separated the fret board from  the guitar body with heat and a painters knife. Then I removed the fret overlying the dovetail joint, drilled through the fretboard in the fret slot, inserted a probe which was connected to a Mr. Coffee steamer, and injected steam into the joint as I forced the neck off with a screw clamp neck remover thingy.

Neck removal is dramatic as steam shoots out of the guitar and the joint pops apart. I tell people I exploded my guitar. The process worked. The neck went back on they way if should have in the first place and the guitar sounds great! The next entry will be the last in the series with lots of pictures of the final product.

To view this series from the first entry click: First You Cut Down A Tree
To view the last entry in this series click: First You Cut Down a Tree... (final entry)