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Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:19 am
by Sheb Whitebred
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I just took delivery of an ebay find - an old Airline acoustic circa early 1960's. Fabulous condition except that the neck is bowed in a bit and there's no truss rod to adjust it. It's ok for slide, but I'd like to figure out some way to correct the bow - at least partially. I do not think it needs a neck reset, it just needs to have the bow in the neck straightened. I've read about having a neck press done and found online a photo of an old contraption devised for such work (see photo). I am curious if anyone here is aware of some homegrown method of correcting a bowed neck. I was thinking of maybe wetting the neck, wrapping a heat blanket around it, and applying weight to counteract the bow. Before I attempt this, I thought I'd check around to see if anyone has an idea (besides taking it to a luthier, of course.) I do know a guy in my town who works on guitars and I'm going to check with him this weekend.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:55 am
by Sheb Whitebred
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Oops, meant to include a couple shots of the guits in my original post.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:00 pm
by Sheb Whitebred
Okay, disregard my question about pressing the neck back into shape. Local luthier says the neck relief is actually okay. What it needs is a neck reset. About $80 if the neck comes off easily, more if it doesn't.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:47 pm
by leftyguitarman
Sheb Whitebred wrote:Okay, disregard my question about pressing the neck back into shape. Local luthier says the neck relief is actually okay. What it needs is a neck reset. About $80 if the neck comes off easily, more if it doesn't.


Only $80!? I thought it would cost way more than that. My first guitar, an old Hofner Classical has a really bad bow in the neck and no truss rod. If it only costs $80 or so I might take mine to a luthier and have it fixed.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:00 am
by Sheb Whitebred
Lefty,
That's 80 bucks if the neck comes off easily. More if it doesn't. Also, that's 80 bucks in my town, at my local shop. I suppose living in podunkville has a few advantages. Would probably cost a bit more in Phoenix.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:19 pm
by leftyguitarman
I got in contact with a luthier over in Scottsdale about my guitar. He wants $400 for a neck reset and an extra $100 which they would probably say is needed. Looks to me like that guitar is just gonna sit and not get played.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:28 am
by Sheb Whitebred
Holy crap. It'd be cheaper to just send it to me/the shop I go to.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:12 pm
by leftyguitarman
Sheb Whitebred wrote:Holy crap. It'd be cheaper to just send it to me/the shop I go to.


Maybe. I bet if I did that they would look at it and then say it's going to cost $500. :lol:

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:40 pm
by Sheb Whitebred
Lefty,
If the neck is badly bowed, a neck reset isn't going to fix it. You would need to have the neck pressed through some heat/force method like the contraption I posted in my first post. The neck reset is for when string tension has pulled the entire neck upward, from the headstock. Take a look at it again and see if you can determine what is the problem. I was confused about the problem with my Airline. I thought the neck was bowed, but it's actually just pulled upward too far from string tension.
If you want, I'll ask my guy what he'd charge for a neck reset on your old Hofner.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:31 am
by leftyguitarman
It's bowed but only past the 4th fret. The first 4 frets the action is pretty low but the 5th through the 20th (or whatever the last one is) is terrible. I'll take some pictures and send them to you. Maybe you can give me a better idea.

Re: Anyone have a neck press solution?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:04 am
by cheap tequila
Hi Sheb.
More than 2 weeks old thread but this might be of interest. Wonder if Aria's agent in US is having this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6LRsI-o ... PL&index=6

Before going for a neck reset, ask your Luthier for this 2 options.
1.) Fretboard wedging.
http://frets.com/FRETSPages/Luthier/Tec ... wedge.html

2.) Shaving the bridge & re-rout saddle slot depth (if the bridge is thick enough)