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Neck Reset – Full Text

The call on the field is too much action at the 12th fret with insufficient saddle protruding from the bridge resulting in a 15-yard penalty and the guitar is ejected from the game. What a tough break Dan. everything was going so well to this point. Yes Bob I’ve seen this before, wait wait wait a minute, it looks as though the coach wants to challenge the play. This isn’t over yet. Dan this could be a definite deal-breaker, you’re right. At the very least this guitar is going to be out for the rest of the gig. And possibly for the season. Well, let’s see what the referee has decided.

Upon further, review the ruling on the field stands. This guitar definitely needs a neck reset. The challenging team will be charged to timeout. Please reset the game clock. What a setback Dan. this might even be the end of the road for this guitar. You’re right Bob. Unless a professional neck reset is done, this guitar won’t be getting back into the game anytime soon. Bob, a neck reset is needed when there is not enough bone saddle protruding from the bridge in order to allow the correct string height at the 12th fret. This is also known as action. The remedy is to remove the neck and adjust the neck angle. In the proper hands the rehabilitation time is minimal, and the guitar can get right back in the game. However, in the wrong hands one might try and cut course by adjusting the truss rod or even planing down the bridge. But isn’t that a violation of league rules Dan? Right you are Bob and it could certainly change things. Causing the guitar to have performance issues.

To remove the neck you first have to remove the fretboard, which means removing the frets. You can use a soldering iron to heat the fret. This helps loosen any glue that might be holding the threat in place. You can then use a set of cutters ground like the one shown here to remove the fret. You must be very careful removing the frets so that you don’t chip out the fretboard. That could mean more time away from the game. That’s a pretty cool trick Dan, can we see the replay? Sure look at that technique now that is something you don’t see every day. Depending on how your guitar was finished, you will need to score the finish where it meets the sides of the fretboard and also around the neck heel block or it meets the size of the guitar. This keeps the finish from cracking when removing the neck. Wait a minute, it looks like he’s putting his hand inside the guitar. Why would he need to do that? Well Bob, it appears that this is a bolt on neck. That should definitely help with this repair. But how will he remove the front board extension? It has to be glued down.

Well Dan it looks like he’s going to use the LMI fretboard extension heating blanket and thermal couple together with the LMI temperature controller to heat the fretboard extension. Definitely not this guy’s first trip to the rodeo. Bob this is another great tip, this coach is full of surprises. As the heating blanket heats the fretboard extension, it begins to soften the glue. You can then use a spatula to work under the edges of the fretboard extension separating it from the soundboard. This is a play that requires a lot of practice to execute well. If done properly it can easily get you a big-time game. If not it can result in a loss of yardage. Yeah no doubt the coach has rehearsed this play repeatedly in practice with members from his special teams unit. Well there you go, as you can see this coach knows how to call the plays. He must have known that the other team had lined up in a bolt on mortise and tenon defense instead of a dovetail. It makes all the difference when executing the neck removal play. And this play can be followed up with the sandpaper to 220 play.

Lightly run this around the edges to soften up the edges of the finish and keep them from chipping. It looks as though the coach has called for a timeout. Yes Bob this next play really requires some calculations to be effective. Notice that when placing a straight edge along the fretboard that it is below the bridge height. Ideally you want the straight edge to be flushed with the top of the bridge and then after the frets go in you’ll be a skosh above the bridge height. Every coach has his own measurement for the gap but this coach prefers about a sixteenth of an inch gap between the bottoms of the straight edge in the top of the bridge. How each coach achieves this gap is really the key to making this an effective play. Hey look at that Dan, the coach is going to send in his favorite chisel. He has been on the bench up to this point .only a true professional could come into the game like this with little or no warm-up. No doubt this play has been executed before and proven to be quite effective. Relieving the shoulder area of the joint right up to the line of scrimmage is going to make this plane easier to execute. Yes Bob but you have to be very careful to not get an offsides penalty while doing this. If the chisel penetrates past the line, then no doubt a flag will be thrown. Notice how the chisel is getting right up into the corners of the joint.

Let’s go down to the field and see if we can get a word with the coach to understand what he has in mind here. Coach can you please tell us why you decided to put the chisel in the game? Well the chisel relieves the shoulder area. I can then send in the hand plane and remove material from the lower end of the joint. This will allow the neck to sit at a slightly different angle giving us a skosh larger gap needed at the bridge. This should get us into the red zone. Thanks coach and good luck with the execution. Bob, the hand plane can be very aggressive. It has been called for unsportsmanlike conduct before so care must be used while he is in the game. Yes notice how he is only used around the edges of the play. Then the chisel comes back in to feather this angle right back into the top of the joint. Okay folks here we go, the players are lining up, the straight edge is in position and yes, it looks as though the coaches achieved the gap needed at the bridge location. Notice how it just sails over the top of the bridge. Now that was impressive. This play can now be followed up by a series of flossing plays. That is when sandpaper runs around the edges of the joint to get the exact neck to body fit with no gaps.

Once again though, care must be taken to not alter the neck angle or make it go off the center line. You’re right Bob but once again the coach is bringing a lot of experience to the table here and has run this place successfully many times before. With the neck bolted back on the body, let’s see that play again. Amazing, perfect execution, yes this could have easily turned into a punting play or even a turnover. Yes look at that. He was able to run straight up the middle without swinging the plane left or right of the center line. Now to glue the fretboard back onto the soundboard, you will need to remove the old glue.

You can then apply some glue and reattach the neck. Some strategic clamping will make sure the fretboard stays put. Then usually the coach follows up these plays with the CA and pipette play. This is to help fill the small hairline crack in the finish it makes for a seamless finish between the neck and body.

What a great game this has been Bob. Yes indeed, this coach was able to make his plays work, and now with some fret we could definitely see this team in the playoffs.