2 January 2017

Thanks bro my neck is irreparable now?

There's a reason why manufacturer chooses a bolt-on,set neck or neck through design on some or all their guitars.Set neck and neck thru requires a higher degree of attention to the neck joint(once glued there's no going back) so that the nut/bridge/saddle/pivot  has the required room for height,intonation etc in which are part of the setup work or set it to where it needs to be.

On bolt-on neck and in most cases,there's a bit shimming needed to have it angled to where it's intended.The unit of angle is measured in degrees(using a protractor). I seldom use this mathematical approach.However this is a subjective matter depending on who's working on your guitar.My preferred angle is 16° or 17°  but ONLY WHEN POSSIBLE though anything from to 10° is good too when compared to Negative degrees angle.This is not a new thing in guitars manufacturing as it was introduced by the father of fast angled adjustment.Fender.Google the "Micro tilt" but personally I'm not fond of one screw does all method.

Those 2,3,4,5 or 6 screws used to attach the neck to the body are more than sufficient to hold the neck in tuned.The only thing that could destroy it if you use your guitar as a hammer on stage like those that did before or by a botched guitar making method..Another advantage of a bolt-on system is you could change it back to factory setup or your own.Think of the changeable angle as an extension that might improve your guitar play-ability.But don't treat it like one of the saddles screw at your bridge where you could play with it all day.You see that is metal to metal contact where no harm can be done,this is wood to metal.Fibre versus Ferous where one will give way to the other. The lesser you take it in and out the better.Experiment with one chosen angle and play your guitar for a few weeks then decide.

It is not advisable for one to even attempt to convert a bolt-on to a glued bolt-on to mimic the set neck system without fully understanding the concept or difference found in a naturally set neck design.One must be aware that once done it can never be undone.Generally speaking of course.

This is the third neck I came across that has its neck tight like it was glued to the pocket.
DO NOT GLUE YOUR BOLT-ON NECK unless you're sure about it.If you had ask someone to do it for you then bring to that someone and have him to do the setup.Ask him why he did it? What the logic behind it? By the way if you're not sure whether you're that tech that done this.Here's the serial number or what's left of it but provided you kept records of all your repairs.I just want to say this.You are that dumb fuck that didn't put any thoughts about neck angle before even thinking about the process! Malaysia boleh!

So dear players especially bolt-on guitar owners,please don't do this to your guitar.I doubt it'll improve the tone compared to before.

This Godin Multiac belongs to a reputable session guitar player.This writer has no bad assumption towards him but only writes about what he finds in all instrument he tries to repair.Just like the rest of his blogpost.

The question would be how do i know or even suspect this bolt-on was glued? I had tuned to pitch without its 4 bolt screws.The guitar plays normal but the neck is stuck tight,can't do any angle to it.

My question would be how do I take the neck out safely? Any luthiers out there willing to share?

Part II here


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