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Removing Neck from Body


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guitarcharlie

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PostPosted: 12/27/2007 at 12:21 PM    Post subject: Removing Neck from Body link

I have a Standard that has a really bad refin and I am having trouble removing the neck. The pickups and bridge are off already but the neck won't budge at this point. I suspect that the refin was done while the neck was still on the guitar and some of the new finish got in between aluminum pickup chassis and the koa. I assume the neck must come staight out like a drawer...is that correct? Is there any wiggle room to loosen this glue like finish?

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Kevin

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PostPosted: 12/27/2007 at 12:44 PM    Post subject: RE:Removing Neck from Body link

Thats a tough one. Ive seen people use hair dryers to expand the wood and remove parts on acoustics before and it works great, i just dont know if the aluminum would expand before the wood would. I think it will need to be warmed up some even if its in the sunlight, just dont over heat it as youll melt the glue holding the body together.

Id also try a dead blow hammer. Its a rubber hammer with lead pellets in it. You might be able to tap around the body and loosen it without hurting the finish. You can get these at any hardware store. they are really great for delicate things that need the shit knocked out of them.

They are usually a pretty tight fit to begin with, so this might be difficult-impossible. Good luck with it

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guitarcharlie

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PostPosted: 12/27/2007 at 1:16 PM    Post subject: RE:Removing Neck from Body link

Thanks Kevin...I will go get one of those hammers and borrow the wife's hairdyer. I love the way these guitars are assembled...really very ingenius.



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JohnBR

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PostPosted: 12/27/2007 at 6:35 PM    Post subject: RE:Removing Neck from Body link

GC- after you get all the hardware removed (make sure there are no screws on the side, holding the neck to the wood)...lay down on your bed, shoes off and put one foot on either horn. Pull as hard as you can. They can be stubborn, but once she moves a bit, it's easier each pull. Unless, like you say, they sprayed the insides (they did spray that part, but not with clearcoat and not with any thickness.
Try grabbing close to the body, and then if no luck, try the hammer, hitting it just below the fretboard.
I had one that took me a 1/2 hour to slide out and I thought it was glued originaly, and a second that came out, like you say, just like a drawer. Good luck.Let us know what happens.
-peace

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guitarcharlie

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PostPosted: 12/28/2007 at 2:09 AM    Post subject: RE:Removing Neck from Body link

HA HA thanks Dank..the image I have in my mind of that maneuver is pretty funny....but it sounds like it just might work! I will post action photos....just kidding, that might get me arrested.

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charlie

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PostPosted: 01/13/2008 at 7:35 PM    Post subject: RE:Removing Neck from Body link

SUCCESS!!!! I ended up soaking all along the joint between the aluminum and the koa body with liquid (not paste) paint remover. I let it soak down into those joints for about 15-20 minutes and then added more paint remover to the joint again. Then I used a modified version of the Dank bed technique. I sat on the second tread up on my basement stairs and leaned back on the stairs while I held the neck near the base where it connects to the body and I pushed down with my feet on the body horns while the body was resting lightly on the rug of the floor at the base of the stairs. (I didn't use the bed because the guitar was covered with dripping paint remover) I tried not to push too hard with my feet because i was afraid I might split the body in half! Anyway, the neck began to pull out VERY slow but steady. This Bean has a very tight fit and the gummy old paint was adding to the problem. Finally the neck came out of the slot and after some more careful stripping (no sanding) I will be ready to do a proper refin to the body. This will be a beauty when it is done. I was originally thinking a color finish, but the koa is really striking on this one, so I may just restore to a nice clear nitro laquer finish like it had originally. Thanks guys!

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