Can someone explain this?

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  1. sacizob

    sacizob Friend of Leo's

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    The following is from the questions page of the November 1993 issue of Guitar Player magazine.

    Question: The neck on my 1963 Stratocaster is too straight, even with the truss rod completely loose. Can this be a corrected?

    Answer: Guitars usually need some bow to play correctly. John Page of Fender Custom Shop informs us if no relief exists when the strings are brought up to pitch, the neck must be tightened to an overbow, then resanded and refretted. This is complex surgery: so consult a qualified repairperson.

    (Why resanded and refretted?)
     
  2. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    If you tighten it to the point of overbow and then re-sand and refret it, once you loosen the truss rod back up the fretboard will have the relief it needs.
     
  3. Peltogyne

    Peltogyne Tele-Afflicted

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    Cause you can't sand under a fret ;)

    Sometimes you can just overbow the neck and then file the frets, you get lower frets in the middle of the neck but it can work. I think a better way to deal with this is use the mild thermoplastic properties of the wood and heat and bend it.
     
  4. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Sand and re-fret a '62 strat? :eek: I wonder if they'd give the same advice today.

    Answer: Change those wimpy .09's for .11's! :D


    Man, I'd try a lot of different stuff before I'd have somebody do that to a vintage guitar neck.
     
  5. Ed Miller

    Ed Miller Tele-Meister

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    heat press.
     
  6. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Take the neck off and clamp it to a bench for a week forcing forward bow (relief) into it.
     
  7. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    My 68 tele bowed too much over the years - best solution is to use 10.5 or 11 - it pulls back to where it should be.
     
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  9. dadder

    dadder Tele-Meister

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    Nick JD is right here, just remember to slacken the truss rod nut right off before you clamp it. Never failed me yet.
     
  10. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Heat press first, yes!

    Last resort, the sanding, etc.

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