Taking necks off guitars

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  1. sjwieczorkow

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    My Esquire has the truss rod adjustment at the heel of the guitar. Luckily, I can just take the pickguard off to adjust since there is not a Neck pickup in the way of the screwdriver.

    My Strat has the adjustment at the butt end of the guitar too. So, I got some neck inserts from forum member Chet Johnson and now I can take the neck off and on as many times as I want as the seasons change for slight adjustments.
     
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    The great Joe Bonamassa says a similar thing about pulling necks in his nerdville YouTube tour.

    Well most of us don’t have the pleasure of buying a vintage guitar off the original owners with all paperwork and pics of it new with owner. We’re doing local deals and guitars shops that sell some shady gear.
     
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    If you are in the camp that removing necks is bad, don't buy a 22 fret telecaster. If you ever want to change your pick guard you will likely have to take the neck off, not always (depending on how the neck pickup route is), but likely.
    Personally, I don't see why a neck would be removed more than a handful of times throughout the life of a guitar. That's probably not enough to strip out the holes unless you're using an impact driver or something.
    If you do lot's of partscasters and tinkering like I do, switching necks and bodies from this guitar to that one, the neck holes can get loose over time. I just break a toothpick to the right length and drop in the neck screw hole and it tightens right back up. I'm talking about partscasters here, not guitars worth a lot of money.
     
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    The neck was designed to be removable- Leo would be disappointed if they weren’t taken apart from time to time.
    Some sensitivity and decorum is necessary so as not to butcher the threads!
     
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    Changing strings causes wear as well. Best to avoid that. Not to mention - DON'T EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE IT OUT OF THE CASE AND PLAY IT!! It ruins many a guitar...
     
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    Ouch!
     
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    How does he know what his tech does when he is not looking?
     
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    Some people never learned righty-tighty and lefty-loosy, or is it the other way around? I forget...
     
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    The statement should be learn how to do what you need to do properly.

    The only reason I buy guitars that aren't set neck is so I can swap stuff at will.

    I have never once stripped a thread.
     
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    TMI :lol: .............
     
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    I read a story once I think about James Burton and he'd travel with his Tele because he had to have that Tele with that neck he loved. After multi neck removals and re attachments he noticed things were getting, how shall I say a little sloppy. Sooooooooo he had threaded machine screw inserts installed in the neck heel and used machine screws going forward . I've removed dozens of necks of the the years and with common sense and the right tools it's not a big deal... at all
    Gary
     
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    Are you a collector or a player? Is the guitar something you're going to simply admire and look at and worry about it's collector's value, or are you going to actually play it and not worry about wear and tear? Some guitars you HAVE To take the neck off to adjust the truss rod. I use a pain lid opener to adjust the truss rods on most of my Fenders that have the adjustment at the heel, but some guitars (usually MIJ /CIJ Fenders) won't allow you to fit that paint lid opener in there and the neck has to be removed to adjust the relief.
     
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    This is exactly what I do, but I'd add that I think most folks try to put 100 ft/lbs of torque on neck screws. Snug is tight enough IMO.
     
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    I have never stripped the screw holes on a neck. Even if I did, it would be a simple fix involving CA (Superglue).
     
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    No doubt. I once played a guitar & then after that it was used. I tried & I tried, but it was never new again. On the next guitar I was very careful not to remove it from the case, only to find at the time of resale that it was still a used guitar somehow. Now I keep all my new guitars at the store. For the guitars that have already been removed from their original store safety shell, I remove & or replace however many parts I feel are needed because...........it's my guitar & I want to.
     
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