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    Default Resetting the neck of an old Gretsch soprano

    Hello, I don´t know exactly how to treat this (please see the pics). But the white greyish seems to both look and behave as cardboard
    If you have any advices I will most likely kindly accept them.

    The photos are supposed to show how bad the neck fits to the body. I fear a little I didn´t completely succeed in trying to do that.

    DSCI1007.jpgneck and body.jpg

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    Given what I see, I'd start at removing all the old glue then do what you have to, to acheive a proper fit and alignment to the sound board and bridge. Before gluing it all back up again.

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    Could anyone help me out with this, please?

    When resetting the neck I find two questions:
    When I look at the body it seems as though the side where the neck is supposed to be attached is slightly lose.
    It also seems as though if the scale length is too short.

    What could I fill the empty space with in the side where the neck is to be attached?
    When adjusting to proper scale length, is it better if I use a laminated wood then a solid that won´t be as stable?


    The area within the red "circle" is intended to show the hollow volume.
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    Regards
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    Looking at the evidence I'd say that neck has been off and on more than once and some one has been shimming with cardboard to reset the neck angle....If it was me I'd clean off all the glue down to bare wood trim round the void bit with a sharp tool and inlay it with a thin bit of wood .. Maybe add a bit of wood to the heel end of the neck then re-shape it to fit the body...glue the neck back on in line reglue the extension back on and fit a new fret... when that bit is done, then see what i could do about adjusting the bridge and saddle to get the scale right...But thats me

    As an afterthought ..I think i'd get rid of the dowel and make it a bolt on job.
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    Thanks for your responses, how about the idea to fill the void with some hard putty, like for instance chemical metal?

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    Not a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lauburu View Post
    Not a good idea.
    My Dad always said "If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well."
    Miguel
    That´s true. But why is it a better job to put the wooden piece there to fill up the empty space?
    If assuming the chemical metal is more stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henning View Post
    That´s true. But why is it a better job to put the wooden piece there to fill up the empty space?
    If assuming the chemical metal is more stable.

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    It is better because you can glue wood to wood, and that will be more stable. The glue you use for wood will bond to both pieces, where if you use metal, you now have to use a glue that will bond to both glue and metal, while under string tension.

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    Is this job done yet or what ..it's been on the go for 4 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    Is this job done yet or what ..it's been on the go for 4 months.
    Well, yepp, I have been busy doing other things and hesitating to start with this. Not exactly knowing how to adjust the surface mating to the neck. cheers!

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