Learn the hard way, glued neck to Box bottom, now needs removal, any ideas short of cutting/slicing out with flat thin bladed saw?

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Heat & a thin metal spatula? Maybe a pic would help?or try google?

Yes, post pics. There might be a hidden workaround you haven't noticed yet. 

What kind of glue?


I had to remove a fretboard glued to a neck with Titebond III. I heated up the glue joint using a propane camping heater. My best recollection is that it took about 8-10minutes of moving the neck forward and back in front of the heat source to soften the glue sufficiently to easily pull the fretboard away from the neck. Not shilling for these guys, but the propane heater head was from Harbor Freight, @ $40.00. Threads onto a portable bar-b-que tank, heats my garage up pretty well for git buildin' on 50 degree days. That's pretty cold for So. Cal and an old man. I suppose that any good, hot, safe heat source can resolve a glue removal issue.

If you don’t have access to a neck steamer then the next best thing is an adjustable heat gun. Heat it up till you can pry a thin spatula underneath & then just work it away from the box,PATIENTLY while heating the area you’re prying. takes a little time, so work slowly for the best results? Good luck 

Hi Brent, I would like to know what went wrong to be able to offer a reliable remedy. Like lll Grean said a photo would help. There could be an easier fix.

it would also help others avoid the mistake.


Glued the neck to Box bottom with supports then found out later the neck was too high for micro pup surface mount pu clearance.

Hi, thanks Brent. Would placing a suitable thickness wooden shim under the pickup work. It could hidden under pickup by being same size, or made a fancy feature piece if nice timber.


I need to lower the pickup, neck is too high. Considering mounting the pickup under the lid so maybe a flush fir on top using a cover

Before building any guitar, I recommend to figure out what scale you want. From there, planning the position of the neck and pickups would be a lot easier.

What I do, I have a 2x4 that acts as my mannequin of planning scales and positioning of bridge and pickups.  A scale length is measured from the nut to the bridge area.  Lets say you would like to build a 25" scale; then you would measure with a ruler, 25 inches from the bone nut to the bridge (or tail too if its a wraparound). That should give you a clearer idea where to go when building.

Hi again, sorry Brent I'm confused. If the neck is too high [which is normally referenced off the face of the top] that to me means the fingerboard is too high so the strings would also be too high. This would put the strings further away from the pickup I would have thought.

On the other side of the coin, if the neck is too low,- so that the fingerboard is level with or below the top of the box -  then the strings would also be too low and too close to the pickup. Like the man said earlier a picture is worth a thousand words.



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