I’ve used and off-cut of maple fillet (slightly thinned) and stuck that to the router base a particular distance from the router bit. It’s a simple matter to trim that top fillet flush with the face of the neck. Guitar necks, especially on older guitars, can sometimes form a warp or twist from years of string tension while being stored in hot attics, closets or anywhere it gets hot enough to soften the glue under the fretboard. GMC Luthier Tools Specialise in High Quality Guitar Making & Fretting Tools. I reinstalled the truss rod and glued in the maple fillet over it. Thread starter Invertiguy; Start date Jun 12, 2014; I. Invertiguy Member. This is mainly one for the repairers and builders. So I need a neck reset. When I remove the guitar from the jig, this should give me a head-start towards ‘natural’ straightness. Ever hear someone say: "I'll do anything else with my guitar but I won't touch the truss rod."? I removed the fingerboard to access the neck face beneath and then removed the wood fillet keeping the truss rod in place. Carbon fibre neck reinforcement installed in Gibson ES-335 guitar. . Nothing much moving. While I’m confident that the newly curved truss rod will operate well, I want to give this neck every chance of remaining straight against string-tension. Wrap an old t-shirt or sheet over the neck of the guitar. That’s it for this one. Given the bow — and what this guitar’s been through — I’m going to add some additional reinforcement while I have the chance to do so easily. I strapped the guitar into the Erlewine Neck Jig and used it to pull and hold the neck in a straight position. It might take a few minutes to come through so, don't worry if it's not there immediately. NECKSTRAIGHTENING. Set it to medium and let it warm up while you prepare the guitar. Guitar neck bending machines are designed to apply heat and pressure simultaneously to correct neck bends, but they are expensive. Jun 12, 2014 #1 I've got an Ibanez S470 which I picked up from a pawn shop a few years ago. Simple mod to speed up working with the Erlewine Neck Jig. Taking no chances here. Heat-straightening necks is predicated on one of two notions: 1) that you can heat a piece of wood to the point that it goes limp and you can clamp it while it's in a more ideal state and then let it cool that way. This means I can glue in my new maple strips while the neck is ‘artificially’ held straight. They’re light and strong and work well. The Neck Angle Jig has become the industry standard in guitar building tools. Fret Crowning / Fret Dressing. I’ve roughly cut a piece of scrap pick guard material to the same footprint as the router base and double-stick taped it to the base. Guitar Workstation / Fret Press. On a regular, unbound, neck, the wood of the fingerboard runs from edge to edge along the neck. It’s composed of two pieces: 1) the base and 2) the sled. Cutting a truss rod channel into the fillet BEFORE installing. Installing carbon fibre neck reinforcements to correct problematic guitar neck. There’s a fair chance that adding that second maple fillet would give me an even closer result but I’m all about playing things safe on this repair. Don’t forget that our neck’s taken on quite a bow and I need to keep that in mind as I proceed. Guitar String Action & Neck Relief. The Edge vise is specifically designed to work with the jig, it also doubles as a end graft tool. It's not that scary. And, since I’m about to glue in the new bottom section of that maple fillet, let’s look at a little trick that might improve my chances of straightening this neck. You can read more in my, Like this? Then I shaped the bottom of the fillet to match the odd profile at the bottom of the channel. I can worry about finish on it later on because I’ll be touching up around the fingerboard too. With one fell swoop, I can correct the depth and shape of the existing channel and can make the truss rod more effective (which, in this case means 'actually works without bursting through the neck’). Turn on a clothes iron. I strapped the guitar into the Erlewine Neck Jig and used it to pull and hold the neck in a straight position. The truss rod channel on this Gibson ES-335 had been improperly cut. This way, it’s easy to get a clean, straight, and consistent cut. Like I said weeks ago, this neck-straightening thing can get pretty involved. Some additional strength, I think. This all contributes to everything staying that way after the guitar's removed from the jig. Another couple of days settling time before stringing up and we’re still looking good. Fretting / Fretwork Jig. I’m not happy with that truss rod channel. So, let’s fix the channel. Okay, so that was the easy part. Let’s catch up. Download Truss Rods Made Easy for free. I plan to cut an arc along the length of the fillet to establish a curved ‘bed’ for the reinstalled truss rod. I double-checked my fillet-bottom shape and glued it into the jigged straight neck. You'll want a flat and clear surface to work on while removing frets from the neck of... 2. The templates and accessories are sold separately. I thicknessed a piece of maple to fit the truss rod channel. The router will cut a nice new channel parallel to the truss rod channel. temporary routing jig to cut carbon fibre installation slots parallel to guitar neck truss rod. How to Fix a Warped Guitar Neck Step 1: Removing the Strings from the Fretboard. When I remove the guitar from the jig, this should give me a head-start towards ‘natural’ straightness. Warm up your iron and set it to its hottest setting. This means that the fret slots also run from edge to edge. Straightening a bowed neck. And dig, I did. Now you are ready to... 3. I left this insert fillet purposely high because I have a fiendish plan. Thanks a lot. When this wood fillet is inserted into the truss rod channel, I can slide it along the channel and guide the router. However, in order to comply with privacy regulations, I also need you to provide consent to store and process the information you've entered. Recommended thickness is 5/8” MDF. Set up two bench clamps approximately 12 inches apart. My former tech & fav builder, Eric Daw, pinupcustomguitars.com, has a heated neck straightening jig. Fixing the depth problem means installing a fillet of wood that will sit under the truss rod. Carbon fibre rods are a common method to add strength to guitar and bass necks. First order of business is to repair the damage caused when the truss rod broke through the rear of the neck. Check your inbox for an email for me—you'll need to confirm your subscription there. And there you go. After setting up the jig, I use a fretboard heat blanket to soften the glue under the fretboard... Centering under the lowest point of a warp with a threaded neck brace, I can level the neck to its original position with the truss rod loosened. What if I straightened the neck before I glued in these new fillets? The jig is built entirely from MDF. Made from Aluminum this jig allows for precise neck alignment and control giving you a perfect neck joint. Place an old T-shirt or sheet over the fretboard so that the heat doesn’t damage the finish. Since I haven’t filled the truss rod channel completely, I decide to make use of it to guide my router (Dremel tool mounted in a router base). Step 2: Taking the Frets off the Fretboard. The 3.2 x 8.2mm (.125” x .325”) size is good for adding a reinforcing strip along either side of the truss rod. Has a heated neck straightening jig behind it on this Gibson ES-335 had been cut. 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