Repair Of A Loose Guitar Neck And Lower Bridge

A loose guitar neck has been successfully, strongly, steadily and reliably repaired by carefully positioning a thin and long woodscrew. Machine screw can also be used.

Repair Of A Loose Guitar Neck And Lower Bridge
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A loose guitar neck has been successfully, strongly, steadily and reliably repaired by carefully positioning a thin and long woodscrew. Machine screw can also be used.

Abstract

The assembly of the guitar neck to the guitar body is very unstable considering the possibility for a hit and the constant pressure of the strings on the neck. A similar problem has steadily been rectified by a simple long woodscrew with an important preparation for this by drilling a hole with a specific diameter. Similar applies to the lower bridge of the guitar when originally glued. Glued bridges are unstable. Although woodscrews and a wooden plank instead of nuts can be used, machine screws and a wooden / metal / plastic plank inside the guitar body is preferable.

Description

The neck was glued to a plank inside the guitar body with the side veneer of the guitar body positioned between the neck butt and the plank. Screwing a woodscrew directly may break the notch of the neck butt or the whole neck butt. This is why a hole was drilled through the neck butt and the plank with an electric drill. The diameter of the hole was such as to allow for reliable support of the woodscrew but large enough to prevent breaking of the neck butt. As a rough guidance, the hole was similar to the diameter of the core of the woodscrew which is the diameter of the screw minus double the length of the woodscrew thread. Then the woodscrew was carefully screwed in the middle of the hole without bending. A thin woodscrew with a length of approximately 3" was used with a corresponding washer. For a better performance a long and thin machine screw, a top and a bottom washer, a lock washer and a nut can be used with. The hole through the neck butt and the plank must be larger than but very close to the diameter of the machine screw so the machine screw goes tightly through or may even need to be slightly screwed into the hole. A hook for a guitar strap may be put on the screw. By Steven Stanley Bayes www.Steven-Stanley-Bayes.com

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    Steven Bayes
    Obviously, if the guitar neck has a truss rod, this has to be untightened loose or removed prior to the fix then reinstalled and or retightened.
    Steven Bayes
    Just to tell you, I have fixed a guitar again, in this case with two bolts ( one machine screw with a nut and a locker and a washer and one wood screw ). Before assembly, I used strong super glue. Professionals use hot glue which comes from a hot heating gun because this is less expensive and a huge amount can be used. I also recessed the screws into the neck extension where the neck is glued to the body and the internal to the body plate. This is not necessary. Just for beauty. Then I used silicon glue to cover the screws. Waited for the silicon glue to dry and get sucked into the hole and applied silicon glue again, This process of putting glue, drying, putting glue, drying can be repeated as per the desire of the owner. Then the silicon glue can gently be filed smooth and painted on. A dongle can be used along with this method or without any glue at all. Of course, a professional look can be achieved by putting a guitar strap holder ( s ) on the screw ( s ) .