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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / How do I take the neck off of my 1932 Duolian?

tdk

Finland

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Mar 16th, 2012 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an old resonator guitar and want to take the neck off and re-attach it at a different angle to get the strings a bit highter at the saddle. How do I do that?

BbendFender
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Mar 16th, 2012 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd let a guitar tech do it.

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Mar 16th, 2012 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Google found this.

The trickiest part would be recarving the neck heel to match the new angle. He briefly mentions it but doesn't show the process. (At least that would be the hardest part for me -- I have trouble shaping perfectly flat surfaces.)

He also doesn't go into detail on how to determine what the correct angle should be. When I shim Strats I just do trial and error until I get it right, but if you have to carve wood from the heel you'd want to get it right the first time.

I vote along with BBend -- it's probably best to let an experienced tech do it.

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Mar 16th, 2012 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a fried do that with one of his guitars...That is really, really tough if the duolian is anything like his was. You have compound angles at the joint that have to meet up just right.

He has a good shop and lots of experience and it took him several tries to do a reasonably good job.

Better leave that to an expert.

Rustyslide

Halifax, Canada

Mar 16th, 2012 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

tdk, strayedstrater, the article doesn't mention that there are screws under the highest five fret dots. No idea how to get at those, so try and find another tutorial.

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Mar 17th, 2012 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FIRST(!) Try a higher saddle.
Don't cut off your hand when all you want is a manicure. Major surgery, personal or guitar, is the last option to consider.

You might want to try balsa shimming under the saddle to make it taller.

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Mar 20th, 2012 05:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't do it yourself, you will ruin the guitar. There are not many people who know how to do it right. Believe me I went through that experience.
I owned many vintage 12 fret Nationals, currently two, and they all needed neck resets and other adjustments. Most of these old original cones need to be re-shaped, most repair guys just don't know or replace the old one with a new NRP cone. The neck-angle, cone height etc. is very important to the sound.
The best place is National Guitar Repair www.nationalguitarrepair.com. Marc did all neck resets and setup work on my Nationals, he is the best. He works for many vintage dealers, including for Lenny at Vintage Nationals.

(This message was last edited by Bandmaster at 06:02 AM, Mar 20th, 2012)

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Mar 20th, 2012 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, save up your dough and send it to Marc Shoenburger at National Guitar Repair. Worth EVERY PENNY. Last year he reset the neck on my 1930 Duolian, put on a new fingerboard, adjusted the cone, and it plays better than it ever has in the 40 years I've owned it. Seriously, a 300% improvement. You get what you pay for in this case.

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