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Guitar Neck Removal Jig, Pt. 2 - Completion

The parts are all finished.  Really simple to put it together.

Just 4 carriage bolts, one stud, and five knobs.

A side note: don't use galvanized carriage bolts if you want to thread something onto them.  I found out the galvanizing makes the threads nearly impossible to, well, thread.  At least onto the brass inserts on these knobs.  So I wound up using regular zinc plated bolts.

Here it is assembled.  You can see how it fits over a guitar body.  In practice, I have some clear plastic tubing to fit over the exposed threads of the carriage bolts to protect the body.

Tighten the bolts and then the center compression bolt is used to press upward on the bottom of the neck heel as needed.

The slots allow for adjustment/alignment of the compression bars.

Bottom view of the two compression pieces and the knobs.

I got all the hardware from McMaster-Carr and spent a pleasant 20 minutes on their web site deciding what type of knobs (and what colors) to use.

On the cutout for the neck - I made this deeper than it was designed on the plans.  As designed, there wasn't enough depth for the fingerboard extension to clear the jig when the neck is removed.

You can also see the slots for the rear compression bar.

A more detailed view.  The four green knobs are 'though' knobs so they can be adjusted to any position on the carriage bolts.

The orange knob controls the center stud's pressure on the neck.  I put a vinyl cap over the exposed threads to protect the neck cap.  Unfortunately, I had to buy a bag of 100 from McMaster-Carr.  So I have 99 caps left for other projects.

The center stud rides in a threaded insert.  I love inserts - I put them on my bolt-on neck guitars.

In a nod to actual craftsmanship, I rounded all the corners.

You can also see the cork attached to all of the surfaces that will touch the guitar body.

Next up - putting this puppy to use on a Guild neck reset.


 
 
 
 

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  • Andy Stone said...
    February 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM
    Very neat indeed!

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