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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2003, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Removing the Neck on a 7DBK!!!

Afternoon everyone.

This as you can probably see is my first post on the Jemsite. I`ve been hiding in the background reading topics but havent actually got to posting yet.

I`d just like to say HOLY!!!!!!! What a website! My life is now complete since stumbling across this little "Jem" of a site. :P

Anyway....I am at the minute awaiting delivery of my first proper Jem, a Jem 7DBK......needless to say its pantwettingly exciting in my house at the minute. I`ve read in a couple of places on the site about removing the acrylic backing that is on the neck by sanding it down, to improve playability.

Now only thing is i`m not exactly okay with removing and sanding the neck on my dream guitar so i`ve decided to have a go at doing a trail run on my RG450 Ltd edition thingy. It`ll be a much better job if I remove the neck, than masking off while the neck is still in place so i have a couple of queries regarding neck removal.

First off, is it just a case of unscrewing the 4 bolts at the back of the guitar at the neck joint area?

Secondly.....as the neck is made up of 2 different types of wood....ie the actual neck and the fretboard itself.....is it ok to remove the acrylic actually on the fretboard wood. (Hard to descrbe without a pic...but its the bit with the fret board markers on it and were you can see the edge of the fret wire.)

Thirdly, after sanding and finishing (thanks to the procedure on Jemsite!) is it handy enough to get the neck located back into place and secured to the body of the guitar?

And lastly...thank god I hear you say!....will i have to re-adjust the tremolo, truss rod, intonation etc when it is back in place?

Thanks to anyone who manages to read all this long winded boll0cks!, and moreso thanks to Jemsite for having one of the most informative sites on the web!

Cheers

Chipie
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2003, 11:27 AM
 
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When I sent my DBK neck off to Jeremy at LGM Guitars to get a new inlay job it was a matter of taking off the strings (blocking the trem is not a bad idea before you do this), unscrewing the screws and putting it in a box. When I got it back all I had to do was readjust the truss rod since Jeremy had to make the neck rod straight to do the inlay. I had no problems and it wasn't complicated in the least. A little fine tuning afterwards should really be all you need unless you have shims in the neck pocket. I didn't since that's usually one of the first things I do when I get a new guitar - SHIMS BEGONE! - since I like extra low action.

Good luck!

LJ
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When I sent my DBK neck off to Jeremy at LGM Guitars to get a new inlay job it was a matter of taking off the strings (blocking the trem is not a bad idea before you do this), unscrewing the screws and putting it in a box. When I got it back all I had to do was readjust the truss rod since Jeremy had to make the neck rod straight to do the inlay. I had no problems and it wasn't complicated in the least. A little fine tuning afterwards should really be all you need unless you have shims in the neck pocket. I didn't since that's usually one of the first things I do when I get a new guitar - SHIMS BEGONE! - since I like extra low action.

Good luck!

LJ
Shims typically improve action.
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Shims typically improve action.
Not when they're not needed
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2003, 10:14 PM
 
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forgive me because I barely know what a shim is, but wouldn't taking them out make the action higher?
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2003, 11:24 PM
 
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Depends where the shim is, shims can tip the neck forwards or backwards, if it's moving the neck (headstock) backwards, in essence it lowers the action, if it's moving it forwards, it raises it.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-03-2003, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cheers folks

Cheers Patrick and folks. I reckon a trail run with my other Ibz will let me know if I run into problems.

Still does anyone have any ideas about the finer details of the sanding that I mentioned in my earlier post?

Much appreciated.


Ps Xlnt forum....I havent got any work done for the last week!!
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