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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Big time neck issues

So, I've heard this happens from time to time with original wizard necks. I have a bad bump on my one Rg 550, so basically the neck is like an s shape, and probably impossible to get straight. It has back bow a tad from 24 to 6, and from 1 to 5, the frets are bowed up, therefore correcting the back bow from 24 to 6, would definitely make the lower frets unplayable. Even where it is now, open chords are not happening, and frets 1-3 have severe buzz. I know the nut has at leasts three shims so far, and I believe the neck has a shim in it too, to help correct the backbow. I had the guitar setup so the frets are level, and the tech claimed I should probably look for a new neck Hopefully I can hear different here, I figured the most common would be probably to pull the frets, and reradius the neck, but if there are any other options please point them out!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 05:38 AM
 
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Re: Big time neck issues

I think that fret pulling and radiusing is probably the only option, short of replacing the fret board.

I have a neck like this, and with careful fret dressing and shimming it is just about playable.

I think the easiest thing to do is find a new neck personally.
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Re: Big time neck issues

Not being able to see what you actually have going on, I would find a replacement as well.

If you can take pics with a good straight edge against your board, that would help a lot.


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I think that fret pulling and radiusing is probably the only option, short of replacing the fret board.

I have a neck like this, and with careful fret dressing and shimming it is just about playable.

I think the easiest thing to do is find a new neck personally.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 02:43 PM
 
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Re: Big time neck issues

It should be fixable in most cases.
If it's not drastic and you have enough life left in frets, leveling them down and re-crowning should help. For more than few tenths of a millimeter, pulling the frets out, leveling fingerboard and installing new frets is the way to go, as Nik mentioned. I had a minor neck wrapping issue with my squier and radiusing the fingerboard solved it.
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Re: Big time neck issues

Thanks guys! I'll post a picture up in a bit. I would like to save the neck as it is a maple wizard, and I don't see them too often anymore other than a very high price.
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Re: Big time neck issues

Yep, definately time for a pro to take a look. In Sydney we have 'Sydney Guitar Setups' and they have this funky machine to set necks, intonation etc. You need a place like that where you are, or at least try to find one.

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Re: Big time neck issues

I'll look for a luthier with these resources. Any idea on the costs?
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I'll look for a luthier with these resources. Any idea on the costs?
A re-fret plus a bit. I guess in the UK you are talking maybe 150 depending on where you go.

Since it is a maple board I think you are exactly right. Too rare not to fix.
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150 pound? You could buy a new maple neck for that surely?

I would hope it is cheaper to repair than 150 pound.

I have not had to get this sort of work done so I could not give you an accurate price.

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Re: Big time neck issues

Refrets in the UK range between 100-130. Then you are talking reprofiling. I guess it does vary. No idea what it costs in the US or Oz

I have never paid that much myself I have to say but that is the range of prices I have seen quoted.

Maple necks are pretty rare TBH.
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Refrets in the UK range between 100-130. Then you are talking reprofiling. I guess it does vary. No idea what it costs in the US or Oz

I have never paid that much myself I have to say but that is the range of prices I have seen quoted.

Maple necks are pretty rare TBH.
wow, they are some crazy prices. I would go for a new neck with prices that high....

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-27-2011, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Big time neck issues

I'm in the US, though I still think it would be alot.. As long as the board was reshaped and the frets were installed, I have no issues with doing a fret job.
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