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Guitar Necks Replacement

Acoustic Guitar Necks:

Replacing and Cleaning

Knowing When To Replace the Guitar Neck

In some cases, it is better to replace a guitar neck rather than replacing the whole guitar. Cracking, warping, and worn frets are common problems that arise from guitar necks, and replacing a bolt-on or bolt-in guitar neck is easier than trying to repair the damage.

Replacing the neck may also be for the comfort for the musician. Depending on how the guitar is constructed, replacing the neck can be an easy project for the guitar owner.

How To...


Step 1: Determine whether you need to reset the guitar neck or replace the neck.

Older flattop acoustic guitars often only need their necks reset. This repair does not require a new guitar neck. If you're attempting to reset a guitar neck without training, this type of repair can result in significant damage to the guitar if done incorrectly.

If you're experiencing high string action that you can't fix with adjustments to the rods or adjustment saddles, the guitar neck most likely needs to be reset.

Guitar Cleaning

Step 2: Know the Construction of your Guitar.

Bolt-in or bolt-on guitar necks can be replaced easily. A glued guitar neck will likely require a professional to perform the replacement. The professional can evaluate the type of glue and use the proper heating or steaming method to release the neck.

Step 3: Ordering a Replacement Guitar Neck.

When ordering a new neck for your guitar, make sure the neck will work with your guitar. To ensure you are getting the correct neck it may require a phone call to not only the guitar manufacturer but the manufacturer of the new neck.

*A loose fit will negatively affect your guitar's tone.*

Step 4: Remove the guitar's strings.

To learn how to remove th strings on your acoustic guitar please visit our guide.

Acoustic Guitar: Restringing and Tuning

Acoustic String Replacement

Step 5:

Cut through the guitar's lacquer finish at the joint between the neck and the body.

Step 6:

Leave the finger board attached and remove the neck bolts

Step 7: Work the neck gently back-and-forth out of its pocket.

Some guitar necks will be wedged into their pockets extremely tight. Be patient and continue wiggling the neck back and forth until it becomes loose enough to pull out of the pocket without causing the guitar to flex.

Being too rough can chip the pocket on the guitar or crack the body.

Step 8:Gently slide the replacement neck into the pocket.

If the neck is too wide for the pocket, use sandpaper or a dremel tool to widen the pocket.

*Do not force it in.*

If you're not confident in shaping the guitar's pocket, take the guitar into a repair shop to avoid damaging the instrument.

Measure both the new neck and the pocket before you begin sanding or dremeling so you know exactly how much you need to remove.

Acoustic Neck Poacket

Step 9:

Bolt on the replacement guitar neck.

Step 10:

Restring the Guitar and Enjoy

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