fractured very tall bridge

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Re: fractured very tall bridge

Postby Mike Ryan » Mon May 21, 2018 8:35 pm

trying all kinds of things, am on my 3rd steamer for the steam needle from stewmac. Jiffy steamer didn't work, mccullough steamers is too powerful, found a mr coffee at goodwill with steamer I am trying now. Neck got steamed with the mccullough steamer but then the tubing blew up. Neck didn't budge. There is a threaded stud top and bottom thru the heel block and I don't know how that is attached to the heel. I've got some narrow ossilating tool blades coming to make a gap at the end of the tenon.
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Re: fractured very tall bridge

Postby Barry Daniels » Mon May 21, 2018 9:33 pm

I never thought the steaming approach would work very well for your guitar because there is no gap for the steam to move around and expose much of the neck mortise. You small hole sort of bottles up the steam limiting penetration.

The presence of the threaded stud is very concerning. It likely binds the joint together in one direction or another. Can you remove it? Post a photo?
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Re: fractured very tall bridge

Postby Mike Ryan » Thu May 24, 2018 5:40 pm

Barry,
you're right. Having a heck of a time steaming through the holes . Not budging. I could try to plunge cut with dremel multitool at the end of the tenon. Can't figure out how to get a purchase on those threaded studs to push on them either.
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Re: fractured very tall bridge

Postby Mike Ryan » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:47 pm

So, success at finally getting the neck apart. Yay!! Found an espresso maker steamer at goodwill. bought the stewmac needle. Had to cut down on the end of the tenon to give me a space to steam, plugged the truss rod hole through the heel block, plugged the truss rod hole. Put a block over the joint with a hole in it. Espresso steamer did a lot better when full of water. Steamed it one for 2 minutes, no dice, once for 5 minutes, was then able to wiggle and pull and it came off without incident I hope. Still have some tenon left for stability. Not any real damage so far. The top over the heel block released a little.
Going to get the truss rod from lmi, or allied. The old rod was completely frozen and rusted.
Now I have to try to make a wedge to get the neck angle to come down and continue the adventure.........
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Re: fractured very tall bridge

Postby Mike Ryan » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:50 pm

Don't know if this is kosher here but here is a link to my steaming apparatus in action as video.
[url]Don't know if this is kosher here but here is a link to my steaming apparatus in action.[/url]
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