Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

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Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

Postby Steven Williams » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:31 am

I have an old (1970) custom made flat top acoustic steel string guitar. It needs a neck reset which I can do myself. My question is: If you have to tilt the neck downwards at the headstock end, how do you deal with the angled gap that will be created under the fretboard extension over the body? I want to keep the fretboard level from end to end but I can't picture how this would be possible. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

Postby Brian Evans » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:59 am

From what I understand you can either put a wedge under the fretboard, or if the gap is quite small you can just glue the fretboard down to the top and level the fret board and refret.
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Re: Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

Postby Barry Daniels » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:09 pm

On many guitars that need a neck reset, the fingerboard extension is a bit of a ski ramp already so pulling the neck back will actually straighten the alignment.
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Re: Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

Postby Steven Smith » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:07 am

If there does end up being a gap when the fretboard is straight then I put in a wedge. Here's one on a late 60's Martin size 0.

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