Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

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Steven Williams
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Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

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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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Brian Evans
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Re: Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

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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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Barry Daniels
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Re: Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

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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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Steven Smith
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Re: Keeping fretboard flat with neck reset

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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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