Old Gretsch repair project

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Lou G., Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Leña_Costoso

    Leña_Costoso Senior Member

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    Check over at the Warmoth forum... those things are a bit of a pain in the ass, can break, and if you loosen 'em too much they're toast (parts fall off inside).

    Warmoth offers necks types with and without... I'll take without! A better solution, for truss rod, is the double expanding. But... those babys add weight, and some say they suck tone. I can't answer that one.
     
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  2. Mr.Fingers

    Mr.Fingers Junior Member

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    Yes, on a bolt-on neck. It requires some substantial routing, but once installed, it works like a charm. Issue with this heel is that it tapers towards the bottom, where on a bolt-on neck, the sides are parallel. I have no idea if there is enough "flesh" towards the bottom of the heel though with your neck. It's a box of 27mm (w) x 17mm (l) x 15mm (d) IIRC.

    Since it's a neck with a separate fingerboard, you'll need a SAT-2.
     
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    What about putting in carbon fibre rods? Good enough for cowboy chords.
    Like this:
     
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  4. Lou G.

    Lou G. Member

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    I am usually a sucker for gadgets (looking at you robot guitar!) but I don’t think the side adjuster is right for this project. The carbon fiber rods might be a good compromise, but I am still leaning towards the trussrod adjustable at the headstock.
     
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    pshupe Senior Member

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    If you get a low profile rod with Allen key adjustment you can minimize truss rod access size.

    Cheers Peter
     
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  6. lewita

    lewita Junior Member

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    amazing project! I personally would use the existing "truss rod" channel, maybe widen it a bit, or at least square the curved end of the slot, and then install a two way truss rod. Although it would require to make an access hole in the headstock, you can use an allen head truss rod, which wouldn't need such a big hole as a gibson style truss rod. You can even make a truss rod cover following the same "bolt" design the original overlay has if you mean to keep it as close to the original as possible.
     
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