Mickguard Posted January 24, 2007 Report Share Posted January 24, 2007 I've been making some final adjustments to the tele I'm working on before I get down to sanding. One of the things that needed adjusting was the neck pocket depth. So to check that out, I bolted the neck on, screwed the bridge in (it's a vintage trem style--but I didn't have the springs attached, just screwed the bridge in place with the approximate rise it'll have). Then I put a string on to see where I'm at. I only put one string on, an old beat up string. Well, the neck has a pretty deep bow to it --to the point where fretting it places the string against the last fret, and no notes come through (just the pinging off the last fret). I've tried adjusting the trussrod, and that helped some, but not a whole lot--instead of a pinging I got a rattling sound. The string height should ordinarily be okay, otherwise (I had the saddles adjusted high). The neck has been off for a few months now, but it hasn't taken any extreme heat or humidity in that time. So is it normal for the neck to be bowed like this even when there's no string tension? Does this mean the neck is screwed? (It's a one-piece maple neck, i.e., the neck is the fretboard). Right now I've got it clamped in a long radius block to see if that will help. Maybe I should find a way to heat it? I've never much trusted this neck (ebay...the truss rod is very stiff, the nut is slightly stripped) but still, the guitar is built around it, I'd hate to have to replace it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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