Some of you may remember that I still have the first guitar I ever bought - a 1969 Yamaha FG-150 purchased new for a hundred bucks. Here it is in roughly 1970 - funny, I don't recognize the guy playing it tho. Did we really just coil the strings up like that?
Over the years the action has crept up and been lowered until finally I couldn't do it any more. I'm going to take a road trip the end of March and wanted a guitar to take with me so I figured this was the time to get with it.
Before doing anything I had to get the fretboard extension loose from the top. The aluminum bars have been heated on my stove and is (attempting) to loosen the glue while I work a couple of thin blades between the fretboard and top. It is not going easily....
Before I get brutal I'd better try the usual method - some reports say that it is possible to get Yamie necks off with steam and pressure. This is my home made neck press and an old espresso machine to make steam (and an Americano while I wait).
Didn't work. Time to get rough. This is following a thread by forumite Yamahaneck. This is a thin bladed flexible saw called a Japanese saw - it only cuts on the pull stroke and the teeth have no kerf (they are the same width as the blade)
Working my way through the dovetail, trying to avoid the truss rod
(I think this is as many picture as I can do in one posting... continued)