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  1. Morning! Thank you for the advice on the process! I ended up doing a modified version of this. I sawed through the neck with a flush cut saw until I reached about where the truss rod would be a stopped. I will admit that I had a moment there where I doubted my own sanity, taking a saw to a guitar, but it was too late by that point I then put in a pilot hold for the screw, added a smaller countersink, and screwed the neck back at a better angle. I was worried a bit about the fretboard that's on the body coming up or having a hump there, but I don't see anything. It doesn't look the prettiest. Despite my best efforts with triple layered painters tape on the edges, there's still some scuffing from the saw. I'm going to go get a stain pen to clean that up a bit though. I put the strings on this morning and I gotta admit, I did bring them up to pitch over the period of about an hour because I was worried I was going to get hit in the face with a broken neck, but everything seemed to hold up well. Between the neck adjustment and bringing the nut down a little (which unfortunately brought up an issue with a worn slot on the low E string that I had to fill), the action is really nice now and it plays wonderfully. I definitely agree, I would never do this on a guitar worth anything. That said, for this guitar, I feel like I made the right decision. And if I came across a cheap old department store parlor guitar, I would 100% do it again with something like that.
  2. Hi! I appreciate all the feedback about this post. My apologies that I seemed to have offended some users with my lack of activity. The truth of it is that I took the guitar into a local guitar shop to confirm my theory about the neck reset. Though it seemed pretty obvious: the bridge was low as it can go and the action was still very high. But before I took a saw or heat or any other method to it, I wanted to be sure I wasn't damaging a guitar that could otherwise be fixed. I wanted to see where that landed before chiming in again. I heard from them this weekend and, as suspected, the neck needs a reset. I'm going to go ahead and do the reset I originally described because it seems the majority vote is that it's fine to do if the choice is that or the woodpile. I know Freeman Keller mentioned they had a thread about this with pictures? I tried to find, but was not successful, so if you could post a link, I would appreciate that greatly. Thanks!
  3. Hi all! I have an old 1960's Yamaha FG-75 in desperate need of a neck reset. Now, it's a cheap old guitar, so I'm definitely not gonna pay hundreds of dollars to have to professionally done. I have found a handful of examples online of people doing a cheap neck reset. Where they saw through part of the neck, epoxy it (and sometimes add a bolt to help secure it) back in place to bring the neck back a bit. I've also found lots of people talking about how barbaric this is and tell them just to use it as well decoration or just buy a new guitar. Now my serious question is: If the action on the guitar is high enough to be unplayable and it's just headed to the junk yard or the wall, why would someone not want to at least try this method? It seems like the choices are the trash bin or a playable guitar with a kind ugly looking neck joint (and some videos I've seen don't even have that). I realize it's not the right way, but if the guitar isn't worth the right way, are there downsides to doing this method? Will it only last a couple weeks before you get hit in the face with a guitar neck? Are there long term implications of taking this route? I'm headed towards taking this route with this guitar (mainly because why not) but I am not sure if there's something serious I'm overlooking. Thank you all for your help and advice!
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