View Full Version : Hofner Senator Neck Reset

04-20-2011, 02:00 AM
Ive got a sixties Hofner Senator in sunburst where somebody has refitted the neck in the past. They havnt seated it correctly and it now sits at an odd angle with a very high action and a small gap between neck and body.

Is this a potential DIY job and whats required?

It looks like a case of removing the neck, cleaning up the old glue and then refitting but thats just my amateur's eye view.

Kitchen Guitars
04-20-2011, 05:18 AM
A Cappuccino machine is what you need :). I got mine for $15 on Craigslist. Then you buy or make a steam wand (Parts are available from Stew Mac). You remove the 14th fret and make 2 small holes down to the dovetail.
Stew mac also sells a Neck removal brace/jig. I looked at the picture and made one out of $3. in screws and scrap wood. Reality, you don't need it. Hand pressure works once the glue is compromised. Also, to get the neck off you need a thinned putty knife to work under the fingerboard to get it to pop off.
If the Frets are ok. plop that one back in with some glue.
You will also want to get;
a Fret Rocker - it teeters between 3 frets to look for highs and lows
a good straight edge
Fret files or small jewelers files
sandpaper from 220 to 6000
And a few other things.
The neck angle is not too tough to achieve. Move slow.