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pete12string
06-01-2012, 02:27 PM
What do you look for to see if a guitar needs a neck reset? What are the symptoms? How old does a guitar usually get before a neck reset is needed?

Thanks for the info...

Pete

bobby b
06-01-2012, 02:54 PM
If the top of the frets are in line with the bottom ( or well below the top ) of your bridge then ya need a neck reset. If they ( the top of the frets ) are in line with the top of your bridge you do not need a neck reset, unless of course the neck is warped or damaged.

This may help explain....http://guitarless.com/2010/07/why-does-my-acoustic-need-a-neck-reset/

http://www.chicagofretworks.com/2008/08/21/vintage-gibson-dove-neck-reset/

Wade Hampton
06-01-2012, 02:56 PM
If the bridge saddle has to be sanded down so far that there's little or none of it peeking over the bridge when viewed from the side, then you know you need a neck reset.

whm

JoeCharter
06-01-2012, 02:56 PM
When there's nothing wrong with your saddle or your nut but yet you could still slide in a slice of pizza under your 12th fret.

pete12string
06-01-2012, 03:21 PM
When there's nothing wrong with your saddle or your nut but yet you could still slide in a slice of pizza under your 12th fret.

Ahh, NOW I get it! :lol:

pete12string
06-01-2012, 03:33 PM
If the top of the frets are in line with the bottom ( or well below the top ) of your bridge then ya need a neck reset. If they ( the top of the frets ) are in line with the top of your bridge you do not need a neck reset, unless of course the neck is warped or damaged.

This may help explain....http://guitarless.com/2010/07/why-does-my-acoustic-need-a-neck-reset/

http://www.chicagofretworks.com/2008/08/21/vintage-gibson-dove-neck-reset/

Excellent sites. Really gave me a good understanding of how to spot a guitar that needs a neck reset. Thank you!

Pete

Blueser100
06-01-2012, 04:28 PM
And what about bellying below the bridge and sinking above it?

GHS
06-01-2012, 08:16 PM
I think your handle says it all - 12 string = neck reset - soon. I have two, one is wall art the other is on the way.

davenumber2
06-01-2012, 09:16 PM
I think your handle says it all - 12 string = neck reset - soon. I have two, one is wall art the other is on the way.

Quite the generalization, no?

bjsfolly
06-01-2012, 09:50 PM
When there is no more saddle to file down.

zabdart
06-02-2012, 01:10 AM
When there's nothing wrong with your saddle or your nut but yet you could still slide in a slice of pizza under your 12th fret.
"Mmmm... PIZZA!" -- Homer Simpson :)

GHS
06-02-2012, 05:37 AM
I knew that was coming. Yes, in general, twice the pressure puts a lot of strain on the neck. Im sorry, I won't try any humor any more okay?

jimmy bookout
06-02-2012, 06:29 AM
When there's nothing wrong with your saddle or your nut but yet you could still slide in a slice of pizza under your 12th fret.

While Joe IS correct about the SLICE of pizza, pepperoni comes in handy to check action at the 12th. Proper action is 2 pieces of pepperoni stacked on top of each other...or is it 3?

Nevermind.

The early answers were correct and good advice was given. Now, it's just us jokesters. Sorry for the hijack.

Jimmy

Toby Walker
06-02-2012, 07:31 AM
When there's nothing wrong with your saddle or your nut but yet you could still slide in a slice of pizza under your 12th fret.

That all depends on the toppings. :roll:

JLS
06-02-2012, 11:27 AM
And what about bellying below the bridge and sinking above it?

That's a top issue, not a neck reset issue.

JLS
06-02-2012, 11:29 AM
High action & low saddle. And/or a "Yamaha" logo on the headstock;)