Neck Joint Steamer

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Injecting steam into a dovetail neck joint, through a small hole drilled in a fret slot, helps loosen the glue for neck removal.

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Neck Joint Steamer Needle, hose and clamp

Needle, hose and clamp

Item # 4059
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Neck Joint Steamer Needle and hose adapter

Needle and hose adapter

Item # 4056
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Injecting steam into a dovetail neck joint, through a small hole drilled in a fret slot, helps loosen the glue for neck removal.

Our hose assembly has an extra-long 3-1/2" x 5/64" injector needle, insulating rubber handle, 1/4" hose rated for heat and pressure, and hose clamp for attachment to a pressure cooker or other steam source (such as a espresso/cappuccino maker).

Use with our Neck Removal Jig for faster, cleaner dovetail neck joint disassembly.

This product is made exclusively for Stewart-MacDonald by

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Neck Joint Steamer

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It Works!

By \N from \N
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I successfully took a fret board and neck off today. I'm experimenting on an inexpensive 12 string before I make changes to a Martin w/a cracked top (I want to replace top and binding). The key to steaming is understanding how the neck is joined to guitar: otherwise you may not be steaming a joint. Drilling down through fret joint at body and the frets nearest the sound hole and injecting steam, I noticed the guitar filling with water from steamer, and the spruce top under fret board was getting soft. Turns out guitar neck is simply butt jointed to body with 7 wooden pins in different places to make fast, cheap connection. An expensive guitar will use mortise and tenon, and you need to know the measurements of where all those joins are. I changed tactics and drilled 3 holes under fret board where nut was. I slowly pried the fret board off from that direction with very thin spatula type blade. I actually got fret board off in one piece. Then I could see how neck was attached with wooden pins on top, assumed heel of neck was same and was right. It took several hours to melt glue with steam. This requires patience, but it works! And the customer service department has been awesome in helping me with this project. I'm customizing and Epiphone LPJ with Stewmac accessories and having great success. Thanks guys!

Worth the price

By LarryR from Huntley, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 06, 2014

It seemed pricey, but I was pleased to see how substantial and well made the needle and hose were. The plastic clamp provided was useless but I fixed that problem with a 20 cent adjustable metal hose clamp. There is a knack to steaming off a neck but by the third one I felt comfortable. This is the right tool for the job!

Works well, but watch out for steam!!!

By Steve West from Colwich, Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 22, 2013

This tool was just what I needed to soften the glue on a dovetail neck joint. It works very well. It is made of a good grade of hose with a thick handle to insulate the user's hand from the heat. But, beware: A good source of steam (I use a simple cappuccino machine)heats the hose AND the handle to a high temperature. Even with the handle, I would suggest using a good, heavy glove to protect your hand. Be careful, too, of letting the hose touch anything that might be melted by the heat.

Finally, the included plastic clip used to attach the hose to the source of heat proved to be inadequate for the steam pressure from my cappuccino machine. The hose blew off the cappuccino machine tube, spraying steam all over the workbench. I finally installed TWO stainless steel screw-clamps to hold the hose to the tube. All is now secure.

Steam is an excellent tool to soften glue, but be careful! Steam is a very hot, uncontrollable source of heat and can cause severe burns.

Slicker than snot on a doorknob

By Thomas Hardy from Copley, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 10, 2013

I chose to try my first neck removal on a 1933 Gibson L-00 (yikes)! This thing worked like a charm. I attached it to a cappuccino machine ... perfect. Worth every penny.


By rickyC from ga
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 01, 2013

the neck joint steamer works great. stewmac's service gets 5 stars as well.

Well made

By Michael Shaw from Philadelphia USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 28, 2013

I bought the neck reset jig and this is needed so I decided to buy instead of making my own. After checking out the price of stainless tubing I felt it was cheaper to buy then make. Well made and an A+

4059 Needle, hose and clamp

By Marzz from Burbank, CA.
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I pulled off my first neck from a 1935 Rickenbacker Electro with this great tool. I don't think I would have attempted this job if it wasn't for this tool. Made my life easier and my customer is very pleased with the result. Thanks StewMac!

Purfect tool for the job.

By Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012

As a properly pressure and heat rated hose, this has a fair amount of thermal mass, so it does take a while to stop spitting, you need to wait for it to get hot! But I'm much happier waiting a while longer, and using gloves to handle it, than risk getting serious burns due to failure of an inadequate hose.
This isn't just a tool, it's a piece of safety equipment!
Thanks for doing the work for me StewMac, I doubt I could have sourced the required parts myself very easily.

Steamer needle works great

By Terry Warner from Waikoloa, HI
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 16, 2012

Within a minute or two the dovetail separated with just gentle pressure. The hose end fit perfectly on our pressure cooker.

Works just like it should

By Steven K from Columbia, Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 20, 2012

Works just like it should,as all Stewart-MacDonald items do. Very helpful, and fast Customer Service.
Thank you. Steven

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