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Dan Erlewine's Neck Resets

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Reset a neck without fear! Removal and resetting techniques for restoring playable string action on traditional dovetail-neck guitars.

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Dan Erlewine demonstrates the basics of neck removal and resetting on a "yard sale" archtop guitar.

  • Steaming a dovetail neck joint for neck removal.
  • Calculating the correct neck angle.
  • Trimming the neck joint tenon and installing shims.
  • Luthier Bryan Galloup resets a 1949 Martin 0-18.
  • Bryan resets a Gibson J-45 neck and repositions it to correct intonation problems.

2 hours.

These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.

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5 3-01-2014
Great fundamentals!

Things I already knew, and more things that I didn't!

unluthier  NC Read my reviews (9)
4 2-06-2014
there but for fortune

- On the whole informative and confidence building.
- Constant references to,"..but that is covered in (another video) so we won't show that here" a bit tiring.
- No help at all when the neck just won't budge (but then it is a video, could it troubleshoot for you?) A bit more info on dovetail construction details might have helped.

hdismal  NorthEast Read my reviews (2)
5 8-26-2012
Nice DVD

I found this neck reset series very interesting. It is well done. I learned a lot.

Enrico Schiaffella  Roma, Italy Read my reviews (3)
4 6-20-2012
Good for us noobs.

This video gave me the confidence to proceed with my first neck reset, and to deal with the issues that came up with it. While it's a good video, it would be nice if there were some notes included, such as a list of the products used (especially the one for removing blush). Also, this is a burned dvd, not a pressed one, so the shelf life might be reduced. Ignoring these quibbles, the content is excellent, and I learned a lot.

Mark Pollock  Davis, CA
5 4-11-2012
Great resource!

I learned to reset necks from Bryan at his excellent school in Big Rapids, Michigan. (Nothing at all wrong with Dan giving Bryan's school a short plug in the video.) The video allows me to review the process and it also covers a few challenges that might arise. Well worth having.

Dogwood Guitars  Kansas City, MO Read my reviews (26)
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5 3-28-2012
Dan Erlewine's Neck Resets DVD

Mr.Erlewine's books and all the free info is a large help.

Steven K  Columbia, Maryland Read my reviews (20)
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3 12-10-2011
Okay Video

Pretty good, basic video for neck resetting but lacks info on some important areas. When the finish gets blushed on a Gibson, the repairman says, "Don't worry about that, we'll take care of it later." When he does wipe it off with "denatured alcohol," he doesn't tell you that this has to be done IMMEDIATELY, not "later."

I also had wished to see a demonstration of the top deflection gauge that I had purchased but there was none on the DVD. There was something said about it being "impossible" to steam the neck off of Asian made guitars glued together with epoxy, but a tech at Stewart MacDonald told me just the opposite over the phone, that they could be steamed apart but it would take longer.

I actually did steam apart an old Yamaha just fine that had been epoxied. Took four steam holes and more time, but it steamed apart eventually and quite clean.

Gary Hudson Music  Tallahassee, FL
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3 3-28-2011
A good guide for acoustic Guitars

What about Gibson set-neck electric guitars? I missed this subject completely! I actually bought this DVD because of that. All in all this DVD is helpful - but not for me...

aaron  switzerland
5 3-22-2011
great mystery exposed

It would have taken me years of destroying guitars to learn this on my own. Now I don't have to ruin any. Also, now I know why my old yamaha can be used to row a canoe and come out better than ever! it's all in the glue..

dave crook  wyoming IL
5 11-29-2010
Great Learning tool

In my opinion this is the best and easiest to understand DVD on the area of neck resets. It has helped me through about half a dozen resets, the latest as a Martin D20-12 string. Brian Galloup is a great teacher and covers all the bases to help you through it. Great product. Thanks Dan!!

Big Mike Griffin  LaVergne TN Read my reviews (3)
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