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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
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4059 Needle, hose and clamp Yes

4056 Needle and hose adapter Yes

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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.
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Neck Joint Steamer
Neck Joint Steamer
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5 2-06-2014
Worth the price

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!

LarryR  Huntley, IL Read my reviews (3)
4 8-22-2013
Works well, but watch out for steam!!!

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.

Steve West  Colwich, Kansas Read my reviews (7)
5 5-10-2013
Slicker than snot on a doorknob

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.

Thomas Hardy  Copley, Ohio
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5 5-01-2013

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

rickyC  ga
5 4-28-2013
Well made

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+

Michael Shaw  Philadelphia USA Read my reviews (5)
5 4-23-2013
4059 Needle, hose and clamp

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!

Marzz  Burbank, CA.
5 9-18-2012
Purfect tool for the job.

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.

Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier Technician  Melbourne, Australia Read my reviews (54)
5 7-16-2012
Steamer needle works great

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

Terry Warner  Waikoloa, HI Read my reviews (2)
5 2-20-2012
Works just like it should

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

Steven K  Columbia, Maryland Read my reviews (20)
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5 6-01-2011
Neck Joint Steamer

I've hooked mine to a wallpaper stripper. The long hose (about 10 feet) in coils acts as a condenser to knock out unwanted water. It's very powerful and very quick. No puller jig needed...just a little wiggling.

Bob Long  England Read my reviews (7)
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