StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Short version for Solomon SL-30

Short version for Solomon SL-30

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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Long version for Solomon SL-30

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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Short version for Weller WES51

Short version for Weller WES51

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$57.70

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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Long version for Weller WES51

Long version for Weller WES51

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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

About This Item

Remove glued necks with no damaging steam
The HeatStick™ uses the heat of your soldering iron to soften the glue in a guitar's neck joint for removing the neck.

The HeatStick replaces the old method of injecting steam into the joint, so delicate finishes are spared the damaging effects of hot steam. Use the HeatStick with our Neck Removal Jig or any other neck-removal system.

Thanks to repairman Ian Davlin for inventing this dry heat concept, and to repairman Gene Imbody for adapting it for soldering irons.

Neck joint trouble creates high action
Years of string tension take their toll on a guitar. The pressure distorts the body near the neck joint, changing the neck angle. String action becomes too high to play.

Lowering the bridge saddle compensates for this up to a point, but if the saddle can't be lowered any farther it's necessary to remove the neck and reglue it at a corrected angle (a "neck reset").

Don't add to the problem! The traditional way to release a glued neck joint is by piping steam from boiling water into the joint. That much water damages delicate finishes, and can loosen braces and neck blocks. That's why we've developed the HeatStick. The HeatStick works well with our Neck Removal Jig.

    Specifications
  • Heat tempered copper
  • Diameter: .125" (3.18mm)
  • Available to fit Solomon or Weller soldering irons
  • Includes 2 bits for drilling pilot and access holes

Long version: The long HeatStick is for acoustic guitar necks with heels that are over 2" tall.

Short version: The short HeatStick is for electric guitars, mandolins and other necks with heels less than 2" tall.

Depending on the type of glue and fit of the neck joint, we found that setting the soldering station on its highest setting yielded the best and fastest results.

Dimensions: Mounting connection for Solomon and Weller

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5.0

Neck removal clean and easy

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Verified Buyer


I've been steaming out necks for years with good success but again StewMac has showed me a cleaner and easier way of doing things. I do recommend the heat sticks and soldering station for anyone doing neck resets

5.0

Great alternative

By

Verified Buyer


I had a neck to remove and could not find my equipment to steam it loose. I bought a heat stick and like better than the messy system I used before. I recommend this system for all.

1.0

 Weller Fail !

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Verified Buyer


15 minutes into my 1st use...killing time while the neck heats up...I'm reading the heat stick info on the Stew Mac site...my eyes drift over to the reviews and notice a negative review about the Weller handle melting... i look up to see my brand new Weller handle has melted and fallen over exactly like the other negative review was describing....the timing was perfectly...not good.
PS.. I didnt want to buy the weller to begin with...Stew and the big sellers were out of stock on the Solomon at the time...so i got the Weller.....
Long story Long....get the Solomon.

Response from StewMac


Hi Thomas,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, and bringing this issue to our attention. We're very sorry to hear that the handle on your Weller soldering iron melted while using it with the StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal. Unfortunately, we did not encounter this issue during our extensive testing before releasing the HeatStick. However, thanks to your review our Product R&D team is now hard at work to find a solution.

Remember, your satisfaction is guaranteed, and our Customer Support Team is here to help. If an item fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 so we can make it right.

5.0

A much better alternative

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Verified Buyer


I’ve been doing neck resets for 20 years now as a hobbyist. This new heating element takes the crossed fingers out of the equation! The times when the neck joint has no space underneath the removed fret makes steaming almost impossible. But this new system allows the entire joint to be heated and the glue softened with out the issues of trying to control steam in water. It leaves a bigger hole to touch up, but is well worth the easier approach. I love it!

5.0

Less mess, easy to use

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Verified Buyer


I have taken out many necks and when the steam method came along it seemed to be the best. I used it for years, lived with the issues of steam and water and all that came with it because the necks came out, little risk of damage and it was pretty non-invasive. Then I saw the HeatStick. After two neck removals using it (one in a 1920's Martin, the other
one of mine) I have to say it is cleaner and very efficient. I like the idea of injecting some water in the drilled access hole to look for joint looseness. It does give a better feel for progress. The hole size is a bit larger than the size required for steam but that's a small issue. Use the drill bit included (mine didn't come with the smaller 3/16 bit but hardly a problem). I used the Solomon soldering unit and it worked great. Crank the heat up all the way and check regularly. The neck removal jig from StewMac is a great help with this as well.
Neck removal has come a long way in the 40 years I've been taking necks out of guitars. I used it for acoustics but I'm sure it would be just as easy for electrics and archtop electrics
Great addition to my shop.

5.0

5 Star upgrade from 2 Star

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Verified Buyer


I wrote about my frustrating experience with the HeatStick for the Weller WES51 on 9-20-2018. I noticed a few days later of StewMac's offer to refund or replace the product.
I called StewMac and spoke to Josh. He confirmed the offer. I asked him to replace the HeatStick with the one for the Solomon SL30 station. I purchased the SL30 at the same time.
I am very pleased with the outstanding results as they mirror the video on the StewMac website.
Thank you Josh and StewMac,
Best Regards,
Maurice Erwin

P.S. Photo included of FG110 1972 Yamaha Acoustic Guitar

2.0

Terrible Experience with Weller Heat Stick

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Verified Buyer


The heat stick melted the pencil holder part used to direct and control the device. It came completely apart exposing wires while the heat stick was in the guitar. I managed to remove the heat stick without it damaging the guitar top.
I followed the instructions as directed.
I recommend that you not offer the heat stick for Weller WES51.
I assume the SL30 Solomon as viewed in the video is manufactured to withstand the heat. I don't plan to spend about $200.00 for the Solomon and the heat stick to find out. I've invested too much money, time, effort and frustration already.

Best Regards,
Maurice Erwin

Response from StewMac


Hi Maurice,

We're truly sorry to hear of your terrible experience with the StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal with your Weller WES51. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 so we can make this right.

5.0

Neck removal.

By

Verified Buyer


After 45 years of going through 7 different steam generators, and making a mess, blushing finishes etc., a cleaner easier method has come about. Major advance in neck removal. A+++++

5.0

Definitely a good option to have

By

Verified Buyer


I used this for the first time getting off a Martin M&T joint - it worked well and it will definitely have a place in my shop. The only disadvantage is the size of the hole required for the heat stick, which is not a huge issue but requires more careful patching. It would be great if it came with a matching plug cutter. Overall I'm very happy to have the tool and I think it will get a lot of use.

5.0

was a little skeptical but...

By

Verified Buyer


worked like a charm

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