StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

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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


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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5.0

Great tool!

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Verified Buyer


I had a satin finish Gibson that I really didn't want to steam for fear of finish blushing etc, and this did the trick! I can now set the neck with no need to following up with finish work.

1.0

Great Idea but terrible for the expensive soldering pens

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I was really excited to try this tool out and think that it's a brilliant idea, but using it with expensive plastic handled soldering pens is flawed. When the stick is upright in the joint, heat travel directly up to the plastic handle. As the stick will bind a bit from the softened glue, the soldering pen will pull apart. At $50 plus shipping for a new Weller pen, I'm afraid to try it again. Not sure if the same applies to the Solomon pens, but my Weller pulled apart in the middle of my first use.

5.0

Simply a better tool

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Verified Buyer


Bought this to use on a pristine guitar needing a neck re-set, beats the old steam out method hands down! MORE patience is required, as is the Solomon SL-30 soldering station, and the access hole is bigger, but its easily repaired. Small trade off for no finish problems in my book.
Kudos Stew Mac!!

5.0

SNAAAAP!

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Verified Buyer


It worked! No more blushing of surrounding finish. I didn't have the problem others have described concerning melting of handle or stick. Hopefully it won't be a problem in the future I chose the Solomon version and used what was maybe a lower temp (450 deg???) for a longer period of time which 'may' have helped - or not I don't know. Anyway, definitely the easiest, cleanest, cuss-free neck removal I've done!

4.0

Better than steam

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Verified Buyer


First use was on a 1938 H-G0 and the heat stick easily paid for itself on that one guitar. 12 fret guitar with a full width heel is not an easy removal and almost always results in some finish damage with steam. This was quick and easy and not a trace of finish damage. I wish they made this for the Hako irons which is what I use for daily soldering but even with the cost of the Solomon iron included the heat stick/Solomon combo is worth the $.

3.0

It works, but be careful!!

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Verified Buyer


I've only done two guitars so far. The first neck came off ok, but the soldering pen melted and was ruined. The second one I gave up after a half-hour, and after noticing that the pen was beginning to melt as well. I have a Weber soldering station, and it seems that the pens just aren't intended to hold up under constant maximum heat for that long. The second guitar was a Takamine, with a wide heel, which I'm sure takes a lot more heat to free.

Be very careful pulling the pen out... Use a plier and pull it out by the metal part, not the handle.

5.0

 Took the plunge- very happy

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Verified Buyer


I bought the Solomon soldering station as I was tired of buying cheap soldering irons only to be unable to find new tips for them. Shortly thereafter -guess what came in for a neck set? A vintage D-45!
I wanted to worship the thing, not pull off it's neck....so, I bought the neck removal attachment for the Solomon, and it worked like a charm. I was SO happy not to subject that vintage pearl to clouds of steam and water!! HIGHLY recommended !

5.0

Makes Neck Extraction Easy!

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Verified Buyer


Sooooo much easier than steaming and brute force, with way less collateral damage!
This combined with the neck removal jig is the bomb!
I opted for the Soloman solder station, which is also great!!!

2.0

Weller Issue...but promising

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Verified Buyer


Like a few others on here, the heat stick when used with the Weller station caused the pencil to melt and pull the heating element and wires out of the handle. It is a station that was used in the shop prior to its heat stick assignment, so I'm banking on it being a faulty weller handle and not heat stick related.
Another point of issue/complaint is that the entirety of the long heat stick wouldn't heat all the way to the tip, which isn't helpful when needing to loosen the full length of the dovetail. Again, I'm going to try again with a different Weller tip to see if that was the culprit and not the heat stick itself.

will review again once re-tested

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

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