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

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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


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


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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

5.0

Great alternative

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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.

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