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

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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$62.95

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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

5 Star upgrade from 2 Star

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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.

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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

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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...

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Verified Buyer


worked like a charm

5.0

Surprised at how great it works

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Verified Buyer


I expected it to be more difficult, but it worked like a charm!

5.0

Actually a trip back in time

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Verified Buyer


Great tool. I remember back in the '60's the "official" Martin technique for neck removal was to saw through the fingerboard at either the 12th or 14th fret, and remove the tounge with heat, which would expose the dovetail. A metal rod was placed in the gap and was heated with a torch with a small amount of water as needed. Worked great, but then there was the problem of hiding the saw kerf and aligning the finger board tounge during replacement. This is a MUCH better method.....

5.0

Really,,this is now THE way to remove necks

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This is The way to take off a neck, period. This is one of those things that supersedes the old way to where someone still does it the old way and you say, 'why are you making it so hard'? We just did a 12th fret Martin and it was cake,,,no steam messing the finish. Do experiment with amounts of water injected into the hole with a pipette.

BTW cleanup is easy by putting the heatstick in a drill and steel wool back to clean!

5.0

Tough tenon pull on ES 175

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My first time using it was on this 175. This is a tough removal. A tight mortise and tenon means you don't really get and air relief hole which is why this heater works so well. As you can see even though my exploratory holes hit right on the tenon seam I never felt it. I settled for where I thought would be a dovetail seam and heat up the joint with a little water pipetted in. With the neck removal jig I slowly worked it off and it took about an hour. Why this worked so well without steam is because I could slowly radiate heat throughout the entire mortise/tenon area. The toll was taken on my old Weller 51 which got very hot, came apart and will need to be replaced. You can rest assured most of your neck pulls won't be this tough

5.0

No fuss, no muss! Easy cleanup!

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Verified Buyer


Received the copper rod and soldering rig today. In anticipation of its arrival, I prepped an HD28 for neck extraction (separated the FB extension and drilled an access hole) and mounted my Stew Mac neck extractor on the guitar. The tools arrived and I set them up according to the instructions (took about 5 minutes) and heated the rod. I gave it about ten minutes to reach operating temperature and inserted it into the access hole. After 4 minutes I squirted a pipette's worth of water down the hole and reinserted the tool. The water started hissing so I put a little pressure on the extraction screw and manipulated the body side-to-side (the neck was clamped as shown in the video, except unlike in the video my vise is bolted securely to a heavy maple workbench that doesn't move a jot. Makes all the difference). 3 minutes later the neck was out. No drama. From insertion to extraction was 8 minutes tops. The neck came out cleanly and the pocket was equally clean, with the normal amount of glue residue present. I'm impressed. A couple of observations: the tool diameter is .122". The supplied access hole drill bit is .144". Next time I'll drill a smaller. hole. As for scorching, the tool left a scorch mark on the dovetail. I was able to scrape most of it away. I may experiment with a lower temperature next time, but since any scorching is hidden I don't see it as an issue. Overall, this setup has real advantages over my steam setup. The main advantage is, of course, the absence of all the moisture in the neck joint. The pipette's worth was 80% gone when the neck came out. Some of it came out of the access hole as steam. Another advantage is that the process is dead quiet! You can hear the water hiss but that's about it. Lastly, there's no cleanup to speak of. So I'm pretty satisfied. I'm anxious to give a hide glue neck joint a try. If it proves difficult I'll update my post with that info. 

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