Regluing a Rickenbacker fretboard

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Issue 247 July 30, 2015

Did you know you can tap the truss rods right out of a Rickenbacker neck? Erick Coleman shows how, and he removes the fingerboard from a troubled RIC guitar neck using a household iron!

About the guitar in this video: This Rickenbacker 480 is from the 1970s. It’s a six-string with a body and peghead shape resembling the RIC 4000-series basses.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • How Rickenbacker truss rods slide out of the neck.
  • A modified Fingerboard Removal Knife protects the peghead.
  • A household iron heats the glue so the fretboard lifts off.
  • Indexing pins keep the board lined up for regluing.

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