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Can a neck twist be fixed?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by TheGreatSealof, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Supporting Member

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    I recently purchased a Epiphone Accubass for $30. I travel a lot and wanted a beater bass to disassemble and pack in my luggage. I am not concerned with theft or damage.

    The neck however has a slight twist to the E side, high action from the E, lower to the G. It's playable and I don't want to invest a lot of money fixing the twist.

    Can a neck twist be resolved to a straight neck without replacing the neck?
  2. Lowactnsatsfctn

    Lowactnsatsfctn

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    If its just a beater, Id get it as close to intonated as I could and live with it.
    There are ways of pressing and forming wood, but its likely to be beyond the cost of your bass to have done and a big risk to try it your self.
  3. lethargytartare

    lethargytartare

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    I don't think so -- I've heard quite a few guys say that even if you could "untwist" the wood, it will just go back that way again after a while.

    You might be able to have the frets shaped to correct for it, but that would probably cost as much as a new low-end aftermarket neck (or other used neck). And if it shifted any more (or again), that kind of change might just make things unplayable.
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Only with great difficulty. It's be easier and cheaper just to buy a new neck. I had to do that for my '93 American Precision Deluxe Plus. I've since sold it, but have a standing offer to buy it back.
  5. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the replies. It's a beater bass for travel only. I can live with it. I will trash it when no longer needed for travel.
  6. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    Another vote for not fixable.
    Feasibly anyway.

    The best method I've used is to remove the FB, and re-attaching it after a leveling.
    A cruder method, or if there's no separate FB is to defret, level it, and refret.
    The last, but not least is the fret-leveling lethargytartare talked about, but that requires jumbo frets in most occasions.

    All that is obviously general talk and moot in this case as a BO neck is very seldom repaired since the replacements are plentiful for most designs.

    Regards
    Sam
  7. ics1974

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    You can try this without removing the fretboard and heat. Maybe just let it stay straight for a week might help.

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