Titebond? Reversible?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by HBlair, Jul 3, 2013.


  1. HBlair

    HBlair

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    Is Titebond reversible? What are your experiences?

    My Engelhardt had a neck break that was DIY-repaired by the previous owner. He said he used Titebond on a recommendation by someone else.

    On the "repair", no consideration was given to centering, overstand or angle. The neck is now off-center (pointing toward the treble side) and with a low angle (but the bridge is still 5 3/8" - no table collapse either). Heck, it might be in perpetual motion toward the treble side for all I know.

    The Titebond site mentions different varieties of the glue and all seem to have "applied heat" as the reversing factor. But applying heat deep into a neck joint may create more problems than it solves?

    I know, and don't disagree, "Get thee to thy luthier, Cheechako". I hate to bother my luthier, at least without good reason. He's always so busy. The Engel is playable, I'm just concerned about future stability.

    EDIT: Previous owner swore he didn't use screws, or dowels.

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  2. iiipopes

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    Which Titebond product? There are several, including the better known carpenter's glue (Aliphatic) and cold hide glue.
  3. HBlair

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    I wasn't told which version of Titebond.
  4. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Well, it wasn't the liquid hide or the joint would have already failed and we'll hope that it isn't the waterproof Titebond III that some local moron used to re-glue (badly) a very early Gibson guitar's broken top...

    If its regular Franklin Titebond I it should be removable with steam (I reset Titebond-glued Martin necks all the time) and if push comes to shove you can get a new Englehardt neck from Tom Link or Bob G and take it from the top.
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  6. HBlair

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    I appreciate all your responses.

    At this point, I'm just waiting/hoping for joint failure so I can have it repaired correctly. Until then, it's playable and I'm playing it.

    Thanks again.
    Hank
  7. robobass

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    Concentrated vinegar - a.k.a. ascetic acid, removes both hide glue and most wood glues. It's what my local guys use in a syringe bottle to pop a fingerboard. If the joint is holding well, however, I'd leave it alone.
  8. HBlair

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    I'll be giving this a trial on something called Gorilla Glue; just for grins.

    My exact intention, but I'm still hoping for failure so I can get it fixed by a pro.

    Many thanks.

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