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Any tips for removing mystery glued neck on lam bass?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by turtlelakeinstruments, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. turtlelakeinstruments


    Mar 12, 2015
    Hi all.
    Does anyone know the horror that lurks within?
    If I can the neck out cleanly, I'll be putting a new one on.
    I'm thinking of sawing off the neck and excavating the heel to spare trauma to the block and button.
    I can feel with a separating knife it's not hide glue. Almost certainly the same milky PVA(?) that's holding the top and back on.
    Drilling a hole and steaming? I've never used steam on a bass neck before as there is no void in the joint to run it through.
    Any ideas and experiences welcome.

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  2. turtlelakeinstruments


    Mar 12, 2015
    I got it off with my usual methods, Spatulas, razors and wiggling. It is some kind of hide glue but gobs of it, foamy, and not as brittle as the good stuff. It probably would have been a little cleaner to rout and excavate but taken a long time. Thankfully the fingerboard popped right off too.
    I'm still curious what others do on these beasts.

    WIN_20170806_13_27_41_Pro. WIN_20170806_15_50_13_Pro.
  3. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    Looks to me like you did it exactly right!
  4. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    That's not hide glue.
  5. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Perfect; now I know where to send all of those things!
  6. turtlelakeinstruments


    Mar 12, 2015
  7. Agreed that that's not hide glue.

    I'm told Shen's shop uses some sort of funky flour-based glue. From experience, it looks kind of like that glop.
  8. jlmorgan84

    jlmorgan84 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2014
    Clemson, SC
    That's why my bass smells like pancakes when I leave it out in the sun...
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  9. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    to remove a neck cleanly I find it is often tidier to cut through the glue line then cut and drill out at the back of the heel. Wiggling / wrestling the neck can easily split the sides of the mortise and button.

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