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Removing a cello neck

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by bopeuph, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. bopeuph


    Jul 3, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Hey guys,

    I have a thread started in the EUB forum, because I'm starting to work on an electric cello. But my first issue is one that a luthier would deal with, so I'm asking the question here, as well.

    The original thread is here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f101/inexperienced-luthier-building-electric-cello-1059122/

    Anyway, I need to take the neck off a damaged cello. I needed the back too, and took that off already, which was probably a dumb move, since now I have little leverage to use to slide the joint out of the block.

    Any suggestions to drastically loosen the glue in the joint? I'm currently soaking the joint in denatured alcohol multiple times, but I probably need to do something else, too. I'm thinking about chipping the block away with a chisel, but that might get the dovetail, too.
  2. Heifetzbass

    Heifetzbass Commercial User

    Feb 6, 2004
    Upstate, SC
    Owner, Gencarelli Bass Works and Fine String Instruments, LLC.
    See my reply in the EUB forum.