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 Post subject: Oops - Missed the mark
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 2:18 pm 
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So...I went to adjust the neck on the current build, and realized that somehow, between making the neck block and drilling the hole in the shoulder brace...that I missed big time! Now I can't get my truss rod wrench through :-/

I assume I'm not the first to do this? How do you all recommend I proceed? I imagine I will need to find a short, right-angle drill attachment or something? Thanks. Gotta love these sneaky lessons learned.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 2:20 pm 
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For reference...the bottom is the shoulder brace, the middle is the sound board, and the top is the fretboard extention. And...the wood cutting the hole in half is the neck block. I feel like a total bonehead right now!


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Would plugging the hole and re-drilling solve the problem? Alternatively enlarging the hole towards the soundboard to line up properly and then plugging the unnecessary part of the hole. Or rat-tail filing to where it needs to be and sistering the brace to correct for structural weakening. Interesting problem, though, and a fix of whatever sort shouldn't be all that hard.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:39 pm 
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From your description I don' t this is applicable, but on the off chance that it might help, a reminder that hex keys can be bent to avoid obstacles:


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:56 pm 
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The gap isn't wide enough to get a wrench through. I think I'll either need to find a short right-angle drill, or remove the neck and widen the gap from an easier angle. Which won't be a horrible idea since the frets aren't even on and I'd like to learn that too! Luckily, this is my guitar and not for someone else. Lesson learned....always look through before you glue. Seems so obvious now :-/


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 6:19 am 
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I always check to see that I can access the truss rod before gluing the neck
I am sure you will be doing the same from now on
best of luck

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:29 am 
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Whew! Crisis averted. I was able to use a rat tail file to open up the hole in the shoulder brace very slightly and to put a slight ramp in the neck block channel. Now...the truss rod wrench is perfectly directed to the truss rod! Thanks for all the help...again!

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 10:24 am 
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You can tell people you planned it that way. <grin>

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 1:05 pm 
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You could even call it an internal sound port. Glad to hear you were able to fix it!


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Live and learn. I'm glad you were able to gain access.


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