Thursday, 18 October 2007
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All of a sudden my AB1 (#3785) has developed a very slight "ridge" running lenghtwise along the back of the neck - from the back side of the headstock all the way down to where the neck joins the body. I'm not sure but it feels as if the neck is constructed of two pieces of wood and that one piece has expanded or contracted at a different rate than the other. This is disconcerting as I don't know if it will "correct itself" or get worse. Has anyone else experienced this?
14 years ago
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Wow... this is becoming very interesting for me. I've not tried sanding my neck yet. Frankly I've not had time but also Sheldon's suggestion to leave it alone had me wondering why. Some of the recent posts here, I guess, are answering this question. Not to sound wishy-washy but I'm thinking maybe there's no right answer to the question "to sand or not to sand". Rather, it may be simply a question of how much the ridge bothers someone; if you can get used to it then leave it alone but if it remains a distraction then do something about it. My general approach to things, when I'm not sure what to do is to wait and see what develops that might help me decide. I really love this forum. More heads are better than one. Thanks a lot for all your comments. I appreciate all this food for thought. I'll keep y'all posted.
14 years ago
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Valk...that's exactly what this forum is for!
14 years ago
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Brief Update on glueline ridge: It might be just powerful "wishful thinking" (or even divine intervention- hey these axes are inspired, are they not?) but I think the ridge has ever-so-slightly decreased. It's still there but either I'm getting used to it or maybe it's contracting (I'm talking microns here) so I'm going to continue not deciding "to sand or not to sand". I used the Kiwi natural shoe polish months ago. I really like it... make the neck super smooth yet still retains the real wood feel. I think I'll apply some more to the back of the neck and just keep enjoying the thing. I've got a gig tomorrow night - first one since this whole neck issue arose. I'm sure it'll be a non-issue. Thanks
14 years ago
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[quote="Valkyrie":2mfcpolp]Rather, it may be simply a question of how much the ridge bothers someone; if you can get used to it then leave it alone but if it remains a distraction then do something about it. My general approach to things, when I'm not sure what to do is to wait and see what develops that might help me decide.[/quote:2mfcpolp] At first, I was a bit concerned, too, but have come to simply enjoy the small and sometimes changing ridges. I've never noticed them at all when playing a gig (or even in rehearsal). +1 on Smallmouth's comment about the stability of the necks. I appreciiate it every time I play. Thanks to Sheldon for looking after us all so well.
14 years ago
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Since I set up my '99 Voodoo when I bought in '04 the neck has not needed adjusting. I assume Sheldon tweaked it when he reassembled it after the pimping. My AB has been stable since the initial setup right after I got it 2 1/2 years ago and after many hours of play. The SJ neck has never been touched- it's as it was since I received it. How's that for stability? I have the glue line ridges on my AB neck, but I no longer notice them. They're just not bad enough for me to mess with. All the other qualities of the neck are so awesome and pleasureable that the lines are a non-issue. Strangely, the Voodoo has never exhibited this problem. :? Mark
14 years ago
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Yea, I haven't touched my neck in ever(well over ten years!). Sometimes I wonder if I should tweak it just to "exercise" the truss rod...but it's always been "too right" to even fool with. I am not Canadian but I bask proudly in regards to the extreme climate, good supply of rock hard maple and Sheldon's designs/workmanship.
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