I picked up a fiddle that had a horrible repair job which caused a drop with the fingerboard. I tried a shimming the fingerboard, After putting the strings on and a week later it dropped again. Diving further into it, I discovered that the problem was in the repair of the neck to the body. I should have suspected it with excessive glue showing around the edges of the neck and body. That said I removed the neck to even more horror. The previous repairer put some kind of shim which looked glued to the body. (sorry I can't think of what that area is called) A bit too much glue too. So cleaning up all the glue and leveling out the neck end so it fits properly, it is now short by about a 1/16". In order to preserve the neck I don't see any way around adding a shim myself, however to the neck and not the body. Suggestions? Should I bite the bullet and get a new neck?
This is I believe an early Czech Strad copy. Label says Copy of Antonius Stradivarius Cecho-Slowak ia (note space between k and ia.
I would remove the top and replace the neck block.
Well I was hoping to avoid that. But may be needed for a better repair job.
I would be sure that ALL of the glue is cleaned up, especially if it is not hot hide glue. Then I would add whatever shim is necessary to the block, not the neck. This better allows you to make any corrections to the fit. Should be easier than fitting a whole new block.
This is the way I do it.
Thank you, I'm not sure which way to go on this. Sitting it on the back shelf for now while I work on other projects.
Adding wood to the neck mortise will allow you to change the neck angle and correct crookedness. Adding wood to the neck heel can change the overstand of the neck above the top.
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