I am attempting to reset the neck on a cheap guitar that I just got and would appreciate any thoughts that you may have. I am a complete novice and would not attempt this on any decent guitar.
The way that the neck was installed creates an angle up from the nut towards the soundhole and then the fingerboard on the body angles down sharply towards the soundhole (the fretboard is basically bent at the 14th fret). If you hold a straightedge on the frets then they are level to the 14th fret and then shoot high over the remaining frets and end up about 1/2 - 3/4 inch above the top of the bridge.
I have successfully removed the fingerboard from the guitar body and I am now looking at removing the neck (the fingerboard is straight when not glued down). I contacted the manufacturer of the guitar (Alvarez) and was informed that the dovetail joint is heavily epoxied and traditional (steam) methods to remove the neck will be unsuccessful. I was thinking that I would saw the neck off at the body to remove the neck and convert to a bolt on neck as I have seen on Frets.com, however, under different circumstances.
I am attempting to move the entire neck assembly up and lower the angle at which the neck meets the body. My first thought would be to place a shim under the heel which would move the entire neck assembly up and then bolt the neck in place. Am I on the right track? Will this work if done carefully?
Thanks I appreciate you taking a look.