I've been enjoying hearing everyone's opinions of and methods of bridge shaving and wanted to collect some current thoughts on slipping the block.
I went a year or so without doing any and have now done 3 within the last month and was very pleased with the results.
I guess I'm just surprised I don't hear more about this method since it can be so effective at correcting neck angle.
Are people still doing them or has this method been abandoned for some reason?
I'm finding that I can make decent money per hour charging between $150 to $200 dollars to slip the block and do a full set-up.
I'm not offering this as an option on high value instruments. Usually old Simon & Patricks, Yamaha's, etc…
I agree it's a no-no on the neck block, but plenty of builders do use epoxy on fingerboards. It releases fingerboards fine with heat.
Back in the 70s and 80s we used pressure cookers with a bicycle pump hose and a basketball needle to take a neck off. Cappuccino makers weren't so easy to get back then. We did make more tools and I think we were better for it. We used hand tools a lot more, I was taught to radius fingerboards with a Stanley #4 and to play a guitar to find the high frets.
I have no issue with planing a bridge, often it solves the problem for the life of the guitar. I would far rather see a novice plane a bridge than do a neck reset. Even on a vintage instrument. A vintage bridge can be replicated well enough to not be evident. A mediocre neck reset would be difficult to hide.
In the 70s I did dozens of these. It was the standard way to do a reset in the area I worked in (Berkeley). I think it is still appropriate for some instruments. But it is not taught anywhere so far as I know, and those of us who are familiar with the job are getting old.
I am actually reluctant to say much more about it here. In the world of internet one-upsmanship it has become popular to sneer at this method as if it were something akin to bloodletting and leeches (oh, wait on the leeches!).
I wrote a long reply but then deleted. I think it's fine to slip the block - but I'm going to start converting everything non-collectable to a bolted neck connection. I'll post photos the next one that comes along.