The heating pad bowed neck fix -- where do you stand now? Do you think it works in the long run ? And if so, how much do you recommend compressing the neck?
I've got a 1900ish Washburn parlor guitar I'm restoring, and the neck is out .023" at the sixth fret.
I did try it, with heat pad for only a couple days, and I spaced and braced it as you suggested in the original thread, then clamped it with Irwin clamps what I can only cinch down so far. At the end of the first day I tightened the clamps one notch. Neck came out dead straight, and now, a month later, is holding. Of course, I haven't strung it up yet, so we'll see.
I was talking to some folks that speak highly of your skilled craftsmanship when it comes to repairing guitars. One of them is an older gentleman by the name of Tom ? that used to play in a bluegrass group with a couple of young boys that played banjo and acoustic base.
My problem is that I broke the neck on my 1958 Gibson J-45. It is cracked in a horizontal direction just above the neck. It also is cracked in a vertical direction up towards the tuning peg for the low E string. I am crushed! This old Gibson plays and sounds like no other I've had. Even the old time bluegrassers commented on the sound and ease of play. Is it repairable or worth repairing? Any ideas on cost for repairing or replacing the neck?