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i'm relicing a guitar with a bolt on neck. if i remove the neck in order to work on the body and it's paint, will i have to re-intonate the guitar when i put the neck back on?

 

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Maybe.

 

Just removing the neck you're more likely to be okay.

 

How about the bridge? Remove and reataching both might throw things off a tad.

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I think "big" hit it.

 

It's unlikely to get a perfect return of a neck on the guitar, but the degree of change might vary.

 

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The only way to learn is to do. Take the neck off and teach youself intonation.

I should imagine there's a vid on You Tube on it to help.

I taught myself to do it when I was about 15. Just practise on one string.

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It's a bolt on, realistically, unless this onei s an heirloom there's not a lot of love lost here if you mess up, isn't that what luthier's are for?

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When you intonate a guitar you are tuning it - from the nut to the 12th string and then from the 12th string to the bridge. You may need to do an intonation after a string change!

 

Did you mean will your guitar require a new set-up, as in aligning the neck and adjusting string height, etc.? Chances are, yes, it will require a new set up. Assuming you took the strings, pups, bridge/tail, and everything else off to do the actual relicing of the guitar's finish, you will need to set it all back up when you do the reinstall.

 

One thing about bolt-on necks is that when you take the neck off you may find shims have been placed where the neck is bolted to the body. So you will need to figure out what you need to do to set the neck back on to the body to get it 'true'.

 

If you are not sure what you are doing, learn first! Then take the guitar apart. Or, trash a cheap guitar first, then work on the better ones!

 

Whatever you decide, good luck!

 

Sheila

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I'd have to think twice about even licing in the first place; relicing would be out of the question, but that's just me. I'm thinking a complete set-up would be in order.

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I've always taken things apart. As a previous post said. It's all about the 12th fret. I wouldn't mess with the truss rod though, or the nut.

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Go for it.........and see how it is when back together........no big deal. Now if you want to do something more advanced you

could make a whole new body to bolt the neck back on to. This is how I learned about intonation.........in that I built a new body for a neck and just put the bridge where I thought it looked the best. Ha haha....well come time to tune the thing and.................

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I'd think twice about attempting to relic a finish if I were still worried about something as simple as adjusting intonation. Maybe I'm wrong and you're a total wizard at working with paint and just plain suck when it comes to guitars, but I feel you're starting off in the wrong end here.

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I'd think twice about attempting to relic a finish if I were still worried about something as simple as adjusting intonation. Maybe I'm wrong and you're a total wizard at working with paint and just plain suck when it comes to guitars, but I feel you're starting off in the wrong end here.

 

 

i more than appreciate the comments and replies and how quick they arrived.

for those curious about my intentions and the guitar i'm doing it with, i've been relicing for over a year. i know what i'm doing as far as the paint goes. it's a squier strat, so it's not necessarily something that i'm worried about "ruining". and yes, i'm not great at things like intoneation.

i do have friends that know what they're doing, tho, so i'm just trying to figure out how much beer i'll have to buy to bribe them to do it for me.

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