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Easy-on/off neck attachment?

10/7/1999 4:14 PM
Traveler Easy-on/off neck attachment?
I want to take my beater Ibanez and fix its bolt-on neck so it's easily removable/replaceable for air travel purposes. So far I've come up with:  
1) Drill through the neck mounting holes to the fingerboard (removing frets as necessary), then drilling and countersinking holes in the maple fingerboard/neck to insert flat-head machine screws; use bolts on the body side, and forget about those high frets - I seldom play that high.  
2) Same trick, but use T-nuts on the fingerboard side, and bolts on the body side; inset the nuts into the wood far enough to replace the frets over them, if this makes sense.  
3) Some kind of machined male/female joint to replace/augment the neck joint; the tension of the strings alone would be sufficient to hold the neck in place. (Precision wouldn't be necessary here; neck slot in body might suffice for alignment.)  
Any other concepts? Thanks in advance.
10/7/1999 4:32 PM

Why not just fit threaded inserts into the existing four holes on the neck heel (oversizing them to accept the OD of the new inserts, of course) and use threaded bolts in lieu of the wood screws to mount the neck to the body in the usual fashion.  
I can't see drilling through fingerboards and all that stuff.
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10/7/1999 5:26 PM
Makes sense - but such a part is hard to find. I saw some threaded inserts offered for this exact purpose for $80.00; not worth it to me. Specialized woodworking supply houses? (thinking out loud)
10/8/1999 12:56 PM

If I recall, the pre-Samick Valley Arts had a one-screw neck attachment available. You could remove the neck with one quarter-turn of the screw with a coin. Larry Carlton has this attachment on his brown HSS Valley Arts Tele. I have no more info than this, maybe others can comment?
10/8/1999 3:06 PM
Dave Chun

If you're into doing things yourself you can make your own inserts with a tap. I found a long threaded rod at Canadian Tire, cut off sections, and drilled and tapped then appropriately for machine screws. A little involved, but it worked fine.  
I only went the above route after I couldn't find a tap with the right spacing for the inserts I had (got them at the Home Depot.) HD had about a dozen different threaded inserts, last time I checked. The standard wood type has too large a thread, but they also have self cutting ones for plastic (or wood) which have a smaller thread.  
A net search for "threaded inserts" will bring up a bunch o f different companies; try writing them for samples. I seem to remember finding a bunch of them on Yahoo that had technical specs and pictures on their site as well.  
Hope this helps.
10/11/1999 5:13 PM
Mike Burgundy

such a part is hard to find  
Really? I haven´t had problems with finding them at local hardware stores at all. Used them to fit a banjo´s neck to the body´s tension-rods. Big "wood-bolt" , threaded on the inside. Drill a hole, screw the thing in, done.  
Cheap, too. If you do not have any luck, try calling a few local carpenters or something. I really can´t imagine these things being impossible to find.
10/31/1999 6:34 PM
Ted Matsumura

Check this link out:  
I've never tried one, but a strat in a briefcase sure looks interesting. For me, the cheap Hohner copy of the original Steinberger is hard to beat for travel.  
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