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Yesterday I bought a second hand MM Lighting in The Netherlands. It's number 000413. It sounds great, but there is one thing that worries me. The neck on the bass side has come loose a bit where it joins the body. Even with the strings on I can twist the neck a little bit. Are there any screws I can tighten to solve this problem?
I'm not 100% sure as it's just one pic of part of the guitar, but the reason for that is probably because the body is cambered, and the fretboard is flat. I'm not sure if any filler is ever used to plug the gap, but its normal as far as I can tell. TT
The neck is held on in 3ways 1) 2 props between the body and the neckstick, 2)2 screws through the well into the neckstick 3) 5 or 6 screws under pearl dots through the finger board into a piece of wood under the finger board. These screws keep the f/board tight to the top of the body. I will do a drawing and post later PT
Thans you! So there are screws at the twelfth fret under the inlay dots, just after the body ends. And these are attached to the piece of wood in the body? Would it be possible to remove the inlay dots without (too much) damage?
Post by Michael Messer on Dec 31, 2017 10:20:06 GMT
Welcome to our forum.
Repairing a resonator guitar is not something you should do if you if you do not know what you are doing.
Pete has been amazingly helpful, offering you advice and even drawing a diagram for you. However, because you are asking how to take dot markers out of the fretboard, you have obviously never done anything like this before. My advice at this point is that you should take your new guitar to an experienced resonator guitar luthier/repairer. If this job is not done properly your guitar will sound terrible and will not be easy to play.
If you need a recommendation of who to take it to in the Netherlands, I am sure we can find somebody.
You have bought a beautiful guitar, you should get it repaired and set up properly.
Wise words. I do my own setups as far as neck relief, intonation and installing pick-ups. I have not removed markers yet, so it might now be time to get some help. But for a repair man it would also be good to know if tightening the screws at the twelfth fret would do the trick. If not, there is no need to remove the markers. I have no intention to harm this great guitar.