- Jan 2, 2009
Boy does this raise questions with me...
IF Gibson glued the fretboard PRIOR to setting the neck in the body HOW THE HELL could the above picture be correct?
I am calling bullshit.
The gap would be UNDER THE HEEL. Not on the top.
I.E. the fingerboard would have been glued to the section that is lower. Then when set the gap would have been UNDER the whole neck.
If anything the above picture points out the opposite happened. The fingerboard was glued on AFTER the neck was set.
Not to support the previous argument but Gibson have uploaded videos of their build process, showing that they glue the board to the neck before fitting to the body.
Equally, I'd imagine plenty of bursts have all sorts of 'problems' if someone bothered to dismantle them.
I do also get a bit of a strange feeling that Florian seems to suggest almost every single guitar that goes through him needs a neck reset, he knows a hell of a lot more about guitars than I do but I can only say what I've been seeing. I do wonder if it's something that he's got a bee in his bonnet over more than an actual issue (see above point about burst construction not being 'perfect'). It is also convenient that the process adds €800 to the bill, but I don't wish to cause any issues as I am certainly not a guitar luthier and I do admire Florian's work!
It'd be useful to know if Historic Makeovers have spotted the same thing and it really is a flaw in the original construction process.