Soaking it will just render the neck kindeling wood for the wood stove. There is no need to leave it on for a week or two.John, scottgrass - Posted - 03/04/2008:  08:13:23, Mike, what will you do with the truss rod? 6 min, 'Bach (Petzold) Minuet in G: banjo duet' 11 min, 'RB800 Resonator, rim, & neck for sale' 50 min, 'Explain the ball bearing system to me' 1 hr, 'Looking for white keystone tuner knobs.' 3. I've heard the really old banjos were made for cat gut or (later) nylon. I built a guitar side bending machine and used light bulbs as the heat source. The heat will soften the glue and the pressure willallow the fretboard and neck to slide over each other a little bit to realign under the pressure. I sent a PM to PE and he replied, "In the old days a lot of guys figured that the first 5 frets were the ones that were played most, so the rest didn’t matter much and could be guessed at or figured crudely using a simple formula, the rule of 18. I have seen an article on straightening a banjo neck that involved a clamping jig that puts pressure on the midpoint of the warp. The heat will soften the glue and the pressure willallow the fretboard and neck to slide over each other a little bit to realign under the pressure.". Bowed neck are easy to strighten ... you do it by clamping the neck (fret side) to a straight, un twisted, old oak table leg. Since wood is wood, whether it's on a gun or a musical instrument I see no reason why it wouldn't work very well. heat and leave it for about 4 hours ... turn it off and let it cool down for another 4 hours ... you will have a stright neck. 4. then use a small heating pad ... wrap it around the neck ... turn it on med. 2. The whole instrument must be physically stable. 2.  Other Banjo-Related Topics david"all of us are ignorant, just about different things" will rogers, mjmckeon - Posted - 03/04/2008:  09:21:12, banjonz - Posted - 03/04/2008:  13:56:55, Mike, I am unsure whether moist heat ( steam) would be suitable for heating the neck. Bending wood in this manner is nothing new. Take your playing to the next level with the help of a local or online banjo teacher. Supercharge your practice! I use a heat lamp and protect the fretboard with tin foil. A heat press is the way to go, and doable with a home setup.  Banjo Building, Setup, and Repair As said, this neck is not prime real estate, just right for success or firewood. If I tried to straighten it this way, would it stay like that for long? Edited by - mjmckeon on 03/04/2008 06:55:39, PICKING PHIL - Posted - 03/04/2008:  05:42:41, Sounds like a plan hope it works for ya.picking philPrucha "Bat" Copper Pantia, Hey Mike,Your plan has been done for years. Supercharge your practice! DVD-quality lessons (including tabs/sheet music) available for immediate viewing on any device. The device I have allows for the complete fretboard/neck area to be heated. 'Boil the Cabbage Down bluegrass banjo lesson by Chris Quinn.' I picked up a cheap guitar for my daughter at a garage sale. http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/281815, 'Boil the Cabbage Down bluegrass banjo lesson by Chris Quinn. Repeat steps 4&5 until the level is flush with the fret board.7. Light steel strings are fine on vintage banjos if you keep an eye on things. Then put a light back-bow in it, glue the fingerboard back on so that when the string tension is applied the thing will be flat. Take your playing to the next level with the help of a local or online banjo teacher. Must have had a bad eyeball day May 3,1890..... Banjered. 1. It will work fine. 6. Weekly newsletter includes free lessons, favorite member content, banjo news and more. A bad situation all around. As soon as you release the clamp tension, it will spring back a little.Dan in Minneapolis, please keep us posted on how u get on...as i have to the same thing but with a convex bow and this thread is giving me confidence...good luck all.........Z, jethrobodine - Posted - 05/24/2008:  22:41:48. ok, this is all understandable to get the bow out. HiI have a convex Silver Bell neck. 400+ tunes bundles available, each with chord charts and various speeds. Repeat steps 4&5 until the level is flush … If you are willing to do it, then the heatlamp idea (do let the neck get too hot )and a heavy weight may work. 400+ tunes bundles available, each with chord charts and various speeds. It's worth little but has sentimental value to me, and I would like it to be more playable, so I hope to try to straighten the neck a bit using one of the techniques noted here. yet... somehow compelling. You may want to print out a scale graph(there are computer programs tha will do that) and compare it to your actual fret spacing, just to know how accurate the old scale is or isn't. This rod serves to counteract the pull of the strings. All Forums What I am afraid of is the following: If heated what to do to stop the laminated parts of the neck (and the fingerboard) from loosen ? You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/109865, mjmckeon - Posted - 03/04/2008:  00:23:25. The clamp and heat method sometimes works and sometimes necks rewarp after a little while. I am planning to use a hairdryer or a infrared lamp. I have a 1890 Stewart Student with a bowed neck with nylgut strings on it. 400+ tunes bundles available, each with chord charts and various speeds. It seems that it has been leaning against a wall for a few years. Banjered, Nonetheless, I'm glad you posed the question for the answers are useful to me. Place an old i-beam level on the fret board. there is alot more involved but this is the proper method .. youll have to experment to see just where to place the clamp .. the center is not usually the proper place .. you can look up how to do this ... i've done this many times and the 'fix' last a very long time .. ive heard tales about wood having a memory and returning to its bowed shape but to my knowledge this is not the case .... Edited by - philipE on 03/21/2014 16:03:26, philipE - Posted - 03/21/2014:  16:25:02, Quote: " The device I have allows for the complete fretboard/neck area to be heated. philipE - Posted - 03/21/2014:  16:02:47, DO NOT SOAK THE NECK IN ANYTHING ----------------. You might be better served by resetting the dowel stick - I know I would, and I plan on doing just that at some point. "I know something sure enough, you''ll never get to heaven with a lip full of snuff. No amount of bending will actually put it straight. Simply place pressure on the wood, heat it for a time, let it cool and check to, if you need more simpy do it again, if you need less bend thats easy enough to accmplish. the interesting part is, the wood will reatin the new bend rather nicely.MJM___________________________________________________________________________I love the snap of a finger pick comming off a string.- open the window and let the angels in ............ Dan Pennington - Posted - 05/21/2008:  10:39:06, I've used dry heat like ordinary light bulbs up close or a heat lamp. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright 2020 Banjo Hangout. Clamp the level and neck together with light to medium pressure.4. Way beyond anything a truss rod adjustment can handle. Weekly newsletter includes free lessons, favorite member content, banjo news and more. Soaking the neck will cause more problems than it will fix. Edited by - beegee on 03/21/2014 10:14:30, marc.dalmasso - Posted - 03/21/2014:  11:23:12, these banjos are built for nylon strings ; even with a fixed neck if you put steel  strings , you will destroy the pot ( twist ), etparadox - Posted - 03/21/2014:  11:59:25. You may have to do this a number of times. You could always try a "WTB" in the classifieds and see if you can pick up a replacement neck for not too much money. Any how, here is my plan, you folks tell me whether or I've got a chance of making this work. I have an old truss rod free 5 string with a bit of a bow in the neck. I have an old Kay banjo that has a dished neck. 400+ tunes bundles available, each with chord charts and various speeds. 2 hrs, 'Bart Reiter 11” Bacophone Plus, Whyte Laydie & Bacon tone ring & HSC' 3 hrs, 'Excellent Whyte Laydie reproduction' 3 hrs, 'B & D Sultana 1 Silver Bell Tenor' 4 hrs. Best of luck.GeoffA better banjo may be in your, dandylion61 - Posted - 03/05/2008:  10:46:12, Could one assume the same method on the oposite side of the neck to fix a "warp"..ie the frett board bows up to the strings in the middle?? http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/109865, 'Boil the Cabbage Down bluegrass banjo lesson by Chris Quinn. File # 1 one of the strings answers are useful to me useful! Probably from the 40s or early 50s keep an eye on things & Bacon tone ring & HSC.! Viewing on any device heal off configuration level and neck together with light to medium pressure.4 clamp at the of. 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