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#1 cryin_the_blues

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:56 PM

This maybe a silly question, but why not just buy a whole new neck and headstock? You don't have to worry about a botched shaving job, and you can always sell the stock neck later to recoup some of the cost for the new one.

Just wondering.

The neck on this guitar is not a bolt on it is a glued in, or set, neck. replacing the neck would be much more expensive then shaving the neck.


The guitar would never sound the same if you did that. The point of the set neck is to help with the tone and sustain throughout the whole guitar. Disconnecting the dove tail that holds the body and neck would basically destroy the guitar.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 04:34 PM

Gibson's have a major problem with their 17deg neck bend that puts a short grain of the wood at the neck/head joint and are really prone to breakage. They only have about 3mm of wood holding on the headstock were the truss rod comes out...
Do you really want to risk this?

I'd say keep the LP as it is and buy a Epiphone LP with a 60's neck on it.. that way you can switch back and forth.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 04:20 PM

This maybe a silly question, but why not just buy a whole new neck and headstock? You don't have to worry about a botched shaving job, and you can always sell the stock neck later to recoup some of the cost for the new one.

Just wondering.

The neck on this guitar is not a bolt on it is a glued in, or set, neck. replacing the neck would be much more expensive then shaving the neck.
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 02:48 PM

This maybe a silly question, but why not just buy a whole new neck and headstock? You don't have to worry about a botched shaving job, and you can always sell the stock neck later to recoup some of the cost for the new one.

Just wondering.

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#5 gretchen55

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:33 PM

I once asked a luthier if he could slim down the neck on an old Gibson acoustic. He said it could be done for about $100. He said the actual shaving the neck would be easy, the hard part was redoing the finish. So if someone good did the job it should look great. I know other people who have had this done. Whether it's the same for an electric , I cannot say.
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#6 nysteel786

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 02:32 AM

Is it possible for a guitar like a Les Paul with a single piece body and neck to file down or shave down the neck to make it thinner?

Was thinking of making the neck on my Les Paul studio thinner to make it more like the 60's neck?

Sorry if the question is obvious or dumb, was just wondering if you brought it into a guitar shop if they could do that for you, and if they could, would it be worth it or would the neck just look like crap afterwards?




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