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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:05 am 
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So as much as I love the look of the ol' Reaper I picked up and the chunky ass tone it has, I've never really enjoyed playing it: No matter how much fret work I gave it, with a new level, new crown, etc, I could never get the action as low as I like it. It always just seemed far too high on certain points of the neck, and I always thought hey, guess that's just how it is.

However, a few days ago I was giving it a clean and took the neck off and noticed that the issue appears to be a big warp/twist in the neck. I have no idea how I never noticed this before.

I really wanna salvage this and make it playable, as the neck is beautiful otherwise with that nice, big banana headstock, and a rather chunkier profile which I like. Besides taking it to a luthier, do ya'll suggest anyway I can go about fixing this guy up?

Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:54 am 
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You have to remove the frets and level the fretboard before installing new frets. Works only if the warp is not too heavy, the fretboard has to be thick enough to be shaved off appropriately. Dunno if you can do it yourself, if not then you have to let a luthier do it. I did it on my U-2 with a long profiled alu block and it worked out fine, but that was a really thick slab of ebony and had enough material.

Worst-worst case you'll need a new fretboard (edit: like explained in the post by sixstring below). Only needed when the thickness does not suffice.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:55 am 
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You'd have to completely dismantle the neck. This means removing the the frets, steaming off the board, repairing the joint, flat sanding the neck true then re-assmbly. You could cheat by leveling the board, may or may not work.
Not for the faint of heart.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:54 pm 
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sixstring wrote:
Not for the faint of heart.


Absolutely not. There´s only two options.

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You should be pretty sure for number one, Jarrod.

Even the "cheat" where you´d have to "only" level the board requires a complete refret.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:29 pm 
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May just be truss rod twist (release and grease) or you may be able to heat and twist it straight again (there was a good youtube on this). The only twisted neck I've had was on a really cheap kit neck so I just fitted a Mighty Mite instead.
Do you have any pictures?


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