Honestly, I can't say. The view from the other side is a lot different...I will say I've had a few Gretsches where the joint looked like that but they were fine. Is this a new development or has it always looked that way?
Thanks Curt - I guess you would know!Not even a question, absolutely. That guitar will make sounds you never heard before after the reset. The only thing holding that neck in is the Dan Duffy screw!
Also, when you send it to your neck person they need to know it's a tenon joint and not a dovetail.
The value on old Gretschs has been on a steady climb, it might be worth more than you think. What is it, a Tenny?
Thanks Curt - I figured it was probably a "go away" price but don't really have another point of reference. The last place I had a reset done (20 years ago, on a Tennessean) is long gone. Back then it cost me $399. The only other guy that I know I would trust told me he has a 2 year waiting list.Some people are afraid to do Gretsch resets and charge a lot to avoid doing the work.
Remove the strings and then rock the neck, you’ll see movement which is a tone suck. From the top of the guitar to the bottom of the strings it should be about 7/8”.
Nah, just an old Clipper.The value on old Gretschs has been on a steady climb, it might be worth more than you think. What is it, a Tenny?
So the wood-to-wood contact looks solid. That's why I say that the appearance of a gap could be caused by shrinkage of the heel cap and binding strip. Take something that's thin enough to fit into that gap and see if it goes any deeper than the heel cap or binding strip. If it doesn't, you might be okay. If it does go deeper, then there's definitely some separation. And follow Curt's advice and see if you can detect any movement with the strings slackened.