So... I got an old Kay K6437 archtop for free. I don't want to do a neck reset. There is separation where the heel meets the body, but when I pull the headstock back, it fits perfectly, the action is great... So - do I need to steam off the neck (probably the best solution, but I've never done it/have no tools/don't want to pay $500.00 for a full neck reset), or, could I glue and clamp down the separated area to make the neck stable again? I've looked inside - no damage to the block I can see... I know it's a quick fix, but I think the glue just dried and separation occurred. With the strings off, the neck (no truss rod) is straight - I used a level, for "concurrence". Could I get lucky gluing the heel back to the body, clamping it all down for a while, and having the action perfect - albeit a poor-man's fix?
Thanks in advance (funny, not much on this type of topic on any guitar forums, nor on Youtube).
Realistically, you should remove the neck. The neck probably came loose because they tended to use lots of glue to fill the gaps, it dried out over the last 60 years and is no longer holding the neck on. If you try to reglue it, it will come loose again. You probably only need to heat and separate the fretboard extension from the top to remove the neck. I use a cardboard & aluminum foil heat shield around the fretboard to protect the finish on the top. And heat the fretboard extension with a 90W halogen light. The fun part is forcing a spatula under the fretboard. If the glue softens with the heat the spatula shouldn't require a lot of force. But just heat doesn't always soften 50-60 year old glue. And the spatula could dig into the top or the fretboard. It's hard to avoid.