This sitars’ neck has bended too much. The playing string was tilted 14mm above the last pardas’ surface. The neck came up 5mm at the tar daan position.
First thing to do is to remove the hardware and the celluloid decoration strips.
Then the glue line which marks the separation between the upper en lower parts is visible.
Put a chisel exactly on this line and give a gentle push. The glue will break and the 2 parts will get separated.
With the help of a homemade chisel, also used as a scraper, we can split the neck completely.
Now first we will check the cracks’ surface and remove the remaining old glue.
After this we add fresh glue to the 2 parts and fix them together again with a rope. Use hot glue or titebond. These glues become strong and hard and are not elastic.
Finally we hold a strong, straight and flat board against the freshly glued neck and tie it up with the rest of the rope.
After sufficient drying, the board and rope are removed and the glue lane is cleaned. Now we already can see the result: a straight neck !!
Now it is time to put the decoration strips back to its place. Glue is applied and then they are fixed with bamboo nails.
After the leftover pieces of the bamboo nails have been removed, the sitar is ready for reftretting…