Removing the Neck (!) of your Guitar

Firstly, ask yourself... "Do i REALLY want to remove the neck from my guitar?" If you get it wrong, your guitar could be permanently damaged. And that would be a crime. 

Faith Guitar necks are Bolt-On, and that means they can be removed. But the primary reason for the bolt-on design is one of stability and reliability, not so that anyone can whip the neck off for fun.
So even tho the necks can be removed, they're not specifically designed for it, and its still a tricky procedure. 

We strongly recommend that you take your guitar to a local music store or guitar tech or guitar luthier. Let them take the strain instead. They would have done it many times before. 

Please note: Faith Apollo Series guitars have a glued / set neck. You CANNOT remove these necks. Similarly with many other guitar brands, if you do not have a bolt-on neck system, do not try to remove the neck. 

You will need: 

  1. An Allen / Hex key to fit the neck bolts. 
  2. Cardboard and Kitchen Foil (or similar heat protective and reflective surfaces)
  3. A pallet knife or similar for gentle prising 
  4. A small iron or heatplate
  5. Glue to re-attach the neck. 


So if you're really sure you want to do it, below is the explanation of how to remove your Faith Acoustic Guitar's neck. 

  1. Remove all the strings and bridge pins. 
  2. Then, using an allen key unscrew the two neck bolts inside the body at the base of the neck. (The bolts are concealed behind a white label)
  3. The end of the fingerboard is also glued to the top of the guitar, so you must now melt the glue carefully. A device such as an iron (preferably a small iron, like a travel iron), would work for this job.
  4. Create a template to protect the top of the guitar from the heat. Take a thick piece of cardboard, and cover in kitchen foil. Cut a section away to leave only the end of the fingerboard visible, keeping the body of the guitar covered with the cardboard/foil template. The goal is to reflect the heat from the iron away from the top of the guitar, but let the heat penetrate the fingerboard section. 
  5. Then apply the heat source directly onto the end part of the fingerboard (from where the neck joins the body up to the end of the fingerboard. (dont touch the body wood with the heat source!)
  6. Leave the iron on the fingerboard on full power for approx. 15minutes. 
  7. After 15 minutes, the Hide Glue will soften, and you may notice the neck and guitar gently separating. Then you can carefully (!) start to work the neck loose. 
  8. If it feels difficult, leave the heat for longer. 
  9. When you need to re-attach the neck, apply glue to the underside of the fingerboard end and place back on the guitar, then tighten the neck bolts.



The necks of guitars almost never really need to be removed. It is not a solution for lowering the action etc. 

Again, we would recommend taking your guitar to a professional guitar technician for the best and safest outcome.