Hi, I'm a new member to mandolin cafe, and a beginner mandolin player too. I'll have lots of questions about technique, but this isn't the technique forum.
I have an early 70's Gibson A-12. Yep, a lumpy. I've had the thing for almost 15 years. I bought it in Northern CA and played mandolin for a year or so, then switched to playing guitar. Back then, I had the neck reset by Frank Ford at Gryphon in Palo Alto. I must not have stored the instrument properly between then and now, because the neck once again needs to be reset.
I took it to a local luthier here in Madison, at Spruce Tree (I don't know his name, but I gather he has a great reputation). It's about a 2 month wait and several hundred dollars to reset the neck.
Is this something that I could do? I'm a decent woodworker, and I have hide glue and a glue pot. I gather the neck is steamed off by taking off the heelplate and injecting steam in that area. Is this a task that I should attempt myself?