I posted on this sevaral months ago, but my project went on hold. I want to retry to remove the neck on my $40.00 Montana flat-top mandolin. My ultimate goal is to increase the neck angle.
Here's where I am: I got a knife and removed the finish along the neck joint (where it abuts the body) and also along the fretboard/top joint. I can see that the joint that needs work has a glue of some ilk holding things together. I know that there are several types of glue used in instrument making - I just have no clue (other than that it is a $40.00 mandolin)
I am willing to use steam, Xacto, Alcohol, methylene chloride, gasoline, paint thinner or whatever. I am willing to leave the mandolin in the car on a hot day at a shopping mall (windows up of course). I just would like to make some reasonable progress and learn something. I am not the least bit concerned with cosmetics. This is my beach mandolin (photo at www.fatt-dad.com)