Gretsch Anniversary – Removing the neck.

After heating the 16th fret with a soldering iron I gently removed it using a curved screwdriver sharpened to a knife point (a tool created by Gene Warner).  I drilled two small holes in the fret slot down into the gap in the neck dovetail joint.  Using an inexpensive espresso machine as a steam source I injected steam in these holes with a hose and needle.  While the needle is in one hole the escaping steam shoots out the other hole and in this case the steam also came out the gap behind the heel.  With a little wiggling the neck popped right out of the joint.  While the glue was still soft I scraped the neck and joint clean.