MARTHA’S GUITARS

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Build Diary #5: Building guitar neck, part 2

Last time I published a photo of a soon-to-be neck of my diy guitar it looked more like a twisted shovel rather than a proper neck. A few days later and some hours more with my trusty rasp file, a lot has changed.

There’s not much to write about this time. Currently the neck already has a shape that you would expect from it and the headstock is nearly done. The idea was to make a nice, “sculpted” two-sided (3+3) headstock but due to the size of a maple blank that I ordered I had to review my goal. After all, I decided to go for a Fender-ish shape and I must say I’m pretty pleased with how it came up.

The headstock is also already angled at around > 2,6 degree. It’s a shallow angle but I didn’t want to go for “Gibson-like” configuration because it’s adding a lot of tension to the neck (because of how the strings go through the nut and over) and these necks are known to break on a “neck-headstock” joint. On the other hand, I just don’t like that Fender’s solution where the headstock is completely “flat” and “parallel” to the fingerboard.

Anyway, I think I’m getting there. I started routing the truss rod channel and once the truss rod is set, I’m gonna switch to the fingerboard. Then glue it on and give the neck final shape.

Funny thing: on all those “DIY guitar” videos they use various fancy tools like bandsaws, routers, different kinds of sanders. So far, I only used a jigsaw, a sander for a while but most of the time a rasp file. I can tell you already that if I was to choose 3 most important tools that would be: a line (ruler), a pencil and a rasp file. And a hell lot of sanding paper 🙂 And you know what? So far, it’s all really handmade…

photos: own work/all right reserved

Nov 14, 2016
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