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The Neck

This is my work log of how work with the neck progressed:

When doing this, do not forget to think about the body too. There are many things to keep in mind, one example is how the distance of the neck effects the location of the bridge. I made both the body and the neck at the same time.

Before you commence with this you will need to choose what dimensions you want for your neck, you should also consider if you want to use a truss rod or not. I decided the dimensions during the work, but I do not recommend it.

5th of November:
Today I drew lines on both the body and the neck. At first, I accidentally marked the wrong side of the plank, but I soon realized it.


6th of November:
Today I have researched how I would continue this work in the best way. I have decided to postpone the fretboard itself a while, although I will plane it when I get the possibility. I also changed the lines of the neck near the body a bit. After this I tested the router a bit.

I have edited the picture so that you can see the lines clearer, but I will admit that the picture is not good at all...

7th of November:
I tried to find a good saw today, but I did not find any to a decent price. The saw is needed for the fretboard.

13th of November:
Today I marked the place for the headstock on the neck. When you do this remember to calculate the distances, do not try to use a protractor for this.

Here are some pictures: first the simple calculation and then a picture of the neck.neckneck

Today I also worked with the body and it may be good to mention here that the neck socket will be 2,8cm deep. (1,8cm below the pickguard). It is a bit deeper than some others, but it might be good to remember that it will not be fastened in the pickguard, and this is the reason to the depth of it...

14th of November:
Today I spent some minutes on sawing the neck, as I told you earlier I first planned to saw it, so that the head would fit. Luckily, I remembered in time that I need to saw the rest of it before, since I otherwise would have to redo the lines on the neck. Worth mentioning might also be that it would be difficult as the surface of the neck would not be flat. In short, I will have to wait with sawing the location for the head.


As you can see on the third picture the cut is not straight, but at this stage it does not matter at all.

If I were to use a truss rod, this would have been the best time to route the place for it, as the block still is straight. The same thing goes with the diodes.

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