The Guitar Neck

The neck blank is cut out of light mahogany using the template and glued. Both the fingerboard support and the neck angle are worked straight with the plane. Then follows the gluing of the head veneer.

Gluing the head veneer

The neck tapers from about 24.5mm to 22.5mm. I do this with the big router by fixing a small piece of wood of appropriate thickness on the side of the saddle with double sided tape. In several passes I then mill to the finished size.

Milling of the neck thickness

The thickness of the head plate is about 20mm. I attach the head form template and do two steps at once. Milling the head plate thickness and then the head plate shape.

Milling the head plate thickness

Adjusting the neck width

Adjusting the neck width

This neck gets a diamond. Here is the rough view before carving.

Roha view of Diamond's

Before the head plate is broken through, the machine head holes are drilled at a distance of 35mm using the template.

Drilling of holes mechanics

Next the neck must be brought to the body. I mill the dovetail joint into the body and also into the neck using a template.

Milling of dovetail joint

Dovetail joint in the neck

Although the dovetail of the neck was milled with a little angle, it still has to be adjusted exactly to the neck angle. Of course, the handcrafted adjustment takes time and, because time is expensive, is mainly used in high quality custom guitars.

Adjusting the neck angle

The truss rod is milled into both the neck and the body. Here is a detail view of the adapted neckband with steel bar cutout.

Adjusted neck base with steel rod recess

Verify again the neck angle at the bar.

Check the neck angle

Now the carving of the neck foot

Carving neck foot

Creating the neck profile with the template

Creating the neck Profiles