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.
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.
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.
Adjusting the neck width
This neck gets a diamond. Here is the rough view before carving.
Before the head plate is broken through, the machine head holes are drilled at a distance of 35mm using the template.
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.
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.
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.
Verify again the neck angle at the bar.
Now the carving of the neck foot
Creating the neck profile with the template
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