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Fitting the Neck


Before fitting the neck I will complete the edges, firstly by filing a series of bevels.

Rounded edges

The bevels are then merged to form the rounded edge.


The mortice is cut and ready to receive the neck. It is deliberately undersized and at theis stage the neck will not slip fully home into the body (see next photo).


At this stage the neck does not fit fully into the body but by gradually enlarging the mortice it will slip into place. During this process there are a number of important measurements and relationships which must be maintained. These include the distance from nut to edge of body (130mm) the overstand of the neck where it meets the body (6.0-6.5mm) and the angle at which the fingerboard projects on the bridge. In addition, the fingerboard must be orientated precisely along the central axis and there must be no lateral rotation of the neck.


When all of the above criteria have been fulfilled the neck can be glued in position using strong freshly made hide glue. It is clamped securely using a G-clamp and and a leather-lined wooden block shaped to conform to the curvature of the fingerboard.


I am beginning to form the button and to shape the shoulder of the neck using a chisel followed by a knife. Final shaping will involve rasps and scrapers.

August 11, 2009 Posted by | (16) Fitting the Neck | Leave a comment