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Old 01-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Question about Set Neck

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I started another guitar project and to save some cash I am using the neck, hardware and electronics from an old beater guitar I have (sounds great, not so pretty to look at).

So I cut the neck out of the old body and trimmed off all the old wood so all that is left is the set neck joint. The question I have is how do I route the neck cavity in the new body?

The issue is the fret board is at a slight angle that is not parallel to the main body of the neck wood (grey shaded area in photo). I understand necks are supposed to be at an angle just wonder about the cut is all.

If I cut the neck cavity equal depth, there will be a space between the fret board and the body. I think this is what I am suppose to do but what do I do with the space between the fret board and body then? Or, if I cut the neck cavity at an angle, the fret board will be parallel to the guitar body and the neck joint won't go in straight.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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Here is the view from the bottom looking down the neck.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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Another view from the bottom with the heel behind it
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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Just ditch the gibson style tenon all together, and do a full length/ width tennon. It is so much better. That Gibson style tenon is obsolete.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:05 AM   #5
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That would be great except, as I said, to save some money I am using an old neck and this is what I am left with.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:43 AM   #6
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I'm not sure what the question is? If you need an angle, then cut a flat pocket, otherwise cut a pocket with an angle to counter act the angle. Are you asking if you need a neck angle? You'll need a neck angle depending on the way the body is configured as well as the bridge.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:45 AM   #7
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What do you mean by "what do I do with the space between the fret board and body then?"

You mean with finishing?
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #8
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All guitars with neck angle have that angle showing above the body. There is nothing you can do about it, unless you carve the body to be parallel to the angle of the fretboard.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:48 PM   #9
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I need the angle. When I route out the neck cavity square there will be an angled space between the body and fret board. Carving the body isn't really an option. I am doing a natural finish so wondering what to do with the space?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:31 AM   #10
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You dont do anything with it. All guitars that have neck angles have that space.
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