#1
I am going to build a six string cigar box guitar, and in the spirit of cigar box guitars I am going to make my own neck. Will I need a truss rod or something inside the neck to keep it straight while under the tension of the strings? I was planning on using a solid piece of maple for the neck, but then realized I might need something to help hold it straight.
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#3
Ok so since I need to truss rod it, could I use a cheaper wood such as pine for the neck and then use maple for the fretboard? Or should I use a hardwood such as red oak with a maple fretboard?
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#4
You could do a laminate neck.
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#5
How would I do that? I am new to the whole building aspect of guitars, which is why I am starting with a cigar box guitar.
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#6
Well LP Addict can explain it better than I can, but I'll give it a shot.

You glue multiple pieces of different woods together. For example, Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany. It provides more strength in the neck. LP Addict has made some laminate necks that don't have truss rods.
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#7
Oh ok that makes sense. Wouldn't those be hard to shape into a neck though?
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#8
Nope. Your tools are steel, which can do anything it wants to any kind of wood.

And, don't use pine. It won't work too well, from what I know.
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#9
Pine is very soft and it splits. Though the prototype Tele used a pine neck (if I remember right) you don't see them with pine necks anymore. You could however try making a few necks out of pine to practice since it is cheaper. Less risk of ruining the maple. Oak would probably look pretty sweet, but it does splinter and is harder to shape than other more traditional guitar building woods.
#10
So would the way to go be maple, install a truss rod, and put on a fretboard either maple or rosewood?
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#11
That would probably be wise. Maybe not the most,...original, but it's commonly used for a reason.
#12
Not too worried about originality. On the topic of fretboards, would it be possible to separate a fretboard from a guitar and use that? That would save a lot of work if I could. I was thinking about buying a junk acoustic that had a straight neck and using the fretboard and the tuners from it.
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#14
But by buying a parts guitar I wont have to fret the fretboardand will probably save money. I could get a decent parts guitar for under $50.
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#16
you an steam off the fretboard, but chances are it's not gonna be in great condition to use afterwards...
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