#1
right basically im making a very sexy explorer, using ash body and a rather beautiful maple neck.

i was wandering the peice of maple i have is not big enough for the headstock, so what im going to use is either a peice of iroko or sapele to join on the end but what is the standard join here?

diagrams or photos would be greatly appreciated

oh and its gonna be a set neck just liek the great james hetfields explorer
#2
I would use scrap of the same wood to make up the size of the headstock, not a different wood.

Can you post a picture of the neck and the headstock you want to use?

As long as the peice of wood your adding is not going to be stressed (e.g wont be touching a machine head) then it wont matter what joint you use. Try to match the grain for aesthetics though.




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#3
Usaully like this.

Black Knight CF-60F Semi-Acoustic.

Black Knight CP200 (Red flamed maple).

Neck-thru 4 string bass.

Acoustic 6 string.
#5
scarf joint,

and its INCREDIBLY strong, much much stronger than any form of headstock, far superior to a one piece.


that however is an awful looking joint, clearly if any type of hand-labor went into that instrument, the triple-laminated headstock would be glued, not some time of crap one piece maple pulled from a box.
#6
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scarf joint,

and its INCREDIBLY strong, much much stronger than any form of headstock, far superior to a one piece.


that however is an awful looking joint, clearly if any type of hand-labor went into that instrument, the triple-laminated headstock would be glued, not some time of crap one piece maple pulled from a box.



look mate, i have the machinery i aint doing in my back shed im doing it in sixth form at school with a highly skilled teacher.

how would u go about doing a scarf joint?
#7
okay well first you must pick your neck angle, gibson uses a 16-17 degree angle.

you need a 3'' wide neck blank, mark it out appropriately.

a table saw jig is the best way, google "table saw scarf joint jig" and your answer will be short and sweet.