#1
So I was on the Stew Mac website to plan out a build I want to do, the stuff looks legit, good priced, seems all good. I get everything I need. I just want to make sure its a legit site? Any of you have problems with it? How are the shipping times? Everything arrive okay?

Also, about truss rods. Does every guitar neck need one? How might I go about putting it into a neck that I build.

Thanks
#2
stew mac is great. reliable and one of the top luthier sites on the web. you won't be dissappointed.
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Stew Mac is really good. And about the truss rod, yes, every guitar has to have one, unless you have a carbon strip. Your neck will bow without one and make your guitar unplayable.
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#4
You rout a channel for the trussrod before you attach the fretboard. It sits in there and you glue the fretboard over it.
#5
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No you dont need a truss rod but your neck will bow over time and it wil be much weaker.
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Stewmac
warmoth
and all parts

seem to be the favorites around here and if you are on a budget guitar fetish is great.

No you dont need a truss rod but your neck will bow over time and it wil be much weaker.

You do need a trussrod if you want the guitar to be playable at all. If you dont use one you may aswell not even build a guitar, unless you use something else to support the neck (carbon fibre rods)
#7
you could make a guitar with out a truss rod and it is playable for a short time. its just not a good idea.
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or nylon strings....


...with piezo of some sort obviously
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stewmac is definitely not good-priced, but they have quality stuff and the best customer service in the business.

A truss rod is an absolute necessity. To install it, you have 2 options.

you could do like many Fenders and route a slot in the back of the neck, install the rod, and fill the slot with a strip of rosewood. This is called a skunk stripe. imho they are sexy.

or you could do the easier method and route a slot on the front of the neck, install the rod, then glue on the fretboard.
#10
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stewmac is definitely not good-priced, but they have quality stuff and the best customer service in the business.


This. Be wary of general tools that they sell there. A lot of it can be found at a good hardware store for much less. On the other hand, they're really good guys to shop with and they've yet to ship me something that didn't arrive two business days later. Everything I've bought there is very well made, and the guitar-specific tools do the job so well that I'm often willing to pay premium for them.

If you're on a budget and have access to power tools, then you can save money by making things like radius sanding blocks yourself. My power tools are a dremel and a power drill, so I'm down to buying everything I need.
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