#1
title is pretty explanatory. I was just wondering why, it seems to me that a bolt on acoustic would finction perfectly well. Is it just because acoustics hace set necks like its always been? just curious TY.
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#2
It would be awkward to do wouldnt it?
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its a good question, but i agree with what Hong said. Also it would sound like crap.
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#7
Why don't they ever have bolt-on necks? I'd say the biggest reason is because they do.
#9
They do have bolt-on necks. Every single Taylor guitar has a bolt on neck. You just don't see it because it's inside the guitar and not as noticeable as on an electric guitar.
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#11
My old Eko 12 string had a bolt-on neck. It also had an adjustable bridge to set the action nicely. No, it didn't sound terrible, either.
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Why do very few acoustics have maple fretboards?


Maple fretboards were originally used as a cost saving measure. They don't really tend to last as well as ebony or rosewood. There's nothing really wrong with maple, per se... It's just not traditional.
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#13
When you buy various "kit" guitars from Stewart-McDonald, you generally have your choice of bolt-in or glue-in necks.
To try to use a Fender-type bolt-on, you'd need a rather massive neck block and very long screws; acoustic guitars are much deeper than electrics. Balance and weight would be a factor.
#14
If I'm not mistaken... the "bolt-on" necks for acoustic guitars still have a sort of puzzle piece joint that's both glued and screwed in. The glue weakens with sufficient heat, making the neck very easy to replace.
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#16
My Guild has a bolt-on neck. I personally don't think that it makes the guitar sound one way or the other. Maybe it improves the sound, maybe it degrades it. All I know is that my Guild sounds fine.
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Why do very few acoustics have maple fretboards?

Maple boards have to be laquered before it can be used and Ebony/Rosewood are unfinished and last a life time.

Many acoustics do have bolt on's and they are MUCH easier reset necks with bolt on as compared to dove tails joints. No tonal/structural differences either.
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#18
Many manufacturers and luthiers use bolt on necks. Taylor is probably the most recognizable of the mass producers. Their NT neck utilizes bolts with no glue, but the pre-NT neck does only to glue the fingerboard on the soundboard. Breedlove and Seagull are also manufacturers that uses them. Collings and Stonebridge (Furch) are famous small shop builders that utilizes bolt-on. Goodall is another. So is Bourgeois. You get the point.

When they are done correctly there is no difference in sound quality. Bolt-ons do have the advantage of an easier neck reset procedure than dovetail, but dovetail is traditional and it works very well. I don't usually buy a guitar for its neck joint and I would generally advise the same thing for others as well.
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