#1
ive been doing guitar/bass customization and body building locally for about a year now.
ive recentely been offered the chance to build, from scratch, a neck thru...

ive never even built a neck, much less a neck thru guitar.
so im a bit scared

i wont actually have to start building for another 2 months, so ive some time to learn
what do you guys suggest i do?
this is pretty much a make or break scenario for me right now.
please i really have no idea how to go about this.
should i start building some necks?
should i build an entire neck thru or two?
what?
please, im deadly serious; I Need Help
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#2
start looking up neck dimensions
extend the neck for the body
then make some wings to stick to it
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#3
Sorry buddy, I don't know anything about actually building your own guitar from scratch.
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Necks are a tricky thing, very tricky... the make or break part of a good guitar... I know Gibson shapes each and every one so what I would do is take some measurements of some fenders and gibson and ask you customer if he wants deep or shallow? and what scale he wants? 21, 22, 24 frets and then After you have the measurements down shape like 3 or so and then let your customer hold them and choose the one he wants... To actually make the neck though I don't know of any special methods...
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#5
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start looking up neck dimensions
extend the neck for the body
then make some wings to stick to it


k, so the neck should be the length of a regular 24 fret neck, plus the length of the body.
right?
thats what you're saying, i think.
then the rest of the body would just be the wings you're talking about.

would i route the humbuckers into the neck then?
well i guess it wouldnt really be the neck, the extended part of the neck that ends up being the body, right?


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Sorry buddy, I don't know anything about actually building your own guitar from scratch.


lol, me either.
its why im here
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#6
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Necks are a tricky thing, very tricky... the make or break part of a good guitar... I know Gibson shapes each and every one so what I would do is take some measurements of some fenders and gibson and ask you customer if he wants deep or shallow? and what scale he wants? 21, 22, 24 frets and then After you have the measurements down shape like 3 or so and then let your customer hold them and choose the one he wants... To actually make the neck though I don't know of any special methods...



he wants 24 frets, and a thicker shape
les paul or a fender D/boat shape
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#7
my question is, how did you tell someone that you could build them a neck thru, without actually having any previous knowledge of how to do it?
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#8
then find the measurements of that and do it.
Yes, you route the pickup routes into the neck wood
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my question is, how did you tell someone that you could build them a neck thru, without actually having any previous knowledge of how to do it?



no he had seen my work and really liked it
he asked me if i could build him one
i thought he meant just the body.
when i found out it was the full guitar i figured id just buy a neck and bolt it on
then he gave me the specs and by then it was too late to back out.


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then find the measurements of that and do it.
Yes, you route the pickup routes into the neck wood


thanks

the distance from the nut to the 12th is the distance from the saddles to the 12th, right?
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#10
There's this book you could read:
http://buildyourguitar.com/books/beg/index.asp

It looks rather professional:
http://buildyourguitar.com/resources/egb/index.htm

I'd build a test case using cheap materials before starting on a final product. If it's really important, you could build three at the time and sell your customer the best of the three. The most expensive part of a guitar will be the electronics you mount on it anyway.

Best of luck. Post some pics as you go along please.
#11
www.stewmac.com, click on free information, there are tips on building a neck-thru in the neck section
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#12
You probably wouldn't route until you glued the wings on.
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#13
Quote by Withakay
There's this book you could read:
http://buildyourguitar.com/books/beg/index.asp

It looks rather professional:
http://buildyourguitar.com/resources/egb/index.htm

I'd build a test case using cheap materials before starting on a final product. If it's really important, you could build three at the time and sell your customer the best of the three. The most expensive part of a guitar will be the electronics you mount on it anyway.

Best of luck. Post some pics as you go along please.



hey thanks for that, ill definitely check it out


but the most expensive and difficult part will probably be the floyd rose
im gonna need help with that one....

any one have any experience with that?


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www.stewmac.com, click on free information, there are tips on building a neck-thru in the neck section



hey cool!
yeah i checked stewmac earlier but didnt find anything on neck thrus
thanks bro!

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You probably wouldn't route until you glued the wings on.



yeah very true
im not too worried about that in all honesty
my biggest worry is the fretting and the floyd rose...
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#14
Well... if you are really worried about the fretting you could buy a pre slotted fretboard... Although I'm not sure if selling someone else work is legal? Here's an example of a neck thru, just the neck.

https://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=NT6K

so now you know what to build.

Here's an example of a finished neck thru guitar

http://www.trevorandthea.eclipse.co.uk/aria7.jpg

Ok maybe you already knew that. Here is a great tutorial on making a neck. You can substitute your own measurements, and make it a neck thru.

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/neck.htm

and here is one all about doing a fret board.

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/fretting.htm

As for getting your measurements, just draw the guitar out, and measure from the tip of the headstock to the, uhm.. bottom part of the guitar... I want to call it an ass, but I think that's wrong lol. As for thickness, some people make the part of the neck that is inside the body a lot thicker, some people keep it the same. About routing, once you get the wings glued on, it will look just like a regular guitar. Then you just rout it like a regular guitar. I don't know about the floyd rose routing, I have heard that is very difficult, but I'm certain that anyone could do it with the right planning and patience.

Best of luck to you, know let's see some pics!
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^it's not illegal as long as you don't claim that it's your own work. otherwise selling a guitar that was custom made for you to someone else would technically be illigal...

But anyway, TS, there's not much else I can post, there's already some good info. in this thread....
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