#2
neck through is the guitar is the neck is attatched to the body using the same piece of wood.

set neck is the neck set (or glued) onto the body of the guitar. the neck and body are two separate pieces of wood as opposed to the neck through which is all one piece.
#3
Set necks and neck thrus essentially feel the same but set necks are glued to the body while neck thrus go all the way through it to the bridge. Both provde plenty of sustain.
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ahh okay.

So which one would be better?


Neck thru has years of sustain, but if your neck breaks, you'll need a new guitar. Often, the guitar is more expensive due to the amount of work needed to make it. However, the overall tone and playability high on the neck is excellent.

Set neck is more common and cheaper to do. The sustain is not as strong as a neck thru (however is much better than a bolt-on).

Play both and see which you like better. Personally, I've played more set neck guitars, and I like their feel, but neck thrus are also really great. Pick what you like better!
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Quote by Chasing Shadows
ahh okay.

So which one would be better?

Neither - in the greater scheme of things it makes no difference.

Neck thru is more expensive, looks prettier and will have no heel.

Set necks are cheaper and have a bigger heel...the sustain difference is negligible at best and not worth worrying about.
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Neck thru has years of sustain, but if your neck breaks, you'll need a new guitar. Often, the guitar is more expensive due to the amount of work needed to make it. However, the overall tone and playability high on the neck is excellent.

Set neck is more common and cheaper to do. The sustain is not as strong as a neck thru (however is much better than a bolt-on).

Play both and see which you like better. Personally, I've played more set neck guitars, and I like their feel, but neck thrus are also really great. Pick what you like better!


Please just stop, bolt ons have as much if not a tiny bit more sustain than a set neck. Do you not understand the concept of vibration? Wood against wood vibrates better than wood against glue against wood.

None of the types of necks have different sustain, its just about build quality. If it is a very good tight fitting bolt on it will have way more sustain than a poor quality set neck. Neck thru's will have the best sustain but the difference is so small its impossible to hear with a human ear. A set neck compared to a bolt on of the same build quality will have the same sustain.
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#8
Woa guys, that is not a set neck guitar. There is a major difference between a set neck, and a set-thru neck. They ARE NOT the same thing.

A Neck-Thruguitar is where the neck goes all the way through the instrument. The body of the guitar is actually glued to the sides of the long neck piece (these are called wings). The bridge, string ferrules (if a string-thru also), and possibly pickups are all directly mounted to the exact same piece of wood that the neck is made from. Note the picture below:



A Set-Thru neck is similar to a Neck-Thru, but it's actually set down in a tenon like a regular set neck guitar. The difference is how long the tenon actually is. Instead of the tenon only going down about as far as the neck pickup (like a set-neck), it actually extends all the way down towards the bridge. It's similar to a Neck-Thru in this aspect, but you're allowed to have a top on the as well. The picture below shows a guitar in an exploded view, minus the top. You can see how major the difference is between it and a regular set-neck guitar.

Set-Thru Neck Tenon



Set-Neck Tenon



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