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hey guys. first post here. i wish i came across this site a long time ago! briefly, i've built a strat with a warmoth neck, and a bolt on strat (actually soloist) from scratch. now i'm about to try a neck thru flying v. basically i want a v and nobody makes one with the exact options i want. i actually have almost all the stuff in hand and hope to start it in the next week but i have a few questions, mostly about the neck angle. i plan on using a floyd rose original double locking system. would i actually need to integrate an angle? i was told by a guy from bc rich that if i were to recess the bridge i would not even need an angle because the saddles would be so low. i had thought the same thing but now i'm having doubts. i've sketched out diagrams with the height of the nut and the saddles and it seems like it will work fine. but i still have this feeling like something isn't right. any idea's or thoughts? thanks.

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There are many ways to skin a cat but its best to be prepared. If you have any doubts then it IS a good idea to research further and get it right in your head before proceeding. :D I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and work things out along the way. But whether to angle or not is an important decision.

In my experience I found that I have only needed to cut a neck angle when I was employing a tune-o-matic bridge. They are fairly high off the body and sometimes its necessary to also sink the bridge and/or raise the fretboard to get the proper action.

Double check the height adjustments on the bridge, best to measure when they are set around half way so you have lots of adjustment room both ways. Consider how high the nut will be, fretboard height off the body and fret height. Then work out how much clearance you will get off the frets with the neck straight and angled. So long as you are in the ball park of your saddle height adjustment range. Its best to make FULL SCALE drawings so you know exactly what you are looking at.

Oh, btw, welcome to the board! :D

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Hey there,

Since your familiar with Warmoth. I checked their specs on the original Floyd Rose. They Recomend two degrees worth of neck angle for a non recessed installation, if recessed you could use no neck angle. Here is the link-Original Floyd Rose Specs. I am sure you could also go no angle with a thicker fretboard. Probably in the 3/8" to 5/16" range as opposed to 1/4". Hope that helps.

Peace, Rich

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thanks guys. i was going by the warmoth specs, also. basically as long as i measure out the depth of the nut and bridge routes it looks like the neck angle won't matter. for example if i were to mount the bridge say 1/8" deeper than usual i could just route the nut 1/8" higher.

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i plan on using a floyd rose original double locking system. would i actually need to integrate an angle? i was told by a guy from bc rich that if i were to recess the bridge i would not even need an angle because the saddles would be so low. i had thought the same thing but now i'm having doubts. i've sketched out diagrams with the height of the nut and the saddles and it seems like it will work fine. but i still have this feeling like something isn't right. any idea's or thoughts? thanks.

Dont a lot of the Ibanez Jems have recessed Floyds? Ive seen a few, especially the Frank Gambale ibanez which has recessed everythings! perhaps someone can post some details here cos i know lots of people here have Ibanezezzezs!

Remember to take lots of photos of this project dude. I Love Vs and am building several for the exact reason you quoted in your original post. NO-ONE MAKES THEM LIKE I WANT THEM! Or they will, but it will cost £2000!!!

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