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3/4" is fine if you scarf the headstock and use a fretboard(or a skunk stripe). I don't think you can get away with a fender style neck with a 3/4" board, although I've never had the urge to build a neck like that, so I can't speak from experience. I have one neck I made that's a hair thicker than .75" thick. Although, that neck has a normal single action truss rod made from a piece of metal rod, so it doesn't require as deep a route as a hot rod. Normally I aim for about .8, unless I want a baseball bat for whatever reason.

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Just figure out what all of your thicknesses will be(ie fretboard, neck wood, truss rod), and allow at least 1/8" behind the truss rod. Just have a thickness calipers handy while you're carving. The martin style rods are the halfround pieces of pipe with an internal rod, correct? How well do those work?

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My latest pair (a strat and a tele neck..well, both the same, really) used HotRods and 3/4" thick stock. There's absolutely no room for error with stock that thin, and no extra wood to remove if it's not quite straight, but coupled with a 1/4" fingerboard, that worked out just fine.

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I taper the neck with a template and router, rough in the and fine tune the heel and headstock transitions with various half round rasps, then connect the two carves with a spokeshaved. Then I breifly go over the whole thing with 180 grit sandpaper by hand or an orbital sander to smooth it out and get everything even. I do any final fine tuning with various scrapers. You don't need all of these tools to make a neck though.

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