guitar2005 Posted April 18, 2008 Report Share Posted April 18, 2008 It seems that the necks I build are real stiff, especially the last two. I used Hard Rock Maple and 2 strips of Jatoba laminated in Maple/Jat/Maple/Jat/Maple. When I build my necks, I always make sure they're dead flat and I always re-check after the fretboard is glued and the neck is profiled. I usually have a small dropoff in the last 4 frets to ensure that I can have super low action and still do 1.5 step bends. On my latest, the relief with strings on comes out to about 0.2mm and action set to a hair over 1/16". With a 42 gauge E string and moderate picking, that's buzz city, at least to me it is. With a 46 gauge E string and a little more relief (0.3mm), its much better but with the 42, still buzz city. Thank god I have double action truss rods to bring the relief to about 0.4mm where 90% of the buzz seems to go away, with a 46 gauge low E string. All the other strings are fine which is odd. Neck profile is similar to an LP Custom. I'm just wondering what's going on here. Why don't I get more relief out of my necks? It would help if I could consistently get 0.4mm relief without having to force it on the neck. Frets are Stew Mac Medium/Highest and the slots are cut with the SM fret saw. Could I let the neck sit a certain way to force more relief before I finish it? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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