Xanthus Posted December 31, 2008 Report Share Posted December 31, 2008 Hey all, I just started my third build and everything has gone according to plan. Meaning, by this, that nothing has gone according to plan at all. I had an extra neck blank that I cut off my stock from the second build, maple/walnut/maple. I used it to practice techniques before doing it on the "real" build, but it's still in good shape. These techniques meant cutting the neck taper with a bandsaw. Well, I cut it very close to the line. Still usable, but quite close to spec. Fast forward to last week. I had extra mahogany veneer lying around from build 2 that I wanted to cap the headstock of build 3 with. I came up with this cool idea, almost like a mitre joint or neck joint scarf, where I would veneer the headstock and then trim the veneer at the nut to the same plane as the fretboard. Then the nut would sit on the mahogany veneer and it would look all cool and fancy from the side. What I didn't realize that, in shaving the veneer down so the fretboard and nut could sit on it, I have moved the position of the nut back about 1/2" and now the neck is too skinny! How can I save this?! I have come up with two options: either add wood to the sides of the neck or add a veneer on top of the neck as a "fretboard shelf". I don't think either of these will look good. With a splice of wood on the side of the neck, you will see the joint when the neck is carved and tapered to its proper width. With a veneer in between the neck and fretboard, first off it will have to be about 1/8" thick to compensate for the nut moving back to where it "wants" to be. I think 1/8" thickness will be far too thick and not aesthetically pleasing. Also, what color would look good between maple and rosewood, save straight black? I'm all out of ideas... I really want to save this neck. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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