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Im thinking of making a 6 string & I came up with a few Q
1- fret board- way do I need to use a different board as the fret board? my last cbg I installed the frets directly on the neck.
2- I have noticed that the fret board on a ragular guitar have a lighed curve. does blues guitars need this curve? if yes, how do you play with a straight slider?
If you're building a six-string neck from scratch, you might consider that you'll likely need a truss rod. Unless you build the thing really heavy..
That's why most 6-string builds you see use a pre-existing neck from a salvaged or junk guitar.
No, you don't need to radius the fretboard; the main reason for that is to compensate for string thickness. The strings all end up level. Classical guitars typically have flat fretboards.
Just use a slightly higher nut and cut the slots for the bass strings deeper....
yes, a radiused fingerboard is for ease in barring chords.
you can laminate the wood to improve the strength, look in my pics at the six string that I built, i used five pieces of wood, and also left the fret board flat, its a great slide guitar neck. It is a little bulkier than a usual neck, but its still very playable. I have it strung up with heavy electric strings, and its a 24.5 scale, and the neck is solid as a rock.
If you want to do six strings, you need a reinforced neck to prevent warp. A steel tube (like old Martins) will work, if you don't need relief in the neck (using an adjustable truss rod) to improve action. A separate fretboard will cover the neck rout and tube, as well as improve stiffness of the neck. A radiused fretboard is nice if you do barre chords, but not necessary if you play with a slide.
tal bluver said:
what wood would you use if you don't want to use thrust rod?
Unless you want the experience of building a neck yourself, spend $35.95 and get a pre-made tele style neck and get on with your build. You can't buy the parts to make one for that cheap.
No one will think the less of you (at least not me).
I make frets out of toothpicks. Just saw the groove in the neck with a back saw or fret saw at the proper fret spacing then I glue the toothpicks in. I use flat toothpicks on their edge, but I think you can use the round ones if your saw is the right thickness. Then sand them level with the neck. The contrasting wood looks really nice.
flat fret board makes for easier slide, well for me anyways. Not to lead this thread off track but I also sit on the side of no truss rod, many a guitar is truss less and the notes are nun the wiser.
First go keep it simple and you will be playing the blues by sundown.