Hi all,

I'm starting my second build and and it will be an electric (CBGitty magnetic pickup). Curious if the notch in the neck (in the cigar box) is required if it will be electric. Thinking that the magnetic pickup will pick up the vibration of the strings. What is the purpose of the notch if I'm not concerned about acoustic sound. Same with sound holes...are they required? Am I right-out-of-er? Thanks.

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It depends on which notch you mean. some notch out the neck the same thickness of the  lid so the box will sit flush with the neck. ( Otherwise you get a little step there ) which aint bad for a slider  but can cause issues  with fretted guitars and action height. ps ...  (sometimes you can accomplish this just by adding a fretboard the same  thickness or thicker  than the  lid.)

some notch just to inlay the pickup . 

if you mean the space that some people notch out between the neck and the lid so the lid can vibrate freely  and resonate more acoustically , then ,in your case  no . it is not needed.  it is actually  debated even just acoustically  to carve a space or glue or screw the neck right to the box. Some folks swear  by each way . some say  a space resos better  , some say a solid bond makes the whole guitar vibrate as one  better. 

i have seen people that have tried both ways  , and  most cant tell the difference  , or prefer the solid bond a bit better . 

personally i think the space is usually  pointless , but alot  of variables can come into play .  ie: wood  type , thickness  , age  . etc.. all could produce different results .

 but you . mag pup, . pure electric ,.  skip that space  imho .

Hey, thanks for getting back to me. That's kindof what I figured. I play bass guitar and The fack that I'm using a magnetic PUP got me thinking. I know I will have to notch for the pickup but the rest I was curious about. Thanks again. On with the build!

yer welcome .  as for the sound holes .  if you don't care about  unplugged volume .  then   you don't need em . the difference they make is mostly over powered by the pickup ,  and actually  in some (rare) cases  can  sound worse or cause feedback when used with a pickup .

Shane has a short video somewhere-here-abouts where he recommends gluing on some more wood to the sides of the neck where you are going to notch for the mag pickup, so the neck doesn't get too weakened.

Thanks, I'll take a look for that. It sounds familiar.


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