I'm on my third build and decided to use a walnut neck saddled over the box, but man it is so light! I ain't no carpenter so a little advice on good woods for the neck would be appreciated, is walnut ok or should I go for more dense heavier woods like oak or mahogany???
Thanks for the advice. Maple is soooooooo expensive here in the UK, but I guess you get what you pay for
careful picking through the wider boards that were plain/flat-sawn (cheaper), and you can get close-enough perpendicular grain/rings for a neck from the edges of a bigger board, and then use the remainder for blocking or other non-git-neck stuff.
Hi Bill, thanks for the advice but, seeing as I'm a total ignoramus when it comes to timber, could you please explain what ''quarter sawn'' is.
Walnut is not a particularly light timber...are you sure it really is walnut? It's only about 10% less dense than sapele and maple, certainly not as light as stuff such as poplar.
Hi John, I did buy it off ebay so I guess you can never be 100% sure. My first build has a European white oak neck and my second has a mahogany neck, both do seem heavier but maybe I'm exaggerating a little.......out with the scales!!
I've done a couple walnut necks that worked okay, though I usually prefer to use maple for the neck with a walnut fretboard glued on, which is stronger and more stable. It's not unusual for it to feel lighter than white oak.
Here's a better view (with worse focus...) of the drawer pull tailpiece you asked about, this was the only place I could seem to post it for you. You can see that the top of it sits just above the box top, allowing room for the strings to pass through holes drilled for them. This gives as much "break angle" as possible over the nut, with limited torque on the end of the box (which is attached to the end of the neck anyway, which keeps it from being torqued by the string tension).