Hello all of you knowledgeable instrument builders,
After building three four string guitars, a three string guitar, an eight string mandolin, an ukulele, and a diddley bow I feel ready to graduate to building a six string.
The only problem is that I'll need a truss rod for that and I do not have any power tools (except for a drill). So how do I cut a straight and even truss rod groove without a router?
My only idea so far is to make a three part laminate neck with the middle part the same width as the square metal rod I want to use as a nonadjustable truss rod. Something like the sketch below.
Do you think that would work? Has anybody done this successfully?
Or build your own.
That is beautiful, Kirk!
There are instructional videos on You Tube on how to make your own. To be fair it looks harder than making a three string!
your multi-piece neck will probably work and might even be stronger than a single piece neck. As far as the router plane, all the ones on eBay were more expensive than a real router, not sure what you can find in Germany, you may find someone who has a shop and can route it for you for a minimal cost.
Let us know what you do
This method is a "poor man's" router.
I'm liking that!
Multi-laminate necks are the way it was done before truss rods came along.,the diagram above will work just fine.,.,.,even if you leave out the metal rod.,.,check out Steve Wishnevsky's builds.,.,he has a 6 string bass on ebay right now with no truss rod in the neck and none needed.,.,i'm sure he has thousands of builds that used the multi-laminate style neck with no truss rod.,.,ask him.,.,he tells no lies.,.,
and I have tried it too.,,.a 3 piece neck with a fingerboard, and the diagram above is very similar to a "I" beam.,.,plenty rigid.,.,
I own a Wishnevsky "Wishbass" and it's fantastic!
Shane, I used to be a Wishnevsky collector.,I was up to 25 or so before the big sell-off.,.,I still have 5 or 6 from the old days., Have to say you have some nice builds yourself,. !!
Thanks, Chickenbone John, Kirk, Richard, and Jerry!
This router plane looks like an awsome tool, but yes, the ebay listings are all quite pricey - so I guess what will happen is what often happens to me when I'm looking for advice for building one thing on this site: I'll end up buiding at least two things... first a router plane and then a six string...
... Or I'll just go with the multi-laminate option - a six string bass without truss rod? Wow! - I don't like my necks to be too meaty though and am afraid that I'wont dare to make it as slim as as I would like without a truss rod... Might be worth a try though....
... so basically I'm gonna build at least three things: a router plane (there's also this very simple and basic version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2a_FwjAgk), a six string with truss rod, and a six string with multi-laminate neck... I have two very nice wine boxes lying around here...
Report back! I'd love to see pics of the router plane and necks!