Hi , just starting out with my first build so gonna have to lean real heavy on you guys (and gals) for a bit . My first big question is , I have a neck (fretted) on order and have a box kit with the ferrules m/c heads etc also bought some wiring , its pezzos , and a magnetic 3 pole pickup . Now if I fit it I will have to recess the neck at some point , will this compromise the strength of the neck ? I plan gluing the neck to the top lid of the box and to bracing blocks at the entry points for extra rigidity , dint want this guitar to have too high an action as I will want to grab odd fretted notes as well as slide , any help greatly appreciated , as I`m as ignorant as a yard dog to the pitfalls of building , cheers ShadowChancer
I do what Pick said, I put a length of wood under the recessed part to strengthen it, the length of the box. It adds some strength to it but also gives you something solid to screw a tailpiece into or bracing. I also use titebond to glue the wood inside the box, then the neck to the bit of wood, and I also use screws where the neck enters and exits the box, back and front. I didn't do that in my earlier guitars but on my recent one the neck came away from the box a little despite having clamped it with titebond for 24 hours. I reckon the cold weather didn't help the glue set properly.
only problem i see with that set up mabe leveling the 2 pieces . unless you left a bit of meat under the recess ,, also it looks like with the string tension ,, that back piece would want to pull up .
i think you have overkill in one spot . instead of sufficientcy throughtout .
yea i use a block under it running the length of the box