Hi guys,After an number of builds now mostly throught neck type so just flat straight through, i was thinking of emulating some of your more advanced builds, with a bolt on , or glued on neck with heel etc, I have noticed the bridge and pick ups on some of the builds are quite high, obvious this requires the neck to angle back.

I was wondering is there a formula or is it a matter of planing ahead and working out all the angles etc, taking into account finger boards , nut etc

Was going to make it a "standard" guitar more pick and play than slide and pick.

Any help greatly appreciated


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I draw mine out on the computer with a drafting program first. In general, guitar neck angles are about 2 degrees.

If you're doing a neck through design, you can cut the bridge end deeper than the neck end to accomplish this.

If you're doing a bolt on neck you can put a shim in the neck pocket similar to Fender guitars. If you glue on the neck you would slice away the dovetail joint so it's at an angle instead of 90 degrees. 

If you go too deep with any design you can always adjust it with shims.

I cut off a little wedge from the in-box portion of my neck.  At about 6" from the line where the stick enters the box, I measure down 3/8" and make a mark, and then draw a line from the enters-the-box line through the mark.  And then I cut away a recess so that it does not touch the lid. The end of the stick butts up at the heel end of the box, but does not go through. It is supported from beneath from a little block cut to size, and the tailpiece is screwed into the block/end of stick.

Keep it simple - if you use screws rather than glue to fix the neck it's a 5 minute job to take it out and shim it if the action and neck angle isn't right.

Check out Jims Videos, most notably the Macanudo build and the scarf joint

Jim Frets Vids

Thanks guys and gals...now to cut , saw, plane, glue and screw.. TWANG !!!


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