I have a cheap Stanley spokeshave. After a little cleaning and sharpening, it makes quick work of a neck.... Half the time I don't need a rasp...
The Shinto rasp works great. There is none finer. The only drawback is that there is not a curved version.
Don't underestimate kitchenwares as woodworking tools. My Kiwi brand vegetable peeler works as good as any spokeshave. The fine cheese graters I got from Aldi do a great job on lighter woods like pine.
I also like to just whittle with a sharp knife.
Great idea! I've already thought of several uses for the peeler: cleaning up fret glue, fine-tuning F holes, etc.
Wife'll never miss it--although she's still mad about how I got glue in her toothbrush.
** it is not really an either/or position, these are fundamentally different tools.
a surform (or rasp, woodfile) is great for roughing out shapes quickly, they chew wood up. They're really handy for rough shaping a neck, especiallly say the heel and where the head meets the neck.
A spokeshave is a kind of plane, usually with a curved blade rather than a flat one. It shaves wood away in thin slices. It is a finishing tool, when you know how to use it the work will not need any sanding or anything afterwards and sanding may in fact take you backwards..
They're both great tools and really handy to make a guitar neck, although it is possibly to make one without either.
I forgot to mention one of my favorite tools - the cabinet scraper. It quickly cleans up rasp marks and it's pretty inexpensive. Old timers would use a piece of broken glass as a scraper to get a nice smooth finish.