So I've got a basic Gitty CBG kit sitting in the box and I'm prepping to get going on it. I've cut a lot of 2x4s - plywood - pine - etc but zippo experience with hardwoods or any real fine work. And I look at the quarter sawn oak neck with frets and say --- yep I can do this ... shape it ... remove material for the tuners ... cut a nut slot .... It then occurs to me all I need to do is spend a few bucks at Home Depot and buy a piece of hardwood to practice on - in fact I could rough out a neck. Whew ... I'm good with that approach.
Yeah $8 for a 1x2 piece of maple is a deal --- I can practice shaping - cutting nut slots - and drilling tuners on the maple before I work on the actual oak neck.
Sure - totally - but right now when it comes to CBGs or hard woods I don't know s*%t from shinola .... and I have this fully fretted oak neck from Gitty that I want to get mostly right when I build the actual CBG. So the maple 1x2 will give me a place to learn and practice on and screw up as needed to work some ideas out. I can see that building a neck from scratch is quite doable.
I did a lot of practicing on a few pieces of pine. Cheap scrap wood. I know it's soft. But it's also easier to damage. I've only made one neck. And that guitar is unplayable. My fault. I will someday rescue the Rusty Rat Box and make it playable again