How far should the support heel extend out of the box? 2-3"?

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The short answer is that it usually doesn't matter. If you are using a thru-neck design as is common on CBGs, then the heel usually doesn't add any needed strength. On a traditional guitar, the neck does not extend through the "box" so the heel provides some rigidity for the neck joint at the box. On a thru-neck, this does not apply.

Since I like the look af a heel and usually build a stepped neck inside the box, it is easy create a heel even if it is only decorative. I usually have the heel extend about two inches out of the box.

This a clear case of the CBG motto: "There are no rules." Decide what looks good to your eye and go for it. You will not be wrong no matter what you decide.

If you are notching the neck for a pickup you definitely want a heel for added strength.

I agree with Tom I use the stepped neck style it gives you a good solid platform for the use of single coil pups and I find it gives better tone with the extra timber used . Hope this pic helps explain . 

I’d only add that too much might make reaching the highest frets difficult. Mine are around 2 1/2 on the guitars with humbuckers.

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