Been gone a couple years. Felt I had reached a plateau as far as CBG skillset, so I've been building Telecasters (couple pix below). Occasionally,  CBG influence creeps into my geet builds.

Building got me through the covid mess, but recently I'm noticing the price of lumber is about to price me out of building full size guitars. I've also got a part time gig teaching a class on how to build a Tele at a local makerspace and am pitching a CBG class, so I'm trying my hand at CBG's again, though this time with a much improved skillset from the guitars.

So I'm working on a cbg with a black Rocky Patel 12-year box. As I'm working on the neck, a recent Tele build comes to mind. It is made from edge-on birch plywood, and I thought, I wonder how an edge-on neck or fretboard would work.



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Yes, necks have been made of Plywood since early the mid 60’s? There’s a few members here, Jittery Jay & Randy Bretz who have built necks & fretboards out of plywood & Spectraply, which is dyed plywood? I’m not understanding “edge-on”, maybe there’s another terminology that better describes it? 

Hi, I thought James meant cutting the ply so that the laminations are visible from the top of the fingerboard or the back of the neck. Like some of the Martin guitar necks.


Ok, you meant inverting the grain? And yes, that would be the only way you could get any rigidity to the neck using plywood? I have several Japanese guitars with plywood necks that are nice, it never really caught on over here til the modern DIY craze? Check this guy out?

this guy is a master at making paterns with plywood.

Need some quality plywood for that.


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