"Is it normal to have a slight "bow" to the neck? Built a neck on top and not using heavy strings. (first build)"

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Depends on the density of Wood 

It's the Gitty Pure & Simple kit - same design as a Crow with neck on top. Not a huge bow but maybe 1/16 - 1/8 inch ?

Stiffness of the neck (affected by the dimensions, species, and how the grain is oriented) will be your biggest consideration with respect to neck bowing. Other things impact it too but start with a good stiff neck. If you lay a straightedge on the neck, how much of a gap do you have in the middle?

Laid a metal ruler about in the middle of neck ---- I'd say about 1/16" gap. doesn't affect the strings or playing just something I noticed.

Many guitar techs purposely induce a small amount of relief (bow) in the neck. A perfectly straight neck requires a light touch when picking.

Thanks for the info.

Hi, the bow or relief in the neck is normally measured in 1000ths of an inch at the 7th fret, and is different for different set ups. If you have 1/16 to 1/8" I'd say that neck is crap. I would set relief at around  10 thousandths of an inch. I use feeler gauges. 

With a bow in the fingerboard one normally has the have a higher action to avoid fretting out (buzzing) at the high end, which in turn affects intonation. Can you get the neck exchanged.

Taff

Hi again, I should mention that the relief {bow] is measure over the 7th fret with the 1st and 12th fret held down. The fingerboard can then be seen to bow away from the straight string. On a long scale you would fret higher than the 12th fret.

Taff 

Taff - it's a fretless neck (strictly slide) and sounds great. Replaced the Flying Bridge with a piece of threaded rod . Lowered my strings a bit and seems to be fine.

Great, maybe my info will help others. At least you will not get any fret buzz, ha ha.

LOL. I'll post a pic with a metal ruler just for good measure. Hey, ALL info is most welcome.

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