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Do you have a strong neck?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Apr 24. 17 Replies

I seem to have an issue with necks not keeping flat/straight.  I usually use the 1x2 neck wood and double up for the heel into the box.  Woods I have readily available is red oak and poplar (which is…Continue

String tension question ...again :)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Aug 30, 2020. 5 Replies

I have a 25.5  scale, 3-string CGB tuned GBg and currently use 42, 34, 24 gauge wound strings with a humbucker.  I tuned down to EBe and love the playability of the looser feel but want to get the…Continue

Fret Scale, Intonation, Bridge Location - What's the connection?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague Nov 21, 2013. 7 Replies

I have built two CBGs, one slide w/no frets and one with fretted fingerboard.  I'm currently working on a a fretted model with my son.I found, especially with the fretted one, to get the thing tuned…Continue

 

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ChickenboneJohn replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Are you starting with a truly straight and true neck before you put the frets in? It sounds obvious, but after gluing on the fretboard you need to level it and check it with a good heavy straight edge. You say that all the frets are level but how…"
Apr 24
Taffy Evans replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Hi BrianQ, you should see the case it looks like it was left out in a rainstorm and forgotten. Taff"
Apr 23
BrianQ. replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Fingers? Are they still there!!! I’m sure that was a case of sitting in the case somewhere, being forgotten? "
Apr 23
Taffy Evans replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Doctor, I'm having trouble....my fingers keep bleeding, and my guitar plays out of tune...But my neck is very straight. Taff"
Apr 23
Taffy Evans replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Hi, you are correct in saying that a Bowd up neck will not cause fret buzz Carl, but l do see many bowed up necks with frets that buzz. This is normally caused by uneven frets. In this case creating less relief has to be done in conjunction with…"
Apr 23
BrianQ. replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Dale, this is how you post a pic, but don’t forget to click the HTML Editor before you click Add?"
Apr 23
BrianQ. replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Dale, major glitch in the system "
Apr 23
Carl Floyd replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"I know what neck relief is & that a truss rod is used to adjust it & counteract the string pull.  I do all my own setups & adjustments on all of my guitars.  Not enough neck relief will cause string buzz,  Too much makes…"
Apr 23
Dale replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
Apr 23
Taffy Evans replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Hi, further to BrianQs comment before adjustable truss rods solid bars were used. No adjustment. I used bars in my early guitars. One I still play, over 30years on, still has the same low string height it had when first built. The neck is still…"
Apr 22
BrianQ. replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Carl, search “Neck Relief” and you will understand how string pull affects fret buzz & bowing in the neck? It is very common, in fact, the Truss Rod was invented to counteract this? "
Apr 22
Carl Floyd replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Not clear on how a neck bowing from string tension would cause fret buzz.  It make the action higher. Like Taffy said, investigate other causes."
Apr 21
Taffy Evans replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Hi, first let's look at the neck movement issue. In my experience necks move for a couple of reasons, String tension pulling up, or the effects of mother nature, heat, cold, wet, dry. strings will pull a weak neck into a bow upwards, causing…"
Apr 20
BrianQ. replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"That’s exactly what I was thinking?"
Apr 19
Uncle John replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Sounds like you are building strong.   That's how I do them.  The only one I can recall bowing was when I cut it down too much going through the box."
Apr 19
BrianQ. replied to Dale's discussion Do you have a strong neck?
"Yes, pics would be nice? Especially inside, where the cutout is under the lid, you can get some bowing there too?"
Apr 18

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