finally got the 4 string finished. Took it out for a trial run, had to us my Lynas Stubby slide

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Comment by Danny Gordon on September 27, 2018 at 2:19am

Thanks again to everyone for the encouragement and help, You all are the best

Comment by Richard Sundberg on September 26, 2018 at 7:51pm

Lots of interesting facts about using cedar. It sure looks good Danny, that’s a great combination of red plate  and wood! Lynas slides always make it easier and this tone sounds  good!   The cedar body is tops!

Comment by Danny Gordon on September 26, 2018 at 1:57am

Thanks AD I will definitely keep working it, Thanks Unc and Nancy. Unc I may have opened up a topic for debate on this one concerning the cedar neck

Comment by Danny Gordon on September 26, 2018 at 1:55am

my necks are through the body and 3/4 inch out the back side. I spray 3 coats of clear lacquer on all parts after building, this neck is a little thinner than what I have used before but not much.

Comment by Danny Gordon on September 26, 2018 at 1:53am

I have used cedar on all my builds and so far so good no warping no breaking (knock on wood)

Comment by Uncle John on September 25, 2018 at 4:24pm

I tried to research cedar for necks on the internet.  Varied info and that includes the fact that there are quite a few varieties of cedar and each with different properties.  One source said that cedar is sometimes used for nylon stringed guitars.  Generally speaking, a hard dense wood is used for factory made guitars.  Most often mahogany and maple are used. 

Cedar is a soft wood.  But what is the CBG Rule?   No Rules!

Comment by Uncle John on September 25, 2018 at 3:06pm

Cedar is beautiful, Kirk.  I don't know the answer for sure, but anytime you laminate (add a finger board or through the neck heel) you add strength and rigidity.  Even if the finger board is soft, like a yard stick or lathe it adds those good things.  I would rather cut those 2x2s down for two necks and add the laminations.

This topic might be good for the forum.  You'd likely get someone more expert about it than I am.  Good wishes on the builds.

Comment by Kirk on September 25, 2018 at 2:51pm

I'm only asking because a friend gave me some 2" x 2"'s of cedar that's just gorgeous.  I was hoping to make a fretless build with one of them.  I might have to do a 3 piece neck or something, if it's too soft. 

Comment by Uncle John on September 25, 2018 at 2:47pm

On the cedar topic, cedar makes good tops  - a great tone wood.  Canadian guitar maker, Seagull, makes a lot of cedar tops.  On the down side of those, the tops get scratched up kind of easily if they don't have a thick and hard finish.

Comment by Uncle John on September 25, 2018 at 2:44pm

Kirk, I don't know for sure.  I think of cedar as being a bit flexible.  Does anyone else know?   Laminating it to the fretboard would stiffen and strengthen. 

I was on a cheap build kick in August and built some with pine and glued up fretboard and through the box heel.  They seem good.

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