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18/01/2021 12:17 am  
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Hi Everyone 

Thanks to Mark’s great videos I’ve bluffed my way through up to this point... (got a little over zealous routing the truss rod slot... but nothing I don’t think a cover can’t fix) My question is... What is a good overall Stratocaster-ish thickness to make this thing? (From the heel to the nut) I know headstock should be about 15mm or so but Marks video is a set neck and this one is a bolt on with a scarf joint headstock so I’m a little stumped and don’t want to make firewood just yet out of this thing.

 

I’m sure this is beyond an elementary question so thanks for being patient!

 

-D


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18/01/2021 9:28 am  

14-16mm you are safe


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18/01/2021 9:28 am  

@usadave

Looking good so far Dave!

I see what you mean about the truss slot, yeah that’s what faceplates are for 😂

The dimensions that you’re after are roughly 21mm at the first fret and 23mm at the octave. That’s with the fretboard on, mind you!!!

That will get you a medium sized neck profile. It you want it chunky then leave it a tad bigger...

If you’re signed up on the course (if not, what are you waiting for?!?) you’ll find this info when Mark is carving a neck, in the bolt on neck course as well as the one for the Bandsman. 

The neck to body construction doesn’t have an affect on the neck dimensions really, the shape that you’re after can be achieved on a bolt on, set or neck through.

 

 

 

Pratice on scrap...


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18/01/2021 9:29 am  

Make sure you do a nik test before surface routing all the way through. Learned that lesson the hard way. Beautiful looking neck you got there. 


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18/01/2021 9:32 am  

14-16 mm thickness for headstock. For neck, 21mm on first fret, 23mm on 12th fret all in accordance of the fretboard already attached.


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18/01/2021 9:33 am  

I tend to do 22mm-24mm for neck taper. Just my preference.


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18/01/2021 9:36 am  

I see what you are saying about the truss slot. Add a veneer on your headstock and will be all good.


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18/01/2021 10:04 am  

Thanks everybody!


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18/01/2021 11:18 am  

My Firebird neck is about 2.5mm thicker than normal - it feels fine - I worked on the basis that with a through neck if you make it too thin you are really screwed but too fat and you can remove more if you need to.   It does feel quite chunky but plays nicely.

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