Specifications and steps taken to build necks.

Tele style headstock design for our custom bodies. All measurements are in millimeters.

Finished neck thickness: 25
Neck slab thickness: 18
Fingerboard thickness: 7.5

Steps

  1. Ensure neck slab is 18 thick and fingerboard is 7.5 thick.
    (Use thickness planer if needed. The fingerboard can be attached to a thicker slave with DS tape. Attach a piece of stock at the head and heel to eliminate snipe.)
  2. Route channel for truss rod. Use wheel-type double action Hot Rod with wheel to heel.
  3. Attach template to neck slab and outline with pencil.
  4. Cut out the neck, following just outside the line.
  5. Square up the fingerboard and make two sides parallel. Width is a touch narrower than the width of the radius sanding bar.
  6. Use slotting jig and blade to cut fret slots.
  7. Radius the fingerboard using table saw tap as flat surface. Use two boards on either side to guide the sanding block. DS tape everything to table top.
  8. Mark center line on tape attached to each end of FB.
  9. Place masking tape on table surface at each end of FB, draw a line that corresponds to the CL of the sanding beam. Line up FB, centering it on these center marks. There will be a small gap on either side of the FB.
  10. Save dust from sanding FB and use later for filling the slot ends. Use calipers to check corners during sanding, get them close as possible.
  11. Silicone the truss rod in place. Keeps it from moving or vibrating.
  12. Use metal tacks with shanks cut off as pins to align FB on neck. Drive into neck just a little.
  13. Tape two strips on bottom side of FB for penciling the edges of the neck. Draw lines and cut the FB just outside these lines on bandsaw.
  14. Center FB on center lines, apply downward pressure over pins to mark the underside. Use a 1mm drill for pin clearance. Keeps FB from moving while gluing.
  15. Clean gluing surfaces with acetone.
  16. Put tape on side of neck to catch glue squeeze out drips.