The necks and body are in a competition to see which is the most difficult to build. It is a close race currently.
With each generation of guitars I have found ways of making the process easier and more repeatable, so both processes are getting fairly easy.
|Here are the very rough neck blanks with the first cross section have been cuts made.|
The cross section cuts separate the neck blank into the rough neck, and the odd shaped piece on the right. That piece gets sliced into making the peg head veneer, internal braces, end blocks etc.
Very little wood goes unused.
|The side profile cuts have been made, and this neck is ready for the first profile cuts. This is followed by sanding the 45 bevels to the lines.
|With the first profile cuts made, the necks really start looking like necks. They start to "feel right" too!|
For the first time holding them makes me want to play some "air guitar!
Also notice how the maple neck looks almost solid white next to the reddish brown mahogany necks.
|The peg head veneer has been glued on and the head stock shape has had rough sanding. Two more sanding operations will bring it to final shape and ready for finishing.|
Note the book matched butterfly veneer on the curly maple head stock, this should end up being gorgeous!
|Cutting slots in the fingerboards at the fret locations. Tedious, but precise!|
|Fitting the fingerboard to the neck now the fret positions are known. The two peices will be joined shortly into a single assembly "the neck".|