Photo Gallery of Building the Neck

 

The building of the Strat neck in chronological order. To enlarge the photo to full size, click on it.

34 - Strat  - Neck - Blank Manuka - DSCN1072The Kanuka plank 20mm thick except at the headstock end where it is a bit thinner. Doesn’t really matter as the top 5 mm or so will come off anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 - Strat  - Neck - Marking Outline with Template - DSCN1073Marking the neck outline on the plank with the template.

 

 

36 - Strat  - Neck - Routing truss rod channel 1 - DSCN1075Drilled the hole for the truss rod adjustment first and ready to rout the truss rod channel.

 

 
 

37 - Strat  - Neck - Routing truss rod channel 2 - DSCN1077First cut, just checking if it is indeed in the middle.

 

 

 

 

38 - Strat  - Neck - Routing truss rod channel 3 - DSCN1080Channel routed, a couple of small ‘slip-ups’. Cutting the end channels by hand with a small chisel.

39 - Strat  - Neck - Truss Rod in Channel 1 - DSCN1082

 

 

 

Checking out how the rod fits.

 

 

40 - Strat  - Neck - Truss Rod in Channel 2 - DSCN1083This will do for me, just need to glue in a small strip of timber in the bottom of the channel to provide a bend to the truss rod.

41 - Strat  - Neck -  Inserting Curved Strip in Channel 1 - DSCN1084

 

 

The small strip is about 3.5 mm high in the middle and cut out of a spare piece of Kanuka.

42 - Strat  - Neck - Making Curved Filler Strip - DSCN1085

 

Here the leftover piece of Kanuka which will be glued in the channel on top of the truss rod.

43 - Strat  - Neck -  Filler Strip Curve 4mm - DSCN1087

 

Showing the gap…

 

 

44 - Strat  - Neck -  Gluing in Filler Strip 1 - DSCN1088
 
 

And gluing it in the channel. Truss rod is definitely in place and nicely pre-bend.

 

 

 

 

45 - Strat  - Neck -  Gluing in Filler Strip 2 - DSCN1090Sideways shot.
 

 
46 - Strat  - Neck -  Sawing off Excess of Filler Strip - DSCN1091

47 - Strat  - Neck -  Sawing off Excess Done - DSCN1092

48 - Strat  - Neck -  Chiselling off Excess of Filler Strip - DSCN1093Cutting the excess away with a handsaw. Protected the neck surface with some masking tape first.

49 - Strat  - Neck -  Chiselling off Excess of Filler Done - DSCN1094

 

 

 

 

Excess removed.

 

 

 

 

Chisel time.

 

 

 

 

 

Chiseling done.

 
 

50 - Strat  - Neck -  Excess Removed and Sanded - DSCN1095

And final sanding completed. I’ll drink to that :)

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

51 - Strat - Neck - Outline Jigsawed - DSCN1096Jigsawed the neck outline and now the neck can be routed.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

52 - Strat - Neck - Routed 2 - DSCN1098Routing done.

 

53 - Strat - Neck - Routed 3 - DSCN1099

54 - Strat - Neck - Gluing Fretboard 1 - DSCN1100

54 - Strat - Neck - Gluing Fretboard 2 - DSCN1101

55 - Strat - Neck - Gluing Fretboard 3 -  DSCN1102

 

Time to glue the fretboard on.

 

 

 

Glue nicely and evenly spread out.

 

 

 
 

 
 

Clamping it all together, using a good, fat plank so the pressure is evenly distributed over the fretboard.

56 - Strat - Neck - Marking Fret Locations 1 - DSCN1103

58 - Strat - Neck - Marking Fret Locations 2 - DSCN1104

59 - Strat - Neck - Marking Fret Locations 3 - DSCN1105

 

 
 

Professionally marking out the fret positions :)

This happens to be a Squire neck…

 
 
As you can see the fretboard hasĀ  been routed as well, no photo of that.

 

 

All fret positions marked up.

60 - Strat - Neck - Marking Fret Locations 4 - DSCN1106

 

 

 
 
 

Also at the lower end of the neck.

Next up Making the Inlays