First You Cut Down a Tree... (Part 6)

posted Mar 21, 2012, 12:07 PM by Hiram Philo   [ updated Mar 27, 2012, 10:11 AM ]
Some of you may remember that in a recent post I told you to "stay tuned to see what other measures I take to strengthen the guitar's neck."  The day has come.  The first picture today is with the head stock glued to the neck blank.  This joint may look initially like it lacks the strength I have indicated will be necessary to withstand the tremendous forces the neck endures when the strings are tightened.  Later you will see how the fret board, together with the neck, forms a slot that the head stock wedges into,
creating a strong joint.

In this next picture you can see I have added a few things besides the lamination, for strength.  The black strips are reinforcement rods made of graphite.  And, the metal doodad in the center of the neck is a truss rod.  Most modern guitars have some sort of truss rod.
Truss rods are mechanisms to enable adjustments to the bow of guitars necks.   Cedar is very seldom used as a neck wood on steel string guitars because it is so light.  Therefore, to add stability, I chose a truss rod which has quite a bit of metal.

Be sure to tell any who may under appreciate the time you are now taking, to peer into the "art of luthierie," that today has been a day of "revelation."  Many have desired to know the inner workings of a guitar neck ... and today... you have seen.

Melodrama aside, thanks for reading my blog.  Hiram 

To see the next post in this series click here:  First You Cut Down a Tree... (Part 7)
Click this link to read through this series of posts from their beginning:  First You Cut Down A Tree