April 21st, 2012, 11:44 PM
Have decided it was time to move past mods and hot-rodding and try a full build. Have gotten to the point where I have joined up some good ash, cut the shape, routed and drilled all the necessary cavities and holes. Now come the big decisions. Would like some opinions on neck profiles (pro's/con's C vs. D vs. V or boat hull)? As this is a first build I'm not confident about shaping my own and was wondering who might be considered a reliable vendor for this item? Got a lot more questions coming but figure one at a time was a place to start.:mrgreen:
Colt W. Knight
April 22nd, 2012, 01:15 AM
Neck shape is completely personal. Personally, I like a fat "chunky" V shape that tapers to a D shape. I would recommend a fat neck profile, I've met a lot folks who preferred thinner necks, and of everyone I got to try my fat necked guitars for a week or two converted to fat neck guys. IMO, they sound better, and are easier to play. However, only you can decide what works for you.
If you want to buy a neck, I can recommend Allparts, Musikraft, USACG and Warmoth. These are quality necks.
If you want to take a swipe at building your own neck, check out a few of these threads.
Neck Shaping (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/293920-new-toys-3.html#post3661589)
Building a neck with limited resources (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/314349-building-two-piece-neck-limited-resources.html)
From Scratch (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/276399-single-action-truss-rod-neck-build-w-no-continuity-issues.html)
April 23rd, 2012, 12:21 AM
TNX Colt. I've actually been looking at the V to D profiles. I play a lot of blues and find myself bending into Albert King territory so the V actually gives a huge amount of leverage the more conventional shapes lack. Was glad to have someone verify my thinking on this. Will probably go with a vendor for this one but the links on shaping techniques are much appreciated and bookmarked for future ref. How are you on finishing? Looking to a custom paint job and would appreciate any info on this.