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Old February 2nd, 2010, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Homemade DIY Neck Rest

To work on my nuts and bolts I need some ideas for an easy homemade neck rest. I was thinking a nylon filled with rice but wanted something a little nicer and sturdier. Any thoughts?

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Old February 2nd, 2010, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My local shop uses those "soda" can insulators with a "U" shape cut in the top

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Old February 2nd, 2010, 08:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome...and then you can also keep your beer or soda cozy when you play--too cool!!!
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mine is a half-moon (self-leveling) deal much like that wood one StewMac sells. I just used a few pieces of scrap wood, cut with a jig-saw before gluing them up. Roughed in the neck hugging curve on a router table then finalized with coarse sandpaper over a properly sized steel pole (might be from a fence). Stole some cork from a worn out bulletin board.

There's another really cool self-leveling one that came out not too long ago. I think it's black plastic. If you know the one, then maybe you also thought like me, that a toilet paper roll holder would be the key to making a DIY version.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 11:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use a paint roller cover/refill. Nice and soft, works great, and it's cheap.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 04:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I use a plastic bottle, half filled with gravel to give it some mass, lying on the side under the neck. Self-shaping and free.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 08:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I took a look at the Stew-Mac catalogue and thought, I can make one of those. Semi-circular block of wood with the flat side contoured convex and lined with cork.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Sp...xst=3&xsr=3512

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the shop I used to go to in college took a cheap guitar case an old beat up acoustic one I assumed and cut out the insides and had them mounted onto wood, basically all the soft ruby red interior without the case around it. It was on top of their counter next to the register so whenever you brought your guitar in for anything they'd lay it down on that. This was nice because the body was protected from scratches too.
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I made my bed from scrap plywood, some thin foam padding and an old suede coat. Made the neck rest height adjustable, with a foam and suede covered piece of 2" pvc pipe cut in half for the cradle.
It's too ugly for pictures, but it works great.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 11:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I ended up gorilla gluing a dollar store computer wrist pad for mouse to a block of wood.
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I made mine out of an old door and some old carpet.

I'd post pictures, but there are some things you can't un-see.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 10:20 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I made my bed from scrap plywood, some thin foam padding and an old suede coat. Made the neck rest height adjustable, with a foam and suede covered piece of 2" pvc pipe cut in half for the cradle.
It's too ugly for pictures, but it works great.
Aw, come on guys, post some photos of these. We're not expecting perfection in a bench rest. I've been looking to make one of these too, and some photos would help
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Old February 14th, 2011, 03:13 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Here you go. DIY Koozie Guitar Neck Rest:



These can be cut to different heights to accomodate acoustics or electrics.
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Bag o' rice.
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Somehow I just KNEW those things were gonna show up!

I use those as well, one of the best tools ever.

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Colt, I just bought a set of those cookies...will they hold a neck still enough for levelling?
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Colt, I just bought a set of those cookies...will they hold a neck still enough for levelling?
Yes, but they don't provide any support, so I wouldn't use them for that task. Essentially, if you level without middle support, the middle frets will be higher, creating an arch in your playing plane.
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