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Best Homemade DIY Neck Rest

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Chetness, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Chetness

    Chetness TDPRI Member

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    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?
     
  2. Nash

    Nash Tele-Holic

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    Mar 8, 2009
    Fullerton, CA
    My local shop uses those "soda" can insulators with a "U" shape cut in the top

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  3. Chetness

    Chetness TDPRI Member

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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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  5. Soapbarstrat

    Soapbarstrat Tele-Meister

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    Aug 29, 2003
    USA
    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.
     
  6. gitlvr

    gitlvr Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2008
    Northern Va.
    I use a paint roller cover/refill. Nice and soft, works great, and it's cheap.
     
  7. Guran

    Guran Friend of Leo's

    Mar 20, 2007
    Sweden
    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.
     
  8. Mike Bruce

    Mike Bruce Friend of Leo's

    Apr 8, 2008
    Ontario
  9. DastardlyDan

    DastardlyDan Former Member

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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.
     
  10. originalmatthew

    originalmatthew Tele-Holic

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    May 12, 2009
    Riverside, California
    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.
     
  11. Chetness

    Chetness TDPRI Member

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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.
     
  12. Zeppelanoid

    Zeppelanoid Tele-Meister

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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.
     
  13. SixShooter

    SixShooter Friend of Leo's

    Sep 20, 2008
    Cincinnati
    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:D
     
  14. guitarzan58

    guitarzan58 TDPRI Member

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    Apr 30, 2009
    Flower Mound
    Here you go. DIY Koozie Guitar Neck Rest:

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    These can be cut to different heights to accomodate acoustics or electrics.
     
  15. nadzab

    nadzab Friend of Leo's

    Mar 23, 2009
    New England
  16. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

    I prefer to use what I have around me:

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  17. richinva

    richinva Tele-Meister

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    Apr 13, 2010
    Rice, VA
    Somehow I just KNEW those things were gonna show up! :D

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

    Rich
     
  18. nadzab

    nadzab Friend of Leo's

    Mar 23, 2009
    New England
    Colt, I just bought a set of those cookies...will they hold a neck still enough for levelling?
     
  19. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    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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