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Need ideas for neck jigs

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by ClayGuitars, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. ClayGuitars

    ClayGuitars TDPRI Member

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    Aug 30, 2011
    Orlando, FL.
    Hello all! I've decided to try my hand at building necks. I know there are multiple ways of doing it and a ton of different jigs. What are your favorite jigs to build necks?
     
  2. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 4, 2010
    Athens, GA
    ill post some of mine tomorrow. i use a box with straight and curved rails to slot truss rods. And i have another jig that has a pair of rails and a sled with a pair of radiused slats on it for radiusing.

    got a couple jigs for gibson style necks too. one for cutting the peghead angle, and one for tapering the back of the neck.
     
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  4. ClayGuitars

    ClayGuitars TDPRI Member

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    Aug 30, 2011
    Orlando, FL.
    Thanks OpenG. The description of your jig is kinda what I had in mind, I look forward to the photos.
     
  5. ClayGuitars

    ClayGuitars TDPRI Member

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    Aug 30, 2011
    Orlando, FL.
    Does anyone know how PRS does theirs?
     
  6. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2010
    New Zealand
    PRS uses CNC.
     
  7. CapnCrunch

    CapnCrunch Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 7, 2011
    Washington, USA
    You mean their neck angle? If so, they put the angle on the bottom of the neck heel rather than the bottom of the mortise. There have been one or two PRS style build threads here, they also put the angle on the neck.

    For PRS, I think this is purely a function of using CNC to mill their parts. For a DYI'er, I think it is easier to put the angle on the bottom of the mortise. They both do the same thing though.........
     
  8. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2012
    Kelowna B.C, Canada
  9. ClayGuitars

    ClayGuitars TDPRI Member

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    Aug 30, 2011
    Orlando, FL.
    I've seen people routing a downward curve when routing for a truss rod channel, and using a single action truss rod. One guy told me it sounds a lot better this was, he really couldn't explain why, maybe more wood in the route channel? What do you guys think?

    Also, what are some jigs you would use for routing a curve like that?
     
  10. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    57
    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    That's basically the opposite of how a so-called one piece neck is made, both require a filler strip be glued in. Doing one this way as near as I can tell simply makes using a separate fretboard easier. Easier over-all, it isn't IMO :)
     
  11. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 21, 2007
    College Park MD
  12. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    No, that is somebody's variation of it. I had this posted over on Mimf a decade or so ago, and a guy named Todd Stock took the concept and built it was a couple minor mods. The link is in post number 2 up above in this thread.
     
  13. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 21, 2007
    College Park MD
    All links point to the same place. :(

    I will check out this MIMF you speak of. Its only one letter off from one of my favorite forums. :lol:
     
  14. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    That link is OLF and that is where the tutorial and sketch that Todd made is to be found. You should be able to access it without joining. The Mimf one is in the mimf archive. No sketches there, maybe just a picture if I recall.
     
  15. motor_city_tele

    motor_city_tele Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 25, 2005
    motor city
    Go look up the build challenge threads there are several different

    varieties to choose from. It all depends on what tools you have, What your order of assembly, what might be easy to build that can determine what jig you can come up with. I can tell you one thing. my neck jig from the 2010 build challenge has served me well over the past few years. a couple dozen necks so far.
     
  16. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

    Apr 23, 2009
    Monterey, CA
    An alternative is the jig posted by Scatter Lee.

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/145847-some-my-jigs-templates.html#post1651970

    What I like about this design is that the radius is put on
    the router sled only. In contrast, the design above
    requires matching curves on the sled and on the base.
    If nothing else, this seems to make construction a bit
    trickier.
     
  17. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    The matching curves occur by having your pivot point the distance of the diameter of your router bit on the trammel jig. Two pivot holes 1/2" apart will produce mating curves if using a 1/2 radius bit to cut them out, so it isn't any real work to do that while you are doing the curves for the top section
     
  18. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

    Apr 23, 2009
    Monterey, CA
    Thanks for explaining that. Still, it seems that having two mating
    curves means twice the chance of problems arising from little
    problems in cutting (or routing) the curves.

    Is there any advantage to having mated curves?
     
  19. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I tried to mimic the trunions on a bandsaw table. I think the rigidity is a plus and the inside and outside guides keep everything from shifting.

    Note the early scatter jig... and then the later scatter jig.:)

    Here is where it all started.

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/145847-some-my-jigs-templates.html
     
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