Does 3 string neck need truss?

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  1. eddie27

    eddie27 Tele-Meister

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    I'm building a 3 string guitar for my son using a 23" scale neck i bought from a cigar box guitar store. Since there won't be much tension (it will be strung with light gauge G, B, E) I'm thinking lack of a truss won't be an issue. Does that sound right?
     
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    If in doubt, make a 3 piece neck. Laminated necks are stronger and surely won't need a truss rod for your purpose.

    My 4 string baritone electric ukuleles never have truss rods.
     
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    Martin didn't think ANY of their guitars needed a truss for 50yrs or more.
     
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    Do you want any relief when it is strung up? I don't know if truss rods are for strength as much as it is much easier to level frets flat than to carve relief in.

    Some 6 string guitars are made without a truss rod, so you certainly don't need one, but setup is easier if you can make minor adjustments to relief without a file.
     
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    Fret crown the relief in.
     
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    I made a few tenor guitars with an aluminium bar in the neck for reinforcement. It worked well but was not really much of a saving over putting in a two way trussrod.
     
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    Depends on what wood your making the neck from. As long as your not using Pine or similar soft wood, then probably no need for a trussrod on a 3 stringer at that scale length and using light gauge strings. Would recommend using at least 2 pieces(1 for the neck and 1 for the fret board) glued together for the neck.
     
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    I've made a number of cigar box guitars using 1 X 2 piece of oak for the neck, which actually is .75" by 1.5". No issues with the neck bending or staying in tune. Of course, I don't set them up with a very low action either.
     
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