Fender Neck Thickness

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  1. shodan144

    shodan144 TDPRI Member

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    OK, total newbie here. I am curious about the origin of the standard 1" Fender neck thickness.

    I was routing out a body and accidentally made the neck pocket the same depth as the neck pup. Instead of 5/8", I wound up with 3/4". In my infinitesimal wisdom, I compensated by making the overall neck thickness 1 1/8".

    The result was a neck that was a bit on the clunky side but exhibiting wonderful sustain.

    Is this a total fail or can it be more of a feel/preference thing?

    Thanks in advance for your input...
     
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    Edit: Nevemind (Reading is fundamental). :)
     
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    I’m sure the experts can give you some more “expert” opinions, and I’d be interested to know, cos I have a neck blank cut to shape that’s at 21mm. My plan is to use a 5mm Fretboard and take my pocket down an extra mm to 17.

    Obviously I can shape the neck profile to what I want, so the only difference will be the slight extra thickness at the heel.
     
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    Never heard of that. Rough lumber is Sold in factions like this 4/4 5/4 8/4 12/4
    with 4/4 being about 1" inch thick and 5/4 being about 1 1/4" 1 1/2 or something like that.
    Maybe that's why.

    Were Fender's first Necks all 1 piece?

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    4/4 means approximately 1″ thick
    5/4 means approximately 1-1/4″ thick
    6/4 means approximately 1-1/2″ thick
    8/4 means approximately 2″ thick
    12/4 means approximately 3″ thick
     
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  5. eallen

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    The thing that counts for setup is that the top of the fretboard is the same height above the guitar top surface. Technically how you get there doesn't matter. As for the chunky neck, you could or can take more material off to gain the desired thickness at the 1st & 12th fret. The only place the thickness really needs to exist to compensate is the neck heal.

    All that said, someone brought me a body to make a neck for. I realized the individual had routed the pocket to 3/4" deep. When I told him the additional cost for a thicker piece of wood for thickness needed for the neck he requested I glue a piece into the pocket to make it the correct depth. While you can make a thicker neck work, no standard neck will fit it, should you decide to ever change it.


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    Thanks for posting this, now I understand what your US measures mean.:D
     
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