How long does it take to build a neck?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by peterg, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. franblanc

    franblanc TDPRI Member

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    Do you build to order? I'm looking to buy a telecaster neck (C radius nothing special).
     
  2. guitarbuilder

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    I no longer do custom work for others due to the hassles involved with customers, but I responded to your PM.
     
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    Came to say this. As someone with a lot less experience than a lot of you here, order of operations seems to be more important than how long any one task takes. I’ve built about a dozen necks, for a fender style my order is

    Dimension blank and board

    Establish centerline and cut truss rod

    Clamp together and wait

    Slot board glue to blank

    Wait a few days, check for movement

    Drill tuner pilot holes

    Thickness headstock while edges are still square

    Final outline

    Binding channel if necessary

    Radius board

    Install frets

    Shape profile

    Sand sand sand

    Fret work

    It took me a few tries to get this order but this yields the best/most repeatable/most efficient results from my small shed shop
     
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  4. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nice order! :)
     
  5. Vizcaster

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    The first neck takes a hundred times longer than the second one. So don't count building the templates (plural, because you'll experiment with different nut widths, and there's the Strat/Tele heel profile issue), making the trussrod-channel routing jig, finding a way to index or mark your fret slots (let alone some arrangement to control depth on the saw when cutting the slots), and making a radius profile sanding block. You may or may not want to make profile cards for the neck carve (use a thick piece of solder molded to a neck you like, then trace it and make cutouts of stiff cardboard to check your carving progress). Tuner drilling jig (or carefully located index holes on the main template). Oh, and the angle drilling jig for headstock plug on the trussrod nut.

    You'll be fine. Trust me it's very rewarding every time somebody says, "Really, you made the neck? How did you get the trussrod in there??"
     
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