Neck laminate question

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  1. Potatocaster

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    Hi folks,

    As I'm plotting my build I've realized the stock I ordered isn't thick enough for a single piece or two piece neck. I'm now looking at laminates, but I can't find a good answer to the following:

    Is there is problem with horizontal or vertical approaches or are both fine.

    Horizontal:
    XXXXXXXYYYYYYZZZZZ
    XXXXXXXYYYYYYZZZZZ
    XXXXXXXYYYYYYZZZZZ

    VERTICAL:
    XYX
    XYX
    XYX
    XYX
    XYX

    EDIT: Basically fCe to fAce or edge to edge.

    Im looking at either stacking boards for thickness or turning them in their side. I have hard maple and black walnut to work with in this scenario.

    Sorry if this is a dumb question. Just had issues finding and answer.
     
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  2. Jim_in_PA

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    Stacking vertical across the width will provide strength in the direction that will benefit the forces that typically affect a guitar neck. If you plan things well, you can get some very nice quarter sawn and/or figured grain across the laminations that way, too. Sacking them "flat" isn't going to be attractive normally, IMHO.
     
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    Thank you! That helps considerably. I figure I can take several planks, turn them on their side, and get the width I need with ample depth. Might even alternate between woods for some visual flare.

    I ask about the stacking as I know that's done for caps on guitar bodies.
     
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    Marty, that's an awesome example, and I have a nigh identical bass. :)

    Tater, I'm planning on trying a laminate similar to an old carvin I had with maple and walnut or something similar, but Marty's right, lll is the way to go.
     
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    think about drum shells and how their laminates can bend around into those radii... you don't want the flat/skinny side running along the fretboard.

    running perpendicular to the fretboard will give you those purty stripes and be a lot more stable than a one piece
     
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    Like this:
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    I mostly laminate my necks. This is my current, archtop, build.
     
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    And there are a few things to consider. The middle stripe should be reasonably wide so that there is enough wood left and right to meaningfully support the glue lines after you route out the truss rod channel. So don’t make it too thin. Next if you bolt on the neck you would want to dimension the 3 or 5 stripes in a way so that the screw holes don’t exactly hit the glue lines either.

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  10. Potatocaster

    Potatocaster TDPRI Member

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    That looks gorgeous. My black walnut is very thin so I think I'll go for that style you have there.
     
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