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When to glue in the neck?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Laren, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. Laren

    Laren Tele-Meister

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    Hi guys,

    Pros and cons of gluing in a set neck before or after adding frets.

    Stick it on now or fret it first?

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  2. ctmullins

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    Oh my.

    Wait until the last possible minute before gluing. Do everything else that you can first!

    I can’t even imagine how cumbersome it would be to fret a neck that is already glued to its body.
     
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  3. guitarbuilder

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    On a set neck, I fret my necks before gluing them in. You'll need to bevel them and you risk filing into your newly sanded body if you wait. It's just easier to do separate parts when they are less of a hassle to clamp and get into the right position. Then, when you have to, put them together for final tweaking, sanding, and finishing.
     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    That fretboard is gorgeous! If you don’t want it when you’re done, let me know...
     
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    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    On a set neck I carefully fit the neck without the fretboard to the body. I will clamp it in place a number of times to check geometry. I fret the fretboard before I glue it to the neck. When I am ready I glue the neck to the body, then the f/b to the neck.

    I press frets and it would be nearly impossible to get a guitar with the neck on it into my arbor press. When I refret a set neck guitar I'm forced to hammer the frets, I don't think I do as good a job.

    Edit to add that I usually leave the body just a hair proud of the neck and bring it down to the neck plane. Again, you can't do that with the fretboard in the way.

    Edit again, if your neck tenon extends into the pickup cavity it is much easier to route the cavity with the f/b out of the way.
     
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    I agree! What kind of wood is that?
     
  7. Laren

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    Thanks for the reply guys. Kinda figured it would be best to get the frets in first. The fretboard is , apparently, African Rosewood. Found a plank of it at the lumber yard, should be able to get 12 blanks from it. If your in the UK they have it at Yandles for £20.00

    used it on this build as well

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    It's beautiful, but it doesn't look like any rosewood I've ever seen.
     
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    I have done both. Because one day, you will need to know how to fret with a set neck already on to do a repair or re-fret a guitar. I find it doesn’t really matter. Fretting is a pain either way :confused: I try to do things differently each build to learn new techniques.
     
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    The last one I did, I finished the body and neck separately before gluing.

    after gluing, I did a couple more clear coats to “fill in” the seams.
     
  12. Laren

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    I filled the cement mixer to fill in the seems! It went pretty well actually although the glue down the edge won't take the oil the same as the rest so I have a couple of light patches to deal with later.
     
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