The next step with Adrian’s pair is to fit the necks. The
socket in the body’s end block is routed using a jig, but I always fit the neck
by hand. This procedure involves some very accurate marking out and I thought that I’d show you this little collection of tools that I use.
You’ll notice that
these look more like engineer’s tools and indeed they are; the close tolerances
demanded in instrument making necessitate this type tool.
When you are fitting the neck on to the body you have to
work from the centre lines of the neck and the body; there are no parallel
edges or right angles in the world of luthiery. When checking alignment, I like
to use a right-angle section of extruded aluminium as it’s self-supporting.
With a nice tight joint, no clamps are necessary, just glue-
here you can see gravity doing the work!
And here we have a sneak preview of the tenor mandola with
the fingerboard on and the pearl dots inlaid. I must admit from a purely aesthetic
perspective, the longer scale and 14 fret neck work really well with my “standard" body shape.
Frets next…………but before that, I’d better get the neck fitted to the octave
Labels: Luthier, Nava, octave mandolin, tenor mandola