Ian’s model 2 guitar is now coming together. As with all my
guitars, the neck is joined to the body with a tapered dovetail joint; the
female section in the body is routed using a jig, whilst the male section is cut and fitted
entirely by hand.
The alignment of the neck is, of course, critical and on a
cutaway even more so, as one edge of the fingerboard has to line-up perfectly with
the edge of the cutaway.
Once the neck has been glued in place (no clamps, just a
good joint and gravity!), I continue the slot for the carbon-fibre rods into
the body to make the joint even more rigid.
I often have a bit of a debate with myself about the end
shape of the fingerboard; here it seemed natural to echo the curve of the sound
And after some more careful alignment, the fingerboard goes on.
forget the two-way truss rod! Here you can see it installed before the ‘board
is glued on; I like to protect it with PTFE tape.
And then we glue it on……………
In the meantime, Alan’s bubinga mandolin is coming together
nicely too! You can see that the rim is complete, with my double thickness
solid linings and the back has just been fitted to it.
Labels: bubinga mandolin, dovetail neck joint, Gary Nava handmade guitars and mandolins