Monday, August 15, 2022

Shaping the Navatone neck

Throughout the building of my LG50 replica, there’s been a real tension between my desire to make a faithful copy of the original and the need to keep true to my ideals as a luthier. This has resulted in some tweaks and sensible modifications, such as using a two-way adjustable truss rod or binding the fragile edge of the back. I like to feel that any changes that I’ve made would have been approved of by Mr. Matsuki! When it came to carving the neck, after much thought, I decided that I had to give it a “vintage” profile in keeping with the original Guyatone; essentially a deep vee shape. And that’s what I do in the latest video.

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