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Can someone explain different neck types?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Michael Jewels, Oct 30, 2001.


  1. While recently looking through a Musiciansfriend catalog, I noticed that certain guitars were described as having a "C," "U," or "V" shaped neck. What are the differences? I know I did a bad thing by looking at guitars,(sorry) but, I know basses have different shape necks as well. Also, what is a quarter sawn neck? I know a reasonable amount about guitar and bass construction, but, I can't fake knowing about this stuff.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mike J.
     
  2. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Well, theres some guitar necks that seem to have a sideways U, V, or straight C neck. That means that from your perspective, the neck would feel like a U or V that was flipped on its side, or like a C. Its just the way the neck is shaped. And yes, they really do make V necks. My friend has an acoustic guitar that has quite a V neck.
     
  3. Player

    Player

    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    Quartersawn is the method of cutting the log. It would be easier to draw, but I'll try to explain. A log is quartered and boards cut from the flat sides so the grain runs perpendicular (to the flat board looking from one end) like this llllllll this results in a portion of the log being wasted, but has superior stability as apposed to slab sawn where the log is just cut into as many flat (and progressively wider) boards as possible. The slab cut will yield effectively quarter-sawn boards from the center of the log.
    The only actual V neck bass that I'm familiar with are from Linc Luthier. They use horizontally laminated quarter-sawn woods in what I believe is a pantented process. On a bass normally you would choose between symetrical (rounded evenly across the back of the neck) or asymetrical (usually thick under the low strings).
     
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    The Linc Luthier V neck is fast and comfortable.
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Pedulla Rapture has a soft V profile.
     
  6. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I played a Washburn Explorer Bass, and it had a V that tapered down into a, well, shallow V, and it was fairly comfortable. Not to fast, but the V fit right in pocket between my thumb and fingers.
     
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Player covered off how it is achieved. Then there's the "why?";

    - Some say the tone quality is superior. Well, maybe so if you're a bat. I don't buy that unless you're talking about a soundboard/acoustic instrument top.

    - Second, many/most wood species simply look better quartersawn. Flatsawn wood tends to have a wilder. more irregular grain while quartersawn has its grain lines close together all across the face (depending on the specie).

    - Third and best reason is that quartersawn wood resists twist and warp better than flatsawn wood. The grain is perpendicular to the stress of the neck as opposed to parallel, like flatsawn.
    That's a generalization and refers to bass necks and the stresses they endure. Flatsawn can be used successfully if the builder is selective about the particular pieces they are using and the species they are using (more homogenous, flatsawn, woods can work fine)

    Unfortunately, quartersawing is said to be a dying art, largely because it is a more expensive process. It involves more labor (turning the wood to cut one flat side, then the other).
    Baseball bats usually break because the batter turned the bat where the grain was "flatsawn" (parallel) to the force of ball meeting the wood..........comme ca -

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