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How to tell if my neck is even

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bardolph, May 28, 2004.


  1. Bardolph

    Bardolph

    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    On my custom I'm shaping the back of the neck myself with a 4-in-1 file. People have told me just to use my hands to feel if it's level, but I'm afraid that I'll feel it a hundred times and be convinced I have it just right, and then I get the finish on and everything together and start playing it and notice an uneven spot. For those of you who have shaped necks before, how do you make sure you have it uniform all the way down?
     
  2. First of all, if you have a lot more wood to remove, then I recommend roughing it out with a sturdy knife. If goes a lot faster then. One good way is to use a kind of long sanding block all the way up and down it. That way you can even out the differences. Also, don't worry too much about it. If you can't feel it when shaping, the instrument should still be playable.
     
  3. Bardolph

    Bardolph

    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I'm pretty close to being done. I don't want to be taking a lot off.