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Laminate tops and Volute Q

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Brendan, May 14, 2002.

  1. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    When making a continuous cap for a neckthrough bass, how thick is the usuall cap? In this case, Padauk over mahogony.

    Also, with the angled headstock, where would I place the volute? I would guess right where the neck starts to angle back...?
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    The cap can be as thick as you want. You might consider making it thick enough to match the laminate top on the wings, if there are any.

    The volute is generally centered around the nut. Obviously, a volute makes more of a difference if your truss rod access is at the headstock end. If it's not, then more or less it's just a matter of what seems comfortable.